The most time consuming step in any redecorating process is painting, but when it’s done right, it will last for years to come. It’s important to take your time in painting and letting the paint dry, and not to rush putting furniture back.
Rushing in adding decorative pieces can scratch the paint if it’s not dry enough. Also, crowding the room with furniture before it’s dry reduces air circulation in the room causing problems on the long run like moisture in walls that can cause the walls to get musty.
There are a couple of ways you can follow to make the paint dry faster, it all comes to the kind of paint you have used. Some paints take more time, but choosing the faster paint to dry is not always a good choice.
Choosing between Latex and oil-based paints
Latex paint is a water based paint that is more suitable for large surfaces and the home interior. It’s a fast drying paint, usually takes about four hours before you can paint a second coat. This kind of paint takes up to a month to cure, and sometimes longer.
On the other hand, oil-based paints are more suitable for painting metals and woods. Normally, oil-based paints take more time to dry, it can take up to 24 hours before you can paint a second coat. You will find it dry to the touch after about six to eight hours, don’t let that tempt you to rush and paint the second coat, give it time. However, oil-based paints only take about a week to cure unlike latex paints.
How to fasten dry your paint
As I mentioned earlier, there are some ways to dry your paint faster.
- Keep coats thin: it’s always a good idea to paint thin coats with just enough paint rather than heavy coats that take above average time to dry. Also, thick paint doesn’t dry evenly, making it harder to know when it’s fully dry.
- Choose the right time: the best time to paint is when humidity is low and temperature is average.
- Method to dry: running the air conditioning fastens the dry time. However, make sure that the room is well ventilated to allow proper air circulation.
Although, it’s better to paint while windows are open for your own safety, use the air conditioner after you finish painting.
- Method of application: using a paint roller will ensure getting a thin coat for a consistent finish. You can’t get the same results with regular paint brushes, which usually leaves streaks and you end up with thick paint.
When to decorate
Again, it’s always a good idea to give things time.
Starting to decorate and hanging your favorite paintings before the paint is fully cured has it’s problems. You don’t want to end up with wallpaper not adhering or frames sticking to the wall.
Better to wait until the chemicals and solvents evaporate to a great extent, and the wall feels dry to the touch so you can fully enjoy your new paint.