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Is ペンキ塗り立て a common expression? If not, what will be a typical sign warning of wet paint?

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Yes it's the most common expression on Japanese "wet paint" signs. You can buy stickers and tapes with ペンキ塗り立て.

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Yes, it is- Allow me to explain. ~立て(たて)is a piece of grammar added to the stem of verbs to signify that they have been freshly or very recently done.

「習いたての単語を使う」→ to use a recently learned word

「焼きたてのパンを食べる」→to eat freshly baked bread

Therefore, the verb 塗る(ぬる) or to paint, being that it has ~立て attached, expresses the freshness of the paint job.

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