Q: Cold weather is here. Can I still paint the exterior of my house? A: Temperature is one of the most important factors to think about when you are considering painting the exterior of your home.
For paint to dry properly, temperatures need to be above 45 or 50 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the type of paint. Solvent-based paints require temperatures to be 45 F or higher, whereas latex paints require 50 F temperatures or higher. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for paint-specific instructions.
Two of the most important factors affecting how paint dries are temperature and humidity. Knowing how to avoid adverse environmental extremes can help you avoid painting problems. In extreme cases, bitter cold prevents drying altogether while heat has the opposite effect.
If you find yourself in this situation, or about to begin a painting project in weather below 60 degrees, the facts and tips below might help. Here is some information about what happens to paint in lower temperatures as well as some tips on getting the best result in a less-than-desireable environment. Back to the Blog. Penington Painting Company is a national specialty contractor recognized as a unique organization with very high standards for to Safety, Quality and Environmental Awareness.
Painting can be a real chore in the wintertime. Always ask your paint manufacturer first and use these tips to decide if you really can paint in cold weather or if you should wait till warmer days prevail. If your paint has frozen, I would recommend getting new paint.
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For interior and exterior painting projects, the matter of what temperature to paint requires careful consideration. If you make the wrong decision, you risk premature paint failure. Paints, like materials, react to changes in temperature and humidity.
As the days grow shorter and the nights grow cooler, you may suddenly realize that you only have a few weeks left to finish your exterior painting projects. However, beware of painting outdoors when the weather turns nippy. Painting when the weather is too cold is a mistake that will leave you with unsightly consequences.
Many home builders and remodelers try to get all of their painting done before the temperature drops, but sometimes the timing is just not right. For the purposes of painting, cold weather generally is defined as temperatures ranging between 35 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures below 50 F typically can have a variety of negative effects on paint and paint application. Alkyd and oil-based paints are made with oils and resins that become more viscous thicker at lower temperatures.