No matter what your reasoning is for painting your home, it is important to understand the temperature requirements of the paint you are using so the process runs smoothly.

One common misunderstanding is that a home can be painted no matter what temperature it is outside and that can lead to potential problems.

Before you start painting the exterior of your home, make sure the temperature requirements are ideal so the paint job looks spectacular when you are finished. Things have changed dramatically in the last decade. It wasn’t too long ago that you couldn’t paint below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now, most paint manufactures have integrated their low-temperature technology into the current paint lines so we don’t need to switch products in the fall.

Knowing the minimum and maximum temperature requirements for the paint you are using is very important. The temperatures can vary depending on the type of paint you are using as well as the brand. This means that the coldest temperature you can paint the exterior of your home in will vary.

However, there is a temperature requirement general rule of thumb for oil and latex-based paints. For oil-based paint, you will not want to paint the exterior of your home when it is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

For “Low Temperature” latex-based paint, you will not want to paint when the temperature is below 35 degrees Fahrenheit outside.

Additionally, it is important to take note of the relative humidity because this can help or hurt your drying time for both types of paint. You will ideally want to paint on a day that has humidity that is between 40% and 70% for the best drying conditions.

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