View Full Version : How long do you wait after priming???

07-30-2011, 03:37 PM
This is such a simple question, yet I'm finding it hard to find the answer over the internet! There is a lot of information out there on how to prime your canvas using acrylic gesso, but they often leave out one vital piece of information! Either that or there are very different views on the topic.

When you're done with the acrylic primer/gesso, how long do you wait until painting with oils on it? I've heard everything from 2 days - 1 month!

What do you do?

No6 Brush
07-30-2011, 04:20 PM
As Acrylics require a week before varnishing to allow any moisture to evaporate. I guess it would be a good starting point for Acrylic Gesso to be given a week before applying oils ?


07-30-2011, 05:30 PM
7/30/11 Quote from Underworld_Artist:
. . . how long do you wait until painting with
oils on it?
Almost momentarily.
The principal benefit of acrylic gesso's that
it dries instantly.
You can paint upon it when it's dry to the
touch; a few minutes.

Ron Francis
07-30-2011, 11:06 PM
I usually paint on it the next day, and I've been doing it for around 35 years without a problem.

07-31-2011, 02:13 AM
I paint on it right away and haven't ever had a problem. I have paintings I did 30 years ago that are still just fine.