How Long Does Interior Paint Take to Dry?
Posted - 03/01/2012
Painting the interior of your home is a fast way to update the decor to the latest style, or to enjoy an earlier retro theme. The walls are the largest area of the room, and the colors help to set the tone. Since walls are at eye level all of the time, any drip marks or angled brush marks are immediately noticeable. Wood trim, such as baseboards, uses a different type of paint than interior walls. Each type of paint has a different drying time. Most interior wall paint is water based. While some paints give good coverage with one coat, others require two coats, especially if you are changing from a dark or intense color to white or cream. Wait at least two hours before applying the second coat, and longer if it is a hot, humid day. Wood trim uses oil-based paint and this takes twice as long to dry. Professional painters have methods to speed up the drying process in addition to giving you beautiful, professionally painted walls and ceilings. They use professional quality brushes to paint or stain the trim. You won’t have to worry about the wall paint roller accidentally touching the ceiling or baseboards, nor look at unsightly drip marks.