Notice how semi-gloss or gloss paint seems to take FOREVER to dry on a wood project? Try this little trick.
Use a satin sheen paint instead, allow it to dry, then continue with a spray can of gloss clear coat. You’ll spend a little more (not much if you by a cheap clear coat), but you’ll save tons of drying time.
Always be sure to prime your project, sand it smooth, wipe it down, then apply your paint coats. With a satin or duller sheen paint you could even sand in between coats for an even smoother finish. I’ve found that an enamel undercoater works really well on wood projects.