How to Dry Acrylic Paint

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Acrylics usually dry very quickly, but you can speed up the process if you are in a hurry.

Acrylic paint is a safe option when it comes to fine art. Oil paints and turpentine can be dangerous materials to use, but acrylics are water-based and come out of brushes and other materials easily. In thin coats, acrylic paint dries very quickly, sometime within a few minutes, but if you need to speed up the process, you can dry acrylics in a few easy steps.


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Step 1

Plug the hairdryer into an outlet near the painting you wish to dry.

Step 2

Hold the hairdryer 12 to 18 inches away from the surface of the painting and turn it on low.

Step 3

Sweep the hairdryer over the painting's surface until the entire painting has been exposed to the heat. Depending on the size of the painting, this should take no longer than a minute.