Exterior Paint Drying Time Question ?

Old 04-05-07, 05:38 AM
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Exterior Paint Drying Time Question ?


Thanks all for the previous help; appreciate it.

Live in New England, and will be having house painted this summer.
Will be Latex paint over new (oil pre-primed) Clapboards.

a. Anything to be aware of or caveats in doing this that I'm probably not thinking of ?

b. Main question: I'm told that it will probably take 2 coats.
How long between coats of Latex should one wait for "complete" drying, of the first coat, and to be "safe" ?

BTW: Is the top of the line Benjamin Moore still considered about the best paint for this kind of usage ?

Old 04-05-07, 06:04 AM
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Hey Bob

2 coats of finish is almost always better than 1 even if 1 coat covers sufficently. Generally overnight drying is fine between coats. Humid or damp conditions may require longer. Depending on how it's installed you may need to do some caulking. Any nail heads that are countersunk should be filled with putty or caulk.

You can't go wrong with BM's top of the line paint although the same can be said about SWP.

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Two coats would be recommended
Even if it appears to cover in one coat, two coats would be better

Overnight should be fine, but that depends on humidity, dew...fog banks...

The Ben Moore Moor-glo etc. are great exterior paints that I can strongly recommend

Even though I'm a Ben Moore guy, I have to say the Sherwin Williams Duration is a little better for exteriors
It's more money, and it has it's own particulars, so it's not always the best for a particular application

In reality, you can't go wrong with either

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