I stumbled on this little trick for making spray paint dry more quickly completely by accident the other day and I was completely flabbergasted when it actually worked! I was spray painting and I was feeling impatient and, well, I guess necessity really is the mother of invention!
So you remember last week when I shared my mason jar air freshener? (By the way, check that one out if you haven’t! I’m so surprised at how well it works for something so simple!) Anyway, I got to the part where I had painted the lid and I was ready to move on to assembling the whole thing.
Lookin’ good, lid! Time to pick you up and put you on your jar! Right? Right?
(by the way, here’s how to clean spray paint off of skin. :))
The weather was a little cooler that day so even though I thought I had let it dry long enough, the chilliness was preventing the paint from setting. But I wanted to use it now! I tried screwing the lid on the jar anyway because at that point my hand was already painty, but it was too tacky and wouldn’t go on properly. I thought if I could rub some wax on it maybe it would glide more smoothly and THEN I had a moment of brilliance!
How to Make Spray Paint Dry Instantly
I sprayed the inside of the lid lightly with a wax-based furniture polish and it worked perfectly! Wax-based polish like this is a little hard to find, but it really makes all the difference compared to oily furniture polishes. This polish is from Ecosense, where I buy all of my home cleaning products. I like them because their cleaning products are all-natural and completely safe and non-toxic for your family, but they also really work, which is kind of rare with some of the green cleaners that you can buy in stores. Anyway, they’re great products, but you do need to order them directly from the company so let me know if you’d like more info on where to find them! Just send me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you. 🙂
I decided to try spraying the whole lid too, just to see what would happen, then I wiped the excess off. I kind of expected it to make the paint bubble up and peel off, but all it did was make it so the paint was now set and I could pick up my lid and use it as if it had been drying in the hot sun for 30 minutes!
Do you know what this means??!
No more waiting!
Painty instant gratification from now on!
World peace for ever!
Well, maybe not quite, but it’s a pretty neat little discovery anyway. 🙂
Try it out the next time you spray paint something!
Just spray your paint, wait a moment, spray your polish and wipe it off!
I’m pretty sure I’ll be spray painting even more from now on now that I’ve cut out all that annoying waiting time!
Do you have any awesome spray painting tips that make spray painting even better?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.