How to Dry Epoxy Paint

Epoxy paint is commonly used to coat garage floors.
Epoxy paint is commonly used to coat garage floors. (Image: garage glauque image by jeremie Delferriere from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Epoxy paint is a thermo-setting polymer two-component paint. Epoxy is a tough, UV-resistant paint that provides a strong protective coating to the surface it is painted on. The paint is commonly used to coat concrete floors in garages, warehouses and auto repair shops. Epoxy should be air dried. Although epoxy is a fast-drying paint, it can take 48 to 72 hours to dry completely, depending on environmental conditions.

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Open as many windows and doors prior to painting as you can. Not only will this help with the fumes from epoxy paint, it will also help expedite the drying process once the floor is painted. Once the floor is painted, try to keep windows and doors open as much as possible during the first 48 hours.

Turn on ceiling fans and point standing fans toward the painted room once epoxy paint has been applied. The blowing air will help the floors air dry.

Stay off of the floor for 48 hours. Walking on the floor can ruin the finish and cause shoe or feet impressions.

Check to be sure the floor is dry after 48 hours. Place your a finger on the paint. If it is solid, the floor is dry. If it feels damp or sticky, it may need an additional 24 hours to dry. The amount of time it takes for the floor to dry depends on the temperature and humidity.

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