Speed Up Your Paint Drying Times With These Smart Tips

Tony 02/11/2019

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Taking on new painting projects are fun, but they can also increase the value of your home. In fact, Zillow's 2017 Paint Colors Analysis found that homes with blue bathrooms sold for $5,400 more than expected. But for those who are impatient, waiting for paint to dry can seem to take ages. Fortunately, you don't always have to play such a long waiting game -- there are several tricks you can use to your advantage to speed the drying process. Here are just a few tips to try to expedite the drying process of your next painting project.

Apply Multiple Light Coats

First, consider applying multiple lighter coats instead of fewer heavy coats. This makes the paint look cleaner, and you don't have to wait for it to dry in between coats.

"While it might be tempting to try to get as much paint as you can on the wall at once, using thinner coats will help your paint dry faster. Using multiple coats also looks better than having one really thick one because it tends to give a more uniform appearance, writes Coral Nafie on The Spruce.

Use a Hair Dryer

For walls and furniture, a hair dryer can speed the drying process. Keep the nozzle about two inches from the surface and slowly move the dryer, focusing first on the wettest areas.

Invest in the Best Low VOC Paints Possible

There are countless reasons to invest in low VOC paints and varnishes. In a recent study, participants spent six full work days in an environmentally-controlled office space at the TIEQ lab at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. In this space, VOC levels were reduced to approximately 50 micrograms per cubic meter and 40 cubic feet per minute of outdoor air per person. They found that, on average, cognitive scores were 101% higher than in conventional workspaces. In addition to preserving health and cognitive functioning, investing in the best low VOC paints can actually speed up the time your paint dries. Of course, this is a minor benefit compared to the inherent healthiness of low VOC options over traditional paints, but it's worth mentioning nonetheless.

Ultimately, these tips can help your paint dry faster than you ever thought possible. For more information about low VOC paints and wall primers, contact Ecos Paints.