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The Worst Times To Paint Your Exterior

Gorgeous, warm weather means everyone has the opportunity to get all of the outside home improvements checked off their ever-growing list. Having a fresh coat of paint added to the exterior of the home is no exception. While there are ideal seasons to have the exterior of your house painted, no one mentions the ideal days to paint during those seasons. You have to keep an eye on the weather to avoid any rain or excessive wind. Here’s why you need to pay attention to the weather and what days you need to avoid.

Windy Days: Wet paint is the ideal velcro for catching dirt, debris, and other airborne contaminants the wind picks up. A gentle breeze now and then is okay, but avoid painting before very windy days. Not only can your paint get contaminated, but you run the risk of streaks depending on how strong the wind is and how fresh the paint is. Another thing to think about is don’t mow your lawn right after you’ve painted, whether it’s windy or not. Your lawn mower could shoot the clipping high enough to hit your fresh paint.

Rainy Days: Water and paint don’t mix. While it might be common knowledge not to paint during a rainstorm, what people don’t realize is that you need to wait a day or two after it’s rained to paint. There’s a chance the siding will still be wet, so those extra days will make sure everything is ready to go for the new paint. If you can, wait one additional day for a total of three days to paint the exterior.

Cold Nights: While the days are gorgeous, the nights many get too cold for the paint to dry correctly. If the temperature the night before was 40’s or below, you’ll need to wait a few more days to paint. Ideally, the overnight temperature should be no lower than the 50’s.

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