Donna
Donna
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  • Raleigh, NC
Asked on Jul 18, 2012

wet paint

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OK guys, haven't been on in a while due to some health issues and just plain crazy schedule but I need help. Hubby painted interior of powder room cabinet (wood sides and shelf, pressed wood bottom) with oil based paint 3 days ago.....it's still sticky. Had a fan on it since 10 this morning. Why is this still wet? Will this dry eventually? If not, what do I do?
11 answers
  • 3po3
    on Jul 19, 2012

    Welcome back, Donna. Hope you are feeling well again. I have heard that oil paints can take up to one week to dry, so have some patience, open windows and run that fan. It should help. I have never had that problem, but I also live in a place with basically 0% humidity 24-7-365.

  • It is not uncommon for oil based paints to take some time to dry. In fact you will find even if after it feels dry to the touch, that the underlying surface of the paint will remain tacky for several weeks to come. Part of it is the length of time of evaporation of the thinner that is part of the paint product itself plus the higher then normal humidity were having on the east coast.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 19, 2012

    Oh come on Steve...don't exaggerate...our humidity is 3 percent...not zero...LOL Just wondering why hubby used oil based....laxtex paints now occupy about 99 percent of the paint market.

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Jul 19, 2012

    If the paint was old and not stirred well, it may not dry or if it was put on too thick, it will dry on the outside of the film first and the then inside can't dry. Also, if any sticky, gooey stuff was painted over on the bottom of that cabinet, it may not dry in those areas. The remedy depends on what cause you think it is. Oil base does dry harder than latex, giving you the closest to that tile-like finish that is easier to clean when gunk gets on it, it's just more grief to work with.

  • Dee W
    on Jul 19, 2012

    @Donna-glad you are doing better--hopefully more drying time as Steve suggested will fix the problem although we have done the too-thick coat or too-soon second coat that Peace Painting talked about and had to start over. You'll know soon enough. @Steve & KMS- no fighting boys!

  • Patty B
    on Jul 19, 2012

    not my project ,But i sure enjoy reading all your expert advice.:)

  • Donna
    on Jul 19, 2012

    It was primed w/oil based primer that required 4 hrs drying time but we left it for a full 24 hrs and painted 1 coat of oil based paint. @Peace, paint is about a year old but was stored in our garage in a cabinet and was shaken and stirred (should have been a martini...LOL). Hopefully, it will dry in a few more days as it does fill less tacky today and the humidity has been h*** in Raleigh. @KMS Thanks so much for all the input guys

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Jul 19, 2012

    It sounds like you're on the right track Donna.

  • When humidity is high, moisture is filling the spaces in the air between the cells of oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, etc so there is less room on that microscopic level for the air to carry off the evaporating VOCs of the paint. But the fan helps bu moving more air over the surface, especially in a small space like the inside of a cabinet where air moves slowly on it's own. Oil paint on our boats here in the spring can take a week to dry when the air is damp and cool.

  • Donna
    on Jul 21, 2012

    Thanks guys...humidity has been up w/rain almost every afternoon this week and temps in the 90's but it is a lot less tacky now. Hopefully by next week it will be dry. I can always count on you guys to ease my mind...@KMS who knows why you guys do what you do but he likes to be in charge and I don't have a problem with that (very often)...much less headache in the end but it sure helps when I can come to you guys and let him think I have the answers when he doesn't...LOL

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 21, 2012

    We got your back...and if you ask him some questions in a unique way...he may figure it out on his own...wink wink

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