When it comes to painting, the time it takes for paint to dry and cure rests on a wide array of factors. There is no definite answer to this question, but here are some factors your paint dry time can depend on.

All your stucco repair services or drywall repair services might go to waste if you don’t wait for the paint to dry and cure thoroughly. Even after the paint dries properly, it may still not be ready for everyday use, since solvents need to totally evaporate completely until it is dry to the touch. This is what curing is about.

Four major factors affect this drying and curing timeline, namely:

#1 Paint type
  1. Oil-based paint:It is important to note that oil-based paints dry slower than their latex and water-based counterparts. It takes over six to eight hours to become dry to the touch, and about a day to re-coat. Oil-based paint is only fully cured after a week.
  2. Water-based paint: Often known for its quick dry time, water-based paints are typically ready for a second coat in about thirty minutes to three hours and are fully cured in thirty days.
  3. Latex paint: Latex paints are usually dry to the touch in an hour, and will be ready for a second coat in about four hours. The cure time for this type of paint is about thirty days.
#2 Application

If the application of the paint is too thick or if you apply a second coat before the first coat is completely dry, the drying time will be substantially longer. Opting for two thin coats of paint is better for quicker drying and a better finish.

#3 Temperature and humidity

If there is too much humidity in the air, it will take longer for the paint to dry. This is why the recommended course of action is to paint with the air conditioning off (or at least not too cool) and with fans on to ensure proper air circulation in the room.

#4 Ventilation

It goes without saying that paint will take much longer to dry in a room that’s stuffy and closed than in a room with better airflow. If you are not in an area of high humidity, open the windows and doors if possible.

How can you help paint dry faster?

Paint dries faster in a warmer climate when the air is well circulated. If your room tends to be cold, a heater will help maintain the ideal temperature. In certain areas, where the temperatures fall really low, it is better to wait the season out. Especially because a lack of proper drying and curing might cause irreparable damage to your property.