How to Make Spray Paint Dry Faster?

Randy Charles
Randy Charles
Professional Painter

Hi, I’m Randy Charles, the creator and chief editor of this site Paintcentric. I’m a businessman now by profession, but I used to work as...Read more

It can be extremely annoying when you have finished spray painting and you want to be able to move onto the next step of the project but you’re dealing with wet paint!

Spray paint is great for projects, but the downside is that it takes ages for the paint to dry, and the waiting can be torture. When you are creating a project you just want to dive in as soon as you can but waiting for the paint to dry can take hours! If you are into creating projects with spray paint then you probably have had this thought more than once;

Well, luckily for you there are some amazing ways to speed up the process and you can move on to the next step in your process in no time!

How to Make Spray Paint Dry Faster?

Depending on what you are spray painting on the drying time will differ. See our drying chart for estimated drying times depending on your material of the object.

How to Make Spray Paint Dry Faster

With glass and cardboard, you don’t have to wait that long for the paint to dry. Unlike rubber, glass, and plastic, where you have to wait hours to move onto the next step of your DIY.

We have put together some of the best ways to encourage the paint to dry faster, so you can reduce your waiting time significantly!

In this blog you will get top tips and insider secrets like using furniture polish or changing your environment and you will get fast-drying results!

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Use a Fast-Drying Spray Paint

Check the label on the spray paint for an estimated time of how long it takes to dry. This will give you a very close time frame that you can expect from your chosen spray paint. This is an estimation so remember that. Many factors go into the drying process so it can vary from what the bottle says.

Obviously a fasti-drying spray paint will help your project to dry quicker. So before purchasing your paint check which has the best drying time. This will help you greatly.

Apply a Thin Coat of Paint

One of the best ways to get a faster drying time is to apply thinner coats. The thinner you make them, the quicker the drying time. Spray paint is often applied with thin coats but just make sure you are making it as thin as possible when applying.

Apply a Thin Coat of Paint

When you use thicker coats the paint can take a lot longer to dry. It may feel sticky to the touch for a long time meaning you can’t layer for a while.

To get thin coats avoid overlapping as much as possible and just focus on moving your entire hand rather than your wrist so it spreads evenly.

If you are struggling to get thin coats then you can add paint thinner to alter the thickness.

Keep the Air Flowing

When working with any type of paint keeping the air flowing is critical. Not only does it help prevent you breathing in toxic chemicals. But it also helps to dry the paint. Before you start painting make sure you open any windows you have and keep doors open. This will allow the chemicals to escape the room quicker.

If working inside then turn on a fan whilst you are painting, keep it on when you are done too. This will improve the air flow and will boost the drying time even more.

Run a Heater near the Object

Using a fan is an obvious choice to dry paint faster. It not only creates more air flow, but it can cut down your drying time by hours! Don’t keep it too close to your project as this can damage how the product dries and can be very dangerous.

Run a Heater near the Object

If you are working indoors then you could turn the heating on in your home instead of putting a heater near the object. This will allow the hot air to distribute evenly across the project. Another popular method for someone who wants to use heat to dry their project faster is using a hairdryer. If you want to do this method then you need to make sure you are keeping it at a good distance away from the project so that you are not putting it in danger of getting burnt.

Work outside

Obviously only use this method if it is sunny outside. Working outside in the cold, wet weather can have the opposite effect! Make sure you check the weather the day before you are wanting to paint. Working outside encourages the paint to dry a lot quicker and it is also safer for you. Paint as early as you can so your project can have a lot of time to dry, and you are not having to work into the night. If you work later at night the air can become damper and the temperature drops. This can cause moisture to build up on the object which will drastically change your drying time.

Use Furniture Polish

Not many people know this trick, but it can be really effective. To help your spray paint dry faster you can apply a wax-based furniture polish. It is really simple to use. Use your spray paint as normal then apply the furniture polish by holding it a couple of inches above the object and spray the painted surface.

Use Furniture Polish

You can layer this if you need to but just allow each coat to dry for a minimum of 5 minutes before you go into adding the next layer.

Once it has had a good amount of time to dry, use a soft cloth to gently wipe off the excess polish that formed. Don’t apply too much pressure because you could accidentally wipe off too much of your polish and even damage the painting that you have done underneath it.

Depending on what you are painting, you may only need one coat of the furniture polish whereas others may need a couple.

Use a Toaster Oven

When you are confident that the spray paint is touch dry you can use a toaster oven to cure it completely. Ensure it is touch dry before you pick it up as you don’t want to damage your work. Bake your object at 250degrees F for approximately 2 hours. Before you go ahead with this step check if the paint you have used can go in the oven. Some paints can crack when they are exposed to high temperatures.

Do not use a normal oven to dry your spray paint. This can be extremely harmful because toxic chemicals are released into your oven which will impact your future meals. The food you cook in the oven after you have cooked your spray paint will get released into the food. So only use a toaster oven and make sure no food will be getting cooked in that oven.

Use a Heat Gun

Turn your heat gun to a low temperature setting. It is usually used to strip paint because of how hot it is so make sure you turn the heat down. You need to be really cautious when using a heat gun as they can start fires. Always follow safety precautions if you decide to use this method.

Use a Heat Gun

Set the temperature to 450 degrees F. Before starting check that the temperature is definitely below 750 degrees F as this can boil your paint and make it peel. Also, do not use this method on sensitive surfaces like paper or a traditional painting canvas, stick to using it on wooden objects or painted walls.

When using the gun make sure you move it around, so the temperature gets spread evenly. NEVER keep it in the same area for a long time because this can cause fires! Use the heat gun until the surface is completely dry which can take from 5-15 minutes.


There are so many different ways that your spray paint can dry faster. So, before you start your next project think about using some of these techniques that can help your drying process. Most standard spray paints dry within 24 hours so if you have that time to wait then go ahead. There are loads of techniques you can use if you want to speed up the process. Get together some supplies to keep your room warm and the air flow great for an amazing outcome! Don’t forget the very handy trick using the furniture polish too!

Randy Charles
Randy CharlesProfessional Painter

Hi, I’m Randy Charles, the creator and chief editor of this site Paintcentric. I’m a businessman now by profession, but I used to work as a painter earlier in my professional career. There is simply nothing about painting that I didn’t do as a painter. From painting a fridge to a multi-storied building, I left nothing. I retired from my painting job in the mid of 2018 due to back arthritis problems.

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