How does paint dry?

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  1. Bits-n-Pieces profile image77
    Bits-n-Piecesposted 6 years ago

    How does paint dry?

  2. Wizard Of Whimsy profile image59
    Wizard Of Whimsyposted 6 years ago

    oil-based paint from the inside to the surface—slowly (hours to days—depending on the temp&humidity)
    acrylic-based paint from the surface to the inside—rapidly (minutes to a two hours depending on the temp&humidity)

  3. hubpoint profile image60
    hubpointposted 6 years ago

    What happens to paint when it dries?

    The turpentine in it evaporates, and the linseed oil or varnish combines with oxygen from the air, forming a tough, elastic and waterproof envelope to the particles of pigment; and to the object that has been painted. It would be more correct to speak of the hardening of paint than of its drying.

  4. jbosh1972 profile image93
    jbosh1972posted 6 years ago

    Simply put there are a few ways this can happen:

    A solvent evaporated and leaves the binder with pigment behind--Lacquer

    An emulsion cures by water evaporating and crosslinking of polymers--water based acrylics

    A solvent evaporates, leaving a pigmented drying oil behind to oxidize and form a resinous film---Oil based paint

    A monomer in a solvent are mixed with a hardening catalyst to create a very hard paint
    film---Automotive polyurethanes, and epoxies.

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    writeronlineposted 6 years ago

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