Too Cold to Paint?


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Old 11-15-14, 02:28 PM
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Too Cold to Paint?

I plan on painting my porch railings tomorrow but am not sure if it's warm enough outside to do so. The high tomorrow will be 49 and the low 37 and there is a chance of rain on Monday with colder temperatures in the days following (highs in the 30s). I'll be using a Behr exterior satin paint and primer in one. Should I hold off? My HOA is pressing me to take care of it asap so I don't have a lot of time. FYI, the porch is white and Ill be painting it white again.
 
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Old 11-15-14, 06:36 PM
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Is the Behr paint a tinted color such that you can not return it? Sherwin Williams Duration can be applied in temps up to 35 degrees. The back of the Behr can will tell you where the temp needs to be. My guess is that they are looking for the 55 degree range. Other manufacturers also have low temp paints, just have to inquire with them about their options.
 
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Old 11-15-14, 07:32 PM
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Just checked the can. Says okay to paint as low as 35, so I'm good to go.
 
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Assuming the Behr is similar to SWP's low temp paint - it must remain above 35 degrees for 24 hrs after application.
Has the railing previously been painted? primer in the paint isn't very good for raw wood although it's ok for minor areas of raw wood. 2 thin coats are better than 1 heavy coat when the temps aren't very cooperative.
 
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The temperature has been just above 35 for 24 hours and the paint appears to be just fine. It has been drizzling since 5pm yesterday though, but it is a covered porch so as long as it isn't very windy--which it isn't--I should be hopefully be okay.
 
 

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