When you’re painting your exterior vinyl siding, it’s vital that you choose the right day to do it. This is because painting your home’s exterior will need to be done at a specific temperature. Otherwise, the paint job isn’t going to come out as well as you want it to. But what exactly is the ideal temperature for painting the exterior of your home?
Here, Independent Construction Services discusses the ideal temperature for painting your home’s exterior.
Why Is Temperature Important?
Some homeowners make the mistake of thinking temperature isn’t important when painting their home’s exterior. However, experts will actually tell you that if it’s too hot outside, your paint can dry rapidly and compromise its adhesion. This is because at 90 degrees fahrenheit, the paint will form bubbles and blisters, before peeling once it cures.
On the other hand, scheduling exterior painting service at temperatures below 55 degrees fahrenheit can slow the rate at which the paint cures. Once that happens, the wet paint can attract insects, dirt, grime and other debris, which ruins the new coat of paint.
The Ideal Temperature
Choosing the ideal temperature to start your exterior painting project actually depends on what type of paint you’ll be using. For latex paint, manufacturers recommend 50 degrees fahrenheit while solvent and oil paints should be applied at temperatures above 45 degrees fahrenheit for a minimum of 48 hours. Avoid painting in direct sunlight as well by following the sun around your house. If you must paint in lower temperatures, on the other hand, make sure to purchase specially formulated latex paint that are made to perform in temperatures as low as 36 degrees fahrenheit. Keep in mind, however, that these are just manufacturer recommendations. If you want the best results, consider hiring a professional to get the job done.
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