I just finished painting a bathroom and need to reinstall the fixtures
and stuff I took down. Of particular concern is the shower curtain
rod. I know the rubber ends will stick to the paint if the paint
hasn't cured enough. Is there any way to expedite the curing
process? Would a heat gun do the trick?
No, a heat gun is not a good idea. When did you paint? How many hours ago?
Is it too warm where you live to turn the heat on a bit to lower the
humidity in the house? Add a fan, and you can help speed things up.
On the can of paint you used, what curing time is suggested?
A heat gun might damage the paint. Wait several days, then use small
squares of wax paper. After a month, remove the wax squares and apply
a thin coat of oil (or Vaseline) to the wall where the rubber ends
touch. Paint takes about a month to fully cure and harden.
Sorry, but your last sentence is not correct. Paint polymerization
(curing) is fairly asymptotic and takes years to "fully" cure.
Do this little experiment. Put some spots of paint on a hard surface
such as glass.
After a week, use a razor to remove one of the spots. It'll come off
fairly easy. Repeat process in a month or two. The spot will still
come off but it'll be more difficult. Wait a year or more. Now you're
really going to have to scrap hard. After a few years, it'll be a real
bear to remove spots.
For that reason, you don't want to paint bookcase shelves unless you're
willing to wait a year or so before placing heavy items on the shelves.
That's why I use shellac for bookcase shelves.
I agree. If you go back to my suggestions, you won't have any
problems with painted bookshelves (using quality paint and follow all
the manufacturer's prep guidelines). I used Johnson's Paste Wax (in
the yellow can) after 4-6 weeks of paint cure time. It is the wait
time that really makes this work and gives a hard durable finish.
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