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    Question Need Help!!!

    Hey, I got a question for anyone who paints with oils. I am finishing this huge project of 6 commissions and it took me a bit longer than expected. I need to get them dry to the touch w/in the next two days. Any ideas on how to get them dry quickly? Would a hairdryer work? A heater? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by nmsolone
    Would a hairdryer work? A heater?
    I wouldn't expect either to work. Oil paint dries by oxidation not evaporation. I'm not sure if there's any way to speed up oxidation.

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    A hairdryer won't do it; the heat needs to be even and sustained, although it doesn't have to be all that hot. I've used a standard desk lamp placed 6-8" away to dry stuff overnight, but this only works on a fairly small area at a time. I have heard of people using heat lamps (like those McDonald's "fry lights") on bigger paintings. I suppose a heater could work, but BE CAREFUL!

    If worse comes to worse a spray of Krylon Crystal Clear will surface dry thin layers instantly, but I can't make any guarantees against long term yellowing/cracking/etc.

    You could also make a box out of matt board or foam core, using the painting as the bottom and flapping the top open, and deliver it wet.

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    Thank you for the ideas!! Do you think putting them in the bathroom w/the heater on will help? I know it sounds stupid, but desperate times call for desperate measures!! I have a couple shop lights too I thought I'd try.. Thanks again!

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    The bathroom heater might work. Any extra heat will certainly help.

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    Just get your ass to home depot and pick up a pair of large mount heaters then return them once you are done.

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    large mount heaters? how much will that cost me? how big are they? thanks for the tip!

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