How long does it take for aerosol spray paint to dry?

The drying time for aerosol spray paint varies depending on several factors, including the type of paint, the thickness of the application, the ambient temperature, and humidity levels. Generally, aerosol spray paint will feel dry to the touch within 10 to 30 minutes after application. However, this is just the surface drying time. For the paint to be fully dry and ready for handling, it typically takes 24 hours. Some high-performance or specialized paints might require longer curing times. To ensure the best results, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the can regarding drying times. Applying additional coats before the previous layer is fully dry can lead to runs, drips, and uneven coverage. For projects requiring multiple coats, it’s advisable to wait the recommended recoat time, usually listed on the can, which can range from a few minutes to an hour. Proper ventilation can also help speed up the drying process.

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