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Old 07-30-2010, 10:07 PM   #1
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My husband and I are helping our son remodel his bathroom. He has an older (60 year old) home. We stripped off multiple layers of paint, and fixed some bad spots on the wall. Then we primed the bathroom walls with 2 coats of Zinsser primer. Then we painted the lower half of the walls with a dark brown latex semi-gloss Valspar paint and we painted the upper half of the walls with a light beige latex semi-gloss Valspar paint. After 5-6 hours the beige paint dried perfectly. But it has been over 24 hours and the dark brown paint is still tacky to the touch.

We absolutely have no idea why the lower half, painted with the dark brown Valspar is not drying. These walls were all stripped and primed exactly alike.

Right now we have fans blowing on the walls in the hopes of assisting the drying process.

Anyone have any idea's why this happens; and what can we do to fix the problem?

Appreciate any suggestions.


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What you are doing should work, sometimes dark pigmented paints take longer to dry.

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Yep...deep colors have 20-30 times the colorant-load relative to lighter colors!
This translates into waaaaayyyy longer "cure times" for deep colors.

Sorry, but this will persist for some time yet! Could even be a month+...
Keep using fans, and keep the A/C on to lower humidity, especially if it's hot/humid outside.
Air-exchanges are the key.

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Same thing happened for me. I painted the lower half of my walls white and the upper half cherrokee rust. Took the rust color way longer to lose it's tackiness compared to the white.
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I have a similiar problem. Had my bathroom painted over 3 weeks ago with a good quality Sherwin Williams semi gloss latex. It was primed and dried for two days before applying the paint. Still is tacky! Does anyone have an answer or what to do to take off and start over?
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Where are you located ?
What has the humidity level been ?
What color paint ?
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And to add to Dave's questions, Are you using the bathroom daily? Does it have an exhaust fan?
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San Diego, mild levels of humidity, mid range green color. Thanks

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