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    OIL painting - needs to dry within 48 hours - what can i do to to make it faster?

    hey folks, ive almost finished an oil painting for my mates 21st bday. It needs to dry within 48 hours. Ive used drying mediums. Its helped but its still pretty wet.
    What kind of natural things can i do to make it fry faster? Should i leave it outside (its pretty warm), should i place a fan against it? etc. etc.

    any advice would be great. cheers folks

    here the pic. the layers arent that thick



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    Leave it out in the sun. Lucky for you, you're in the Southern hemisphere.


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    I second Elwell's suggestion. Heat will speed up the chemical reaction of the oil and air and increase drying speed. I have heard of people using heat lamps on their paintings, but be careful of it catching fire. I don't know how much a fan would do, except maybe get dust in the paint.

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    Todd Lockwood talked about literally baking his oil paintings at the CA workshop. Maybe you should email (or facebook) him?

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    Hey folks, cheers for the suggestions (especially ArtZealot)

    I don't have access to a big enough oven (that sounds like a crazy idea) so I think i'll go with placing it outside in the sun.

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    be careful where you place it outside. the last thing you want is for a bunch of dust and dirt to stick to it!

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    Put it in the trunk of your car and then park in the sun. It'll act like an oven and slow bake it.

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    Go ahead, bake it, just be careful where you're baking it. And make sure you don't actually ruin the frame or canvas.

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    If you do decide to literally bake a painting (desperate circumstances can lead to desperate measures), remember that you want to use a very low heat and check on it continuously.


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    Quote Originally Posted by a_mckeown View Post
    What kind of natural things can i do to make it fry faster?
    Never was there a clearer example of "be careful what you ask for"

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    I once tried to use a blower (the one used for hairdressing) to dry up my traditional paintings.

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    The best thing you can do is plan better next time, eh?

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    illuminate the bastard up close with high voltage lights, it can get hot very quick.

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    I like the idea of putting it into a car trunk and parking in the sun. I'd love to know if that really works.

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    If you've got a space heater, that should do it. (Just keep an eye on the painting so it doesn't burn up.) If you've got a radiator, sticking it right in front of or even on top of the radiator works great.

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