When is it too cold to paint?


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Old 10-16-14, 03:03 PM
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When is it too cold to paint?

Hi folks Ė

Does anyone have any opinion about when it becomes too cold to do exterior painting? I notice that some manufacturers say donít paint if you expect temperatures to drop below 50 in the next 24 hour period. One manufacturer says donít paint if you expect temperatures below 45 Ė but they donít say what time frame they are talking about.

Around where I live temps are starting to hit the low 60ís during the day, but mid to low 40ís at night. Sounds like I should quit painting my house for the season, but I was wondering if experienced folks use other criteria. Iíd like to keep going but I donít want to do a bad job (maybe my job is bad anyway, lol).

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Old 10-16-14, 04:13 PM
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Specific paints are available that allow application in temperatures down to 35 degrees. I would start with a paint store (not paint dept) and they will point you in the correct direction. Sherwin Williams Duration exterior I believe fits the bill.
 
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Old 10-16-14, 04:14 PM
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I would say it's too cold for latex.

You've successfully avoided this till next spring
 
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Old 10-16-14, 04:35 PM
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You've successfully avoided this till next spring
Nonsense, nothing finer than slapping on paint with a parka and winter gloves on.

You do have to be mindful of morning dew as it will effect adhesion.
 
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Old 10-17-14, 03:34 AM
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The old rule of thumb was you could paint at 50 degrees and rising and quit at 55 and falling but as Z said there are some latex paints that can be applied down to 35 degrees BUT the temp has to stay at/above 35 for 24 hrs. The substrate temp is just as important as the air temperature!

At 60 degrees you should be able to continue with the paint you are using as long as you stop several hours before sunset and it doesn't drop below 40 overnight.
 
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Old 10-17-14, 08:52 AM
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Thanks a lot gents. Very good information. Very helpful.
 
 

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