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When Is It Too Cold To Paint Outside?

Even though we live in on the West Coast and are blessed with one of the best climates in the country, it is still winter. As the weather becomes more and more uncertain from day to day, a question we get asked frequently, is . . . "How cold is too cold to paint my exterior?"

It is always recommended to do your own research depending on how extensive the job is, what type of paint your contractor is using, and the colour change, if there is one.

Our standard exterior paint is A100 by Sherwin-Williams which is manufacturer specified to go on at temperatures as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit (1.67 degrees Celsius). Source

Temperature need to saty at that level for four hours or more consistently. The paint has to have a surface temp to enable it to dry properly. That being said, if there is rain in the forecast, make sure to cease the painting if there is not ample time to allow each coat to dry at least 4-6 hours.

Be careful not to let the painting contractor rush you into painting your exterior based on his/her timeline. Hopefully, you have a good one that is highly recommended and that you know and trust. Normally the home is pressure washed prior to painting, and you want the exterior to be thoroughly dry before caulk and paint are applied. Depending upon the amount of shade that surrounds your home, it may need an extra day to dry.

If you are going with a much deeper colour change, expect two coats of paint, and a longer drying time to allow for the added tint in the paint.

When considering the expense to have the exterior painted, it is better to be safe than sorry. I

f you know the temp is going to be hovering in the below-35-degree Fahrenheit mark (1.67 degrees Celcius)

for several days, and not much sun peaking through, think twice about having that project started. As our winter progresses, it may be better to wait until the spring.

Give us a call today to speak to one of our friendly advisors and schedule you in for a time that works for both you and for mother nature!

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