Tips and Tricks to Make Interior Paints Dry Faster

One of the easiest ways to create a different vibe in your home is by painting the right color. It can either make your home space feel larger and brighter or make a room feel smaller and cozier. The color of the paint can also create a feeling of calmness and serenity and sometimes it can create a feeling of balance and harmony to your furniture.

That is why it is essential to consider the right paint color for your home interior that suits your needs and lifestyle. Although there are no right or wrong answers, it is best to experiment and choose colors that can make you comfortable. But the most tricky part is the drying process of the paint.

Typically, interior paint requires around 6-8 hours to dry despite the fact that various paint compositions exhibit varying drying rates. Moreover, drying times are also influenced by environmental factors, paint thickness, the number of layers applied, and the quality of surface preparation.

So, if you plan to repaint your house and lot Philippines, check out these recommended home interior painting tips and tricks.

Factors Affecting the Drying Process of Interior Paint

As mentioned, there are many factors that can affect the drying process of interior paint. This is also the reason why you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific paint you are using. This will help ensure that the paint dries properly and achieves the desired finish.

Meanwhile, here are the factors that can possibly affect the interior paint drying process.

Type of Paint 

Water-based paints dry faster than oil-based paints because they contain less solvent. Water-based paints also tend to be less toxic and have a lower odor than oil-based paints. However, water-based paint may not be as durable as oil paint, and they may not hold up as well to abrasion or moisture.

Thickness of the Coats

Thick coats of paint take longer to dry than thin coats. This is because the solvent in the paint has to evaporate through a larger surface area. If you want the paint to dry faster, apply a thin coat of at least two instead of one thick coat.

Temperature and Humidity

Paint dries faster in warm, dry weather. Avoid painting in humid or cold weather. The ideal temperature for painting ranges from 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The humidity should be below 50 percent. If the humidity is too high, the solvent in the paint will not evaporate as quickly, and the paint will take longer to dry.


Airflow helps the solvent in the paint evaporate, so it will dry faster in a room with good airflow. If you are painting in a small room, open the windows and doors to increase airflow. Also, you can use a fan to help circulate the air.

Surface Preparation

A properly prepared surface will help the paint dry faster. Be sure the surface is dry, clean, and free of dust or debris. If the surface is not properly prepared, the paint may not adhere properly and may peel or chip later on.

Number of Coats

The more coats of paint you apply, the longer it will take to dry. This is because each coat of paint has to dry before you can apply the next coat. If you are only painting one coat, the paint will dry faster.

How to Make Your Home Interior Paint Dry Fast

In general, it is best to wait at least 24 hours before moving furniture back into a room that has been painted. This will give the paint time to fully dry and cure. If you are painting a high-traffic area, you may want to wait even longer before using the space.

Here are the tips on how to quickly dry your interior paint.

Choose the right paint.

Water-based paints such as acrylic paint dry faster than oil-based paint because they contain less solvent. Low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints also tend to dry faster than high-VOC paints because they have fewer volatile organic compounds, which can slow down the drying process. Avoid using paint thinners for acrylic paint.

Apply light coats of paint. 

Thick coats of paint take longer to dry because they have more solvent to evaporate. Apply two thin coats of paint rather than one thick coat. This will give you better coverage and a smoother finish.

Paint in warm, dry weather. 

Paint dries faster in warm, dry weather because the solvent evaporates more quickly. Avoid painting in humid or cold weather. If you are using a hair dryer for a crackle finish, ensure you carefully execute this technique to avoid chipping. Avoid using a heat gun to dry paint fast.

Increase airflow. 

Open windows and doors to increase airflow in the room you are painting. This will help the solvent evaporate more quickly and the paint dries faster.

Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner. 

A dehumidifier or air conditioner can also help reduce the humidity in the air, which will help the paint dry faster, especially if you live in a humid climate.

Avoid painting over wet surfaces.

If the surface you are painting is still wet, the new paint will not adhere properly and may peel off later. Make sure the surface that you are going to paint is completely dry.

Wait for the recommended dry time. 

Even if the paint feels dry to the touch, it may not be fully cured. Wait for the recommended paint’s drying time before moving furniture back into the room or touching the painted surface. This will give the paint time to fully harden and prevent it from chipping or peeling.

Incorporating these tips into your interior painting project will not only help you avoid common pitfalls. But, it can also contribute to a successful and aesthetically pleasing paint job that aligns with your personal style and interior design ideas.

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