How Long Does High-Gloss Paint Take to Dry?

The dry time for high-gloss paint varies depending on whether the paint is oil-based or latex-based and the thickness of the coat. Dry times range from 1 to 36 hours.

Latex-based paint is marketed as a quick-drying option and is usually dry to the touch after as little as 1 hour. However, allowing at least 4 hours before applying an additional coat of paint is recommended. Oil-based paints require more time to dry and may take up to 36 hours. A minimum of 24 hours is recommended before applying another coat. For both types of paint, thinner coats dry more quickly, and a warm dry room speeds up the drying process. If a room is cold or humid, allow additional time for drying.