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Old 03-26-2012, 06:08 AM   #1
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Hi, I touched up some places on our cabinets and woodwork with some old paint that was left when the house was built. It is oil base enamel it looked funky in the can but I stirred it good and it looked ok ,looks good on the wood but it won't dry. It has been 24 hours and it is still tacky. Thank You, Howard ,T. Louisiana

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Sometimes the driers evaporate out of old oils.

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I see you are from Louisiana. If humidity is already high that may be effecting drying time. I suspect the paint dryers may have failed as mentioned.
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Thank You, So do I need to take some thinner and remove the paint I put-on or do you think it will dry?
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24 hours is a long time for paint to dry. how thick did you apply it and how tacky is it. oil based paints need air movement over the surface to induce drying and a little solvent evaporation. if the paint if was applied too thick, it may never dry completly. we have found old puddles of 50 year old oil paints on bridge flanges that have skinned over but still liquid on the substraight kind of like opening a can of paint that has a skin on top but liquid under it. oxygen will cure the top layer of paint in the can and seal the rest of the paint from the air. you may be able to run fans of even a hair dryer to help drying. if this doesnt help, you may have to remove it.
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Thank You, I will try that and if it does not dry I will start over . I did not put it on thick and it does feel like it is drying some now. Thanks again

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