How long does plaster take to dry? The answer might not be as straightforward as you think

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If you’ve got newly plastered walls you need to know how long does plaster take to dry? Knowing the drying and curing times of different plasters is essential so you can plan ahead and not jump into a project too soon. 

When plastering walls the plaster itself sets in a couple of hours so it stays on the wall and ceiling. But it doesn’t fully dry, which it needs to do before you start whatever project you have in mind. If you don't and you decide to paint, wallpaper or start drilling into the plaster you could encounter some unwanted problems. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.