Paint drying can be greatly hastened with heat guns or heat lamps.
You do need to be careful in this respect though, as many paints are
highly flammable. Latex paints are suitable for heat-assisted drying,
and are probably your best option in this case.
Latex traffic paints are available in 5 or 55 gal containers from:
The fastest drying time is for the
"LATEX TRAFFIC PAINT (Jet Dry)
our most durable, fast-drying, water-reducible traffic paint, ideal
for asphalt and concrete striping. Apply with or without glass beads.
Dry time is not affected by adverse weather conditions as much as
other latex traffic paint.
Coverage: Up to 450 ft. of 4" stripe per gal.
Drying Time: Dries to "no track" in 10 minutes or in 2 minutes or less
with 130F heat. Not affected by humidity as much as other latex
Clean-up: Water / Alcohol"
The paint is available in White, Yellow and Red. The product data
sheet for the white paint is at
Another product is advertised at
It's the snappily-named TT-E-516A QD Enamel, about halfway down the
"PRODUCT: A quick-dry, lusterless, styrenated alkyd enamel formulated
for low-voc content. This coating is primarily used as a finish coat
on ammunition and other metal surfaces.
DESCRIPTION: A quick-dry, low-voc, lusterless styrenated alkyd enamel
formulated to meet Federal Specification TT-E-516A. Its quick-dry
characteristics makes it an excellent production enamel for metal
COLORS..........................All Lusterless 595 Colors
GRIND...........................Not Under 5
SPECULAR GLOSS..................2 - 8
VISCOSITY.......................67 - 77 KU
DRYING TIME-AT 75 DEGREES F:
SET-TO-TOUCH....................3 To 6 Minutes
DRY HARD........................Within 10 Mins.
TACK FREE.......................Within 15 Mins.
FULL HARDNESS...................Within 72 Hours
Fast Drying Properties
Full Color Range, 595 Colors
Fast Production Time.
APPLICATION & REDUCTION: Griggs TT-E-516A QD Styrenated Enamels can be
applied by conventional or airless spray application. For spraying,
thin up to 10% or as needed with TT-X-916 Thinner. For brushing,
reduce up to 10% with TT-T-306C Thinner Brush small areas only.
SURFACE PREPARATION: Surface must be clean, dry and free of all
contamination before application of primer.
STEEL: Surface must be clean and free of all oil, grease and foreign
material. Badly rusted or pitted steel should be cleaned by commercial
sandblasting and primed the same day.
PRECAUTIONS: Contents are COMBUSTIBLE. Keep away from heat and open
flame. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. Do not take internally.
Avoid breathing vapor or mist. Do not use in tank or pit without
proper protection. Read Material Safety Data Sheet before use of this
So NO heat gun with that one! I understand that the thinner
consistency of the spray application can reduce drying time.
I hope these are what you're looking for. If I can be of any further
assistance, don't hesitate to ask for a clarification!
Search term: paint quick fast drying time 2 OR two minutes
Clarification of Answer by
26 Sep 2002 03:37 PDT
I still think traffic paint is your best bet, even without the heat
gun, it dries very quickly. The brand advertised at
has a drying time of one minute or less. Like the other traffic
paints I recommended, it can be tinted whatever color you like,
including blue, using the universal tinting colors available at
hardware shops and paint suppliers.
A search for "traffic paint" reveals many many manufacturers, most of
whom have an online store.
Best of luck with your project; I hope this information has been
useful to you.