How soon can you paint after priming? Primer Drying Time
Most latex primers dry to the touch within 30 minutes to 1 hour. But do not paint the wall until the primer dries thoroughly, which can take up to 3 hours. High humidity and cool temperatures prolongs drying times.
Can you prime and paint in the same day? Priming then painting on the same day is doable only if you work with latex-based or shellac primers. On average, these two primers take about 1-3 hours to dry per coat. On the other hand, if you are using an oil-based primer, you would need to wait for 4 hours up to a whole day for the coat to dry.
What happens if you paint too soon after priming? Adding coats of primer or paint too soon could cause the paint to wrinkle. For the best results, spray all your primer coats on the piece within an hour. If you don’t have the time, wait at least 48 hours to apply a new coat. The length of time you allow the primer to dry varies by the brand.
Do I need 2 coats of paint if I use primer? Depending on how strong or bold the previous color is, it may be necessary to apply more than one coat of primer. However, it is not necessary to over apply the primer with so many coats. As long as the primer applies uniformly over the previous color, then one or two coats should be sufficient.