How Long Does Lacquer Take To Dry?

By Daniel Berry •  Updated: 10/22/21 

Lacquers provide a clear layer of protection over whatever surface you are painting. I’m sure you already knew that but I needed some way to start this article.

If you’re here then you don’t want to know what lacquer is, but rather how long it takes to dry. So let’s jump into it. I have done tons of research and gathered together this mega list of lacquers along with their drying times.

Wood Lacquers

Manns Trade Extra Tough Pro Lacquer

A clear, two-component water-based lacquer that offers superior durability.

Drying Time – 2 Hours

Polyvine Crystal Clear Lacquer

Perfectly clear, non-yellowing, water-based acrylic lacquer for interior and exterior wood, metal, tiles, ceramic & plastic.

Drying Time – 1 Hour 30 Mins

Morrells 250 Pre-Catalyst Lacquer

A medium build, clear, nitrocellulose, quick-drying lacquer. Available from 10% matt to 90% high gloss.

Drying Time – 30 Mins

Morrells 440 Acid-Catalyst Lacquer

High build, fast drying two-component lacquer for professional use.

Drying Time – 15 Mins

Automotive Lacquers

Hycote Clear Lacquer Spray

A general-purpose acrylic-based finish designed to be used on all types of metallic and rigid plastics surfaces when used in conjunction with the appropriate primers.

Drying Time – 15 Minutes Between Coats

Fully Dry – 24 Hours

Hycote Matt Lacquer Spray

A Matt finish general-purpose acrylic-based finish designed to be used on all types of metallic and rigid plastics surfaces when used in conjunction with the appropriate primers.

Drying Time – 15 Minutes Between Coats

Fully Dry – 24 Hours

Hycote Double Acrylic

This range is based upon updated technology allowing the inclusion of higher concentrations of paint per aerosol compared to standard technologies.

Drying Time – 15 Minutes Between Coats

Fully Dry – 24 Hours

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Daniel Berry

Hey, I'm Dan, I studied computer science with artificial intelligence at Loughborough University. I try to bring my tech knowledge to the posts where it is needed while also offering a DIY view to go with Sam's professional view on tools. I am a very keen DIY'er and have experience of doing everything the completely wrong way.