How long should I let paint primer dry?


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The majority of paint primers dry within 30 minutes to one hour. Some primers can take up to three hours to dry, and a wall should not be painted until the primer has dried completely.

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Different brands of paint primers have varied drying times. The condition of the room also plays a role in the drying process. The ideal condition for applying paint primer is in a room at a temperature of 77 degrees F with only 50 percent humidity. If the humidity is higher and the temperature is cooler, drying takes longer. The use of primer makes paint last longer on a wall's surface.

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