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Forum topic by pashley posted 12-23-2008 11:55 PM 974 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2008 11:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: paint

I have repainted some kitchen chairs for Christmas, and they are not drying! I am using an “Alkyd enamel” paint, purchased at a paint store. Obviously, I can’t have guests sitting in wet chairs, so I’m starting to get a bit panicky.

As I recall, when I did a refresh coat a few years ago, they took a few days to dry – leaving them in direct sunlight seemed to help. Being winter, I don’t have that option.

My humidity is low, too.

Is there any way to get this type of paint to dry faster? The can states it should be fully dry in 24 hours, but it’s been 48 hours and still quite tacky!

Can anyone recommend some course of action?!

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 12-24-2008 12:00 AM

Borrow some folding chairs for your guests.

I suppose if you had a lot of time to kill you could try using a hair dryer on them. Other than that, I’d wait it out.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-24-2008 12:05 AM

I believe there is a product called “japan dryer” that can be added to enamel paint to speed the drying process. Once the paint is applied removing moisture by running the AC or heating up the room is the only way I know of to speed the cure process. Maybe a fan would help.

I’d borrow some chairs.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#3 posted 12-24-2008 04:14 PM

I have used those Halogen shop lights and or heat lamps aimed down at projects and it works well, BUT needs to be monitered like bentlyj said don’t want a Christmas fire.


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