How long does it take for oil paint to dry?

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Oil paints don’t dry in the way you’re used to with things like watercolor. There isn’t a liquid part of it that is evaporating into the air. Oils dry through a chemical process when exposed to oxygen.  [1]

Depending on several factors like the type of oil paint you use, oil paints can dry as little as 24 hours or as long as 12 days.[2]

What can you do to speed up oil paint to dry on canvas? [3]

  1. Minimize the number of layers you use.
  2. When you are ready, keep your oil paint close (but not to close) to the radiator as warm dry air is the best.
  3. Use a dehumidifier if you live in a humid climate.

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