How Long Does Oil-Based Primer Take to Dry? – Expert Guide

When painting a house, one of the first questions often asked is, “How Long Does Oil-Based Primer Take to Dry?”

While the correct time depends on the manufacturer, paint formula, and application, oil-based primer generally takes 24 hours to fully dry.

After a full day, you can apply the second coat. Of course, internal and external temperatures, humidity and the thickness of the coating can also affect the drying time.

How long does it take for the primer to dry overall?

 How Long Does Oil Based Primer Take to Dry

Generally, oil-based primers dry in 24 hours.

You can usually touch it before the day is out and it won’t leave a sticky residue on your hands, but you’ll want to wait the full drying time to make sure you don’t damage the paint job.

The second coat of oil-based primer will further prepare the surface for color painting.

Water-based primers are other popular options, the best known being a latex primer. Latex primer takes about 30 minutes to dry, but you will need to wait three hours or more before applying the paint to the top.

Many experts still recommend waiting 12-24 hours before painting to ensure complete drying.

Regardless of the type of primer you use, you will want to apply it in thin layers to avoid lumps. Depending on the surface of the paint, you may need to apply several coats with the brush.

A spray painter will spray the primer and make sure you only apply a small coat.

What exactly is primer?

 How Long Does Oil Based Primer Take to Dry

Before moving on, we just wanted to give everyone a quick rundown of what primer actually is and why we should use it.

Simply put, the primer prepares and prepares your walls or wood for painting. It also provides the perfect base for the paint to adhere to.

However, it should not be confused with a base coat of paint. A base coat of paint is simply the first light coat of your chosen paint color. Primer is a mixture of paint and glue that is used to help paint adhere to the wall more easily.

By using a primer, you can ensure that you get a much smoother and more even application of your chosen paint color.

Primer can help hide any natural flaws in your wall or wood surface, as well as ensure that the area underneath doesn’t just absorb all of the paint when you apply it.

If it absorbed the paint after each application, you would need to apply many more coats.

A primed wall can last up to a month without paint on it, which means it’s perfect for those of us who only have time to DIY on the weekend.

Remember, though, that if you haven’t painted over the primer after thirty days have passed, you may need to re-prime the wall and sand again if necessary.

Things to avoid

  1. Here are some things to avoid when using an oil-based primer:
  2. It is not recommended to apply latex paint directly over oil paint without first using an oil-based primer. You may end up with cracked and unsightly walls.
  3. Try to remove all traces of loose paint before applying primer, as they can damage the surface.
  4. Avoid priming the walls before conducting a lead test.
  5. If you make a mistake, don’t start brushing the stain again because it can scratch the surface and leave brush marks. Instead, you need to wait until the area dries completely and sand the surface until smooth.


How long after the oil-based primer can it be painted?

 How Long Does Oil Based Primer Take to Dry
  • It takes at least eight hours for oil-based primers to dry. Primer may need to be lightly sanded onto smooth wood surfaces with 180-grit sandpaper to provide an easier bonding surface. Be sure to remove any dust caused by sanding and allow the area to dry before adding paint.

How can you make the oil-based primer dry faster?

  • The only practical way for a DIY painter to speed up the drying time of oil-based finishes is to increase the heat in the room. The heat helps speed up the oxidation process, which is what actually happens when oil paints harden.

How can you tell if the oil-based primer is dry?

  • When the oil-based primer is completely dry, the surface may still have some small imperfections. This is typical even if you are a professional. The surface may feel chalky or even slightly rough. With a sanding sponge, lightly sand the entire surface

What happens if you paint over the primer too soon?

  • Applying the second coat too soon will result in streaks, peeling paint, and uneven colors. Not only will this ruin the whole project, but it will cost extra money to get more paint on some occasions. It is better to wait for the first coat to dry.