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How long does it take enamel paint to dry?

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Oil-based enamel paint dries to the touch between eight and 24 hours, while water-based enamels dry to the touch in about one hour. Some fast-dry enamels dry in as little as 15 minutes. Drying times vary based on temperature and humidity.

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Enamel paints are those with hard, glossy, opaque finishes. They are usually washable once fully hardened and cured and can be heat-resistant. In painting with enamel paints, curing times are as important as drying times. An oil-based enamel paint is fully cured when it has dried to the touch because it dries from the inside out. On the other hand, a water-based enamel may take up to several weeks to cure, as it dries from the outer surface inward. While the paint is curing, it remains vulnerable to damage.

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