How Long Does It Take for Paint to Dry?

June 07, 2022

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Planning a painting project in your home? Whether you’re a DIYer or you’d like to have the professionals come in and take care of all the details, it helps to know exactly what you can expect. One of the most important details to keep in mind is how long it takes for paint to dry. This can determine how long it will take to complete your project and when you can expect your home to be fully functional again.

Factors Impacting Dry Time

As you may have guessed, several factors can influence how long it takes for paint to dry, and consequently how long it will take to finish your painting project. Some of the top factors include:

Type of Paint

Latex paint can typically dry in an hour or two. Oil-based paint can take up to eight hours. Meanwhile, epoxy coatings that are used to paint garage floors and other heavy-duty surfaces may take 12 hours before you can walk on them and up to a week to fully cure. You’ll want to refer to the paint information on the paint can to determine the ideal dry time based on the product you choose.

Recoating vs. Fully Dry

The amount of time needed between coats of paint may be shorter than the full dry time. The total length of your painting project will therefore also depend on whether you need primer and how many coats of paint are needed after that.

Painting Technique

How the paint is applied can make a difference in dry time as well. Proper application that avoids drips and overly thick layers of paint will ensure the dry time is kept to a minimum.

There are a lot of things that can affect how long it will take for paint to dry. It’s best to turn to the professionals to understand how long it will take based on your particular project. Contact Southern Painting today to learn more about our painting services and related solutions for homeowners throughout the South.

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