Taking on a paint job can be very exciting. Whether you are going the DIY route or hiring a professional, those first few strokes of paint on the wall are a great thing to see. It often takes a lot of preparation to even get to the point where you can actually start painting. You have to choose the paint type, color, and sheen. Then, you have to prepare the area and surface by cleaning. After that, you or your contractor will further prepare the surface if necessary buy patching damaged areas and taping of the area that is to be painted. After all that work, it is we know how anxious you might be feeling to get that paint to get on the wall and wait for it to dry. However, it is essential to give your interior paint job adequate time to dry before you touch it, lean furniture against it, or hang pictures and décor. If you jump the gun, it could lead to a damaged paint job and a huge amount of frustration. So, how do you figure out how long it will take for your interior paint job to dry? In order to get a realistic estimate, you need to consider the type of paint and the current weather.
A big part of determining dry time is paint type. As you browse the hardware store for paint, you may even see certain types of paint that mention quick drying times on the can. In general, latex paint dries faster than oil based paint. Usually you can get an guess on drying time by reading the label of the paint you are considering. However, since environment can impact drying time, it is important that you do not consider that the end all be all as to how long it will take to dry. Keep in mind that what you need the paint to do is, ultimately, more important than how quickly it dries when it comes to picking a paint. For example, if you need the extra durability of oil-based paint, go with that even if you have to wait a little longer for it to dry. In the long run, you will be glad that you had the extra patience.
The weather in your area when you choose to paint also affects the drying time for your paint. During the winter, when it’s cold and damp outside, it can be more difficult for paint to fully dry, even if it is inside. If the weather is warm and dry, then you can open windows to aid in the drying process. If the weather is wet and cold, then you may need to change the date of your paint job or bring in fans to help quicken the pace.
Try your best not to let your excitement and impatience have a negative impact on the quality of your paint job. If the weather is not good for painting, you might want to think about waiting so the paint does not take a longer amount of time to dry. If the most quality and ideal paint choice is one that takes longer to dry, that’s ok! Always use the highest quality possible, since it will serve you best in the long run. Talk with a local painting company to develop realistic expectations for your specific situation.