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how long to let paint 'cure'

Posted by eriepatch (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 11, 12 at 22:06

We just painted our kitchen cabinets with Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo and I'm wondering how long we should let it dry before putting things back in the cabinets.


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RE: how long to let paint 'cure'

Did'ja paint the inside shelves?!
How dark is the color?

If you just painted the outer side of the "Boxes", I'd wait a couple days or so b4 handling the door-frames too much.

If possible, leave doors open until everything is in!
The less handling/closing-force....the better!!!
Keep doors/drawers propped open slightly for a week or so too.

In the first MONTH....IMO...paint is still slightly "vulnerable". There's no magic time for "fully cured" status. There's SO MANY variables....

After a month though, most paints have hardened-off considerably.


RE: how long to let paint 'cure'

Painted inside and out. Took doors off and shelves
were removable so took them out to paint.
Painted very dark oak a creamy white (Mayonnaise)

Thanks Faron. I don't want anything put back for
at least a week, DH said 3 or 4 days. I'll make
him hold out as long as possible now!

RE: how long to let paint 'cure'


If any shelf TOPS were painted, DON'T put anything on them for at least 2 WEEKS IMO.

Example: If I was painting a bookshelf, I wouldn't books on those shelves for a MONTH.
Again....there's many variables, but if your shelf-tops are painted, it's gonna TAKE A WHILE b4 ridges from plates, etc., won't get impressed into the slooooooowwwlly hardening paint-film.

Feeling "dried-out" and CURED are 2 different things!!


RE: how long to let paint 'cure'

Thanks again! I totally agree and will insist on leaving
things out! Gotta look at the big picture here!

RE: how long to let paint 'cure'


You won't have a large pile of dishes in the way LOL!!

Paper-plates CAN be a good thing in a "transition" time like this!! least you won't have to re-stack dishes on the counter for some time!??!

Good luck!


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