Drying Time Versus Curing Time
Latex paint drys very fast, but drying and curing are two different things. At normal room temperature and humidity latex paint can be dry to the touch in an hour or less. It is only dry on the surface though and until it cures the paint is vunerable to damage from wiping or rigourous wear and exposure to water and high humidity. In ideal conditions it can take up to 2 weeks for paint to cure enough so that it can stand up to being wiped or washed. It can take up to four weeks to fully cure. Until the paint has had time to cure you can run the risk of creating a burnish mark if you wipe the walls.
Conditions that can affect the curing time are temperature, ventalation and humidity. If something happens to mark the wall during the curing time it is best to leave it until the paint has cured, then you can wash it off. Of course there are times when this just is not going to be possible, such as a splatter of tomato sauce above your kitchen counter. In this case take a slightly damp cloth or sponge and gently wipe it off.
When you are having the exterior of your home painted make sure your sprinkler system is adjusted. It shouldn’t be getting any water onto the surfaces being painted during the days that the painting is taking place. It’s best to wait for a few days after the painting is finished to reset them if water does overspray onto the house.
When Can I Shower Or Bathe After My Bathroom Has Been Painted?
It’s best if you can wait 48 to 72 hours before showering or taking a bath in a freshly painted bathroom. Keep damp laundry or towels off the painted surfaces during this time as well. Keep this in mind when scheduling your painting. Is it going to work for your family, do you have an alternative bathroom you can use? Hopefully you’re bathroom has a good ventalation fan. Many bathrooms are small spaces, to help the humidity escape it’s best to leave the fan on for several hours after the painter has finished. As we mentioned above it can take between 2 to 4 weeks for paint to fully cure. When showering or bathing for the next while keep the fan running afterwards for at least an hour. If the room is not well ventalated and too much moisture or humidity is allowed to gather on the walls or ceiling it can ruin the paint finish.
When Can I Hang Pictures On The Walls And Place Items On Painted Surfaces?
Wait a for a couple of days (48 hours) before hanging photo frames and other items on the walls and before placing objects on painted surfaces such as fireplace mantels, window sills, etc. The paint finish might be slightly soft during this time period, you run the risk of things sticking to the finish. Items such as towel bars, door knobs. light switch covers and outlet covers can be put back a few hours after the painting has been completed.