Paint requires specific conditions in order to cure properly, though these conditions vary based on the type of paint. Manufacturers usually state minimum temperature applications on labels. If you don’t make sure these conditions are met, you could end up having to have your home repainted in just a few years.
Learn when it???s too cold to have your exterior painted from a trusted residential and commercial painting expert.
How Cold Is Too Cold
Some manufacturers state that it???s safe to paint when it’s as cold as 35 degrees. we recommend putting off the task until it’s at least 40 to 45 degrees. You???ll need to have a few days where temperatures don???t go below the minimum requirement specified for the paint because you need to consider drying time for multiple coats.
Don???t forget to ask your siding or painting contractor if they have a plan to protect your home in case it rains. Also, if there???s rain in the forecast, it???s best to delay the project if there won’t be enough time to let each coat dry for at least four to six hours. If the temperatures are predicted to dip below 40 degrees for several days consecutively, you may want to consider waiting until spring.
Consequences of Painting When It???s Too Cold
Low temperatures can have various negative effects on paint and its application. The oils and resins in alkyd and oil-based paints become thicker at lower temperatures, which can make it hard to apply the paint smoothly and evenly. Latex paint, on the other hand, is prone to freezing since it’s made of water.
All alkyd, oil-based and latex paints are made to cure within a specific temperature range. They may not cure properly if temperatures are below that range, as their components require the proper temperature to bond together. Improper curing can result in poor coverage, peeling, bubbling, low sheen and color inconsistency.
At Arrowhead Painting, we’ve been providing remodeling and painting services for over 30 years. We offer exterior painting, deck staining, siding installation and more. Call us at (918) 743-9258 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.