Oil drying time

24 Feb 2009

Q: Can I varnish my oil painting as soon as it is dry to the touch? I use a medium made of Damar medium, linseed oil, and turpentine, and have finished a commission that needs to go to the client in one week. Would it be better to not varnish?

A: An oil painting takes six months to one year to fully dry. You should apply a final layer of varnish only after the painting dries completely.

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