If you live in the Connecticut or New York area and are wondering how long paint needs to dry in-between coats, read these tips below. There are a number of factors which can influence the drying time of paint including the temperature, humidity, type of paint etc. It is crucial to allow sufficient time between coats of paint. If a second coat applied prematurely results in a great deal of wasted time and resources.
As mentioned above, the main factors which affect the time needed for paint to dry are temperature, humidity and paint types. If you are painting indoors, these factors can be controlled with proper ventilation, air-conditioning or heating. If you have an exterior painting job, be sure to check out our post about the best time to paint.
To dry properly, most paints require a minimum temperature of 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. Painting in extremely high temperatures is also inadvisable, as it may cause paint to blister or bubble as it dries.
Humidity can also affect drying time for paint. High humidity levels can cause paints to dry slower, whereas dry air will speed up the process. If you are painting inside, be sure to properly ventilate the area and use a dehumidifier if necessary.
Drying time varies by brand of paint and type. Oil paints are usually dry to the touch within eight hours of application. However, many painting contractors recommend at least twenty-four hours between coats to allow the first coat to dry and cure thoroughly.
There are a number of differences between oil and latex paints, including drying time. Latex based paints require less time to dry than oil paints. They are usually dry to the touch within an hour. Again, painting companies recommend that latex paints be allowed to dry for at least four hours before adding a second coat.
If you have more questions or are looking for help with a painting project, feel free to contact us or get a free estimate! A.G. Williams is a trusted painting contractor that has been serving the New York and Connecticut areas for over 100 years. We serve Harrison, Rye, Scarsdale, Briarcliff Manor, Thornwood, Chappaqua, Old Greenwich, Stamford, Darien and the surrounding areas.
When we are considering a significant expenditure, we usually perform a cost/benefit analysis (even if we don’t call it that in our heads). That means that we try to compare what it will cost us with what we will gain, and see if it is worth the price. With interior or exterior house painting, one of the values that you receive is the enjoyment of living in a more attractive setting. But another consideration is that painting often increases the value of your home!
Many home improvements tend to have a negative ROI (return on investment), meaning that the amount of added value in your house is less than the cost of your improvement. Often, kitchen and bathroom remodels have a negative ROI (though not nearly as bad as in-ground pools, in case you wondered!). If you spend $15,000 on a new kitchen, it may only increase the value of your house by $12,000, or even less.
Does Painting Have a Positive ROI?
Painting, on the other hand, has always rated highly as a positive return on investment. Because it makes such a drastic visual improvement at such a reasonable cost, it often raises the value of a home by a surprising amount. For example, a $2,000 paint job could increase the selling price of your home by $2,500 or $2,800, giving you a small profit from the bargain.
If you are hoping to sell your home, and you would like to add to its value by painting, it would be good to consider hiring a residential painting contractor. If you do it yourself or hire a budget painter, the results may be disappointing, and the return on investment even more so. Hiring a professional painter is a great way to ensure your investment is a high-quality one.
A.G. Williams Painting Company has been serving families and businesses in New York and Connecticut for over 100 years. Our legacy of hard work, loyalty and craftsmanship has earned us a reputation for excellence and value. Serving Cos Cob, White Plains, Hastings-on-the-Hudson, Sleepy Hollow and many other nearby towns, A.G. Williams is your residential painting contractor.
One of our customers in Pelham has an exterior patio with some wood decking and saddle. The saddle was in an area susceptible to the elements and the top of the saddle began to draw in water at the edge and the trim underneath the saddle was built in pieces, thus taking in moisture as well. Even with a good paint job, the saddle was destined for rot as can be seen in the first set of pictures.
To fix this problem, we cut out the existing saddle and rotted wood and installed new composite saddle and trim-board. We filled nail holes, primed and painted the trim boards. The new composite saddle will now resist the elements and is virtually going to last forever.
A.G. Williams’ carpentry division handles all kinds of carpentry projects, both small and large. If you have a carpentry project, call A.G. Williams at 914-738-2860, or contact us online.