Curing Time of Paints in San Diego

Chism Brothers Painting Company is committed to excellent customer service and recently provided some paint “fixes” because adequate drying and curing times were not observed by subsequent contractors. Understanding the “curing” process and observing recommended wall care is crucial when undertaking home makeover projects, whether completing a “do it yourself” project, or hiring a professional contractor.

The first step in guaranteeing good coverage is to make sure the walls are prepared properly. Lightly wash, repair and sand the walls (as needed) and use only recommended painter’s tape to block out the sections to be painted. Careful preparation is a must with Chism Brothers and customers generally note the “cleanliness” and “orderliness” of these professionals. If completing the project yourself, note the drying times between coats and observe them as closely as possible. This information will be listed on the paint can and can be different for the sheen, color or brand. Latex paint usually feels dry to the touch very quickly, but can take up to a month to “cure.” This paint forms a “dry skin” on the surface, but the paint underneath is still wet or sticky. Over time, the liquids in the paint will evaporate through the dry skin. Re-coating too soon can affect the look and performance of the paint. The general recommendation for drying time is four hours for interior and exterior latex paint, but this will vary from area to area when temperature and humidity levels are taken into consideration. Oil-base paints will take longer to dry. Usually, it is recommended that a second coat of oil-base paint be applied after eight to twenty-four hours.

Several tips can help in the “curing process.” If possible, choose a day that is warm, but low in humidity. Use dehumidifiers, ceiling fans and open windows to create a flow of air. Do not apply a second coat until the recommended drying time has passed. Finally, when applying paint to furniture or bookshelves, the application and curing time will be different. In many cases, it is recommended that a high quality alkyd paint (a high quality oil-based paint) be used as it will dry to a hard, non-tacky surface. In addition, these surfaces should also be well-prepared and primed.

Chism Brothers is available to answer questions about wall care and curing times. Observing their recommendations will keep your newly painted walls looking fresh and beautiful.

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