Drying time

Within a complete color system not only the drying time of a pigment is decisive, but also the use of the binder. The drying time can also be significantly affected by the addition of other colors.

The following list is based on the results of our internal tests. Paints were made without the addition of a drying accelerator.
All Lilly artist oil paints are listed in the online shop with the expected drying times. Whenever we add a drying accelerators we add this information to the paint (usually we add a dryin accelerator if the paint requires more than 5 days to dry).

Quick-drying rate (1-2 days)

  • Cobalt color
  • Manganese blue and violet
  • Sienna and umber

Average drying rate (3-5 days)

  • Cadmium Pigments
  • Chrome Oxide Green
  • Cobalt green and violet
  • Synth. Eisenoxydfarben (PY43 and PR101)
  • Phthalyocyanine blue and green (PB15 and PG36)
  • Natural iron oxides (PY43 and PR102)
  • Ultramarine blue and violet (PB29)
  • Yellow ocher

Slowly dryer (more than 5 days)

  • Bone Black
  • Quinacridone
  • Alicerin Crimson
  • Titanium White (pure)
  • Titanium & zinc white mix
  • Zinc white
  • Synthetic organic colors (for example pyrroles PR254, PR255, PR264)

An overview of the drying times of our oil paints is available on the price list and color chart (pdf).