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Too Cold to Paint?

The season for exterior got off to a very late start, but luckily it also has had an extended season! Many people call us asking if it is too cold to paint at this time of year. Many paints (but not all) can be applied in temperatures greater than 2 degrees. The paint will dry evenly and without failing at this temperature. But, it also shouldn't go below freezing overnight. We have found less issues with painting in temperatures that are too hot versus too cold. When the temperature is too hot, the top layer of the paint dries quicker than the bottom layer causing blistering. The only other problem with painting in weather that is cooler is that it takes longer for the wood to dry, so you need to wait much longer to paint after it has rained on the surface.

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