Portland Painting Questions: How Long Does Interior Paint Take to Dry?

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

If you invest in the beauty of your Portland home by getting new interior paint, there are many questions that come with the process. One important detail that you need to know is how long it takes the paint to dry. After all, you don't want to mar your newly-painted walls by taking steps prematurely!

When you hire a professional painting company to do your interior painting, there are three main stages in the drying time that you need to be aware of:

  • When is the paint dry to the touch?
  • When can my furninture and pictures go back to their original locations?
  • When will the paint be fully cured?

We are happy to provide general answers to these questions, but keep in mind that interior paint dries slower when there is more humidity. With the dampness of our Portland climate during much of the year, this could cause slightly longer drying times. Using a fan to circulate the air in a room is a good way to help reduce this effect.

When Does Interior Paint Dry to the Touch?

You get home from work and your interior painting company has left for the day. You know some walls were painted, and you wonder, "How careful do I need to be with these? Can I let the cat in? What if my clothes brush up against a doorframe?"

Rest assured, most interior paints are dry to the touch within one hour. This means that light, incidental contact will not leave paint smears on your clothes (or pets), nor will it harm the new paint.

When Can I Put My Furniture and Pictures Back?

The painters have wrapped up their work, and your home looks beautiful! You can't wait to get your pictures hung up and your furniture back against the walls. When can you do this?

In most cases, 24 hours is a sufficient wait time before you return your items to their original locations. Sooner than this, and the paint can actually bond to the furniture or picture frames, which would cause tearing the next time they move. If you don't mind a bit of extra delay, it could be wise. Two or three days of drying time gives you extra peace of mind, knowing you won't harm the walls or the furniture.

How Long Does Interior Paint Take to Fully Cure?

The final curing process can take from two to four weeks to be complete. Until you have reached this point, you need to be extra careful of scuffs, scrapes, and stains. If a wall does get dirty, you can gently wash it after the paint is fully cured - not before.

Sundeleaf Painting

If your Portland home is in need of a premium interior paint job, Sundeleaf Painting is the name you should know. We have been serving Portland and the surrounding communities since 1930, earning a reputation for unsurpassed craftsmanship. When you consider interior painting, it generally brings up many questions. Please don't hesitate to call us for information; we're happy to help!

Sundeleaf Painting provides interior painting, exterior painting, cabinet refinishing, concrete cleaning, deck maintenance, and much more. Contact us for a free estimate for your Portland home!

Sundeleaf Painting, Inc.
2037 SE Ochoco Street
Portland, Oregon 97222
(503) 236-9797

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