I'm using latex paint (or maybe acrylic -- Behr Premium Plus Ultra).

The humidity was pretty high today because of the weather. This seemed to make the paint I was using dry slower, which was nice, at least while I was applying it.

The humidity tomorrow is supposed to be much lower, but I thought I could run a humidifier in the room I'm painting while I'm painting to get the ease of slower drying paint, and then turn it off once I'm done painting so it can dry more quickly then.

This seems like an amazing idea to me, but I wonder if there's something I'm missing.

  • what is the benefit of not letting latex dry fast?
    – DA01
    Jun 13, 2014 at 20:45
  • It keeps my wet edge wet for longer. Jun 14, 2014 at 15:44

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Altering the dry time (shorter or longer) is something I would generally not advise. As the water evaporates the paint cures. Altering the dry time interferes with this process. This can lead to bubbling, cracking or even the tint separating from the base. Now, are you going to run into problems for sure? Probably not, and if it works for you by all means go for it. I worked as a painter for years and there are two methods I have settled on that work for me.

  1. This is probably the best for someone that is not overly adept at painting because it requires less speed. Cut (do the edges with a brush) the entire room; ceilings, walls corners, around switches vents etc and let it dry completely. Go back around the room with a roller making sure your last pass on a section of wall is a floor to ceiling un-interrupted pass (this helps eliminate roller texture being visible when it dries). The last thing to mention here is roll as close to the edge as possible overlapping with your cut work otherwise the texture difference between the cut work and roll work will be glaringly obvious (particularly with light shining on it). Edit: oh and if you are doing 2+ coats, cut multiple times first, then roll multiple times. The more layers of roller texture over the cut work the better.

  2. The second method involves either a second person (one cutting one rolling) or moving much more quickly. This method works essentially the same except you move around the room in chunks and you want to roll over the cut work before it dries. This is my preferred method, it looks nicer as the coat is more even (opinion). Edit: and to be clear, ignore the edit above for this method...

Beyond that my standard painting disclaimers, use good paint, use good brushes and rollers. Good luck.


I understand where you are going with this but I don't see the end reward. Not sure what kind of humidifier you are planning on running but most models would take a few days of running to have a big effect on a whole house. Probably whereever you leave it will have most of the "humidity".

The payoff is slightly longer drying times. Usually when painting you want faster drying times. You want the water to evaporate before the solvents cure or you get the bubbly look. I doubt that you will introduce that much moisture but you could in the room it is running.

Something more logical would be to just turn on the AC and cool the house which will help with the drying times. If you don't have an AC, wait for a colder day or start in the morning.

  • The idea is to give me more time to go back and fix mistakes as well as keep my wet edge wet for longer. I would turn the humidifier off as soon as I was done painting. I'm only painting one room at a time, so the not whole house thing doesn't bother me. Jun 13, 2014 at 12:24

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