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How to Make Paint Dry Faster

how to make paint dry faster - ecos paints

You have a painting vision. You can’t wait to see it happen. But, it can’t happen fast enough. You can try to paint faster, but one thing that will definitely slow you down is waiting for the paint to dry. Although there’s no waving a magic wand to instantly dry the surface, there are a few tips that can help speed up the process. Here’s how to make paint dry faster.

  • Keep a fan on. Multiple fans oscillating in the room will speed up the dry time considerably. You want to have a good amount of air circulation, but don’t have the fans on high if the room is dusty because it will ruin your paint finish.
  • Apply light coats. If you’re using a thicker nap on your roller sleeve, it might cause you to apply far more paint than what you need, increasing your dry time substantially. Two uniform coats of paint will always look better than one really thick one, so it’s best to apply light coats. You should feel your roller sleeve starting to dry out as you apply light pressure towards the end of a few rolling patterns. If the paint is squishing out of the sleeve when you apply pressure, you still have too much paint in the sleeve and should continue rolling before getting more paint from the tray.
  • Keep the room warm. If it’s winter and you’re painting in a space that gets a bit drafty, using a space heater is a good idea. Also, if it’s cold and your windows are leaky, that could affect how long the paint takes to dry near them. Some older homes that aren’t that well insulated can have fairly cold exterior facing walls. It’s still fine to paint them in the winter, but they might dry slower.
  • Keep the humidity down. When it’s really muggy in the summer, paint dries more slowly. Actually, just painting in a closed room increases the humidity even on a normal day, so open the windows if you can and get some fresh air in the room.
  • Paint one wall at a time. We always recommend this but, it’s easy to forget when you’re cutting in. If you cut in one wall and then paint it before moving on to the next, then that first wall might be dry by the time you finished the other three, so you’ll have no downtime during the project.
  • Use a zero-VOC* paint like ECOS Paints. Zero-VOC* paints naturally dry faster. Also, our rich pigments and premium formula cover better, so there’s less tendency to apply coats that are too thick.

*Conforms to CDPH 01350 (VOC emissions test taken at 11, 12, & 14 days for classroom and office use). Learn more about VOCs and our commitment to healthier paints here.

Do you have any other tips for how to make paint dry faster? Share them in the comments!


  • Jeff says:

    Great ideas I love it. If you have some painting questions please visit parkridge painter‘s questions and answers page. We have lots of interesting ideas about painting.

  • austin says:

    to fast dry enamel paint ….. I learned this trick a few years ago from a old man heat paint in hot water prior to painting to 105 f the guy I learned it from would use an electric broaster pan with water half way up cans. he would check temp with laser thermometer this will cure enamal in 12 hrs. to ready for reassembly. this is the process used on ups trucks in there repair centers. this information comes from landcraft research and development .they are located in ritzville Washington. this is the process used every time with flawless results. it also helps reduce runs and applies super easy warm sprays super easy also…. happy painting

  • Crowley says:

    Can I put it in the freezer?

  • lawrence says:

    I would like to know how to dry paint as it trickles out of the paint tin as I want to suspend paint tins from my roof upside down with the efeect of the paint running out of the tin

    • ecospaints says:

      Hello Lawrence,

      I’m not sure that this is scientifically possible. To get that effect, you might need some sort of mold that the paint can cure in to achieve that shape.

      Hope that helps!

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