Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesVisual ArtsPainting · 1 decade ago

Oil Paints...?

How to make an oil painting dry quicker??? i painted a landscape about 2 weeks ago and it still hasnt dried! i keep putting my hand init by accident grrr and its still wet! please helppp. x

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  • Jen
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    unfortunately there isn't anything you can do at this point, it just has to dry on its own. You can't dry oil paint with fans or heat because its a chemical reaction that causes the oil to harden and not evaporation (like how acrylics dry). Put it in a safe place where it won't get bumped into and just let it do its thing, it should dry pretty soon if its already been 2 weeks. In the future, thin your paints with mineral spirits for the lower layers and an alkyd medium for the upper layers of paint. It will help reduce drying times. With the use of thinners and/or alkyd medium I've had paint dry at least to the touch in 24 hours.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There is nothing you can do now the painting has been executed. Only time can dry your painting. However, for future projects you want to dry faster, there is an additive you can buy from any local art supply store that will accelerate the time it takes for your painting to dry. I've used this type of product before and man is it quick drying. Finally, you can use very thin washes of paint mixed with a higher percentage of terp's. These usually dry in hours if not minutes.....


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  • 1 decade ago

    I don't think there is much you can do now except

    let it dry. Make sure it has maximum exposure

    to air. If it dries too fast, by usinf heat, it can

    cause cracking. A fan might help.

    In the future mix drying medium with oil paint to get it to dry faster.

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  • Bill
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    1. Paint thinner in the early stages. Save thick paint till the very end..

    2. Get a fast drying medium; this might help ...

    3. Or this one:

    4. Paint with Alkyds ...

    5. Use a Mahl stick to keep your hand out of it, while you work on it more. Look here:

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    in future mix it with furniture wax itll dry in 3 days

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