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How long should spray paint dry before applying wax?

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Dec 10, 2013, 03:15 PM
How long should spray paint dry before applying wax?
I just applied a light coat of black spray paint over an already black dresser to touch it up. I would like to use Minwax Paste Finishing Wax over it, but I'm not sure how long it needs to dry first. It's bright and sunny, hoping I don't need to let it dry overnight. Confused
Dec 10, 2013, 04:57 PM
Is the dresser inside or outside, and where do you live? It was bright and sunny for a short while in my area, but the wind chill is also in the single digits. If it's bright and sunny in Florida or the South, that's another story. Cool

Knowing where you are will help others answer your question.

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Dec 10, 2013, 07:59 PM
It will need a lot longer than overnight to wax. Several days at least. While spray paint may 'dry' in a few hours, it continues to dry for several days until it is hard. If you applied your coats of paint too thickly or if you applied multiple coats too close together, your dry time will be even longer. If you wax it too soon you will soften the surface and turn it cloudy.

Drying rates will vary greatly with temperature, humidity and thickness & number of coats of paint. Your safest bet is to paint something else at the same time as your primary project, then test a small area with wax.

Dec 10, 2013, 08:51 PM
It is outside. I'm in San Diego - no single digits here. I applied a second light coat two hours later, I'll let it dry overnight. Jaybee, your idea is brilliant, I painted a space piece of wood that's drying with the rest.
Dec 13, 2013, 12:05 PM
outta be dry by now....go ahead and wax it