Though clear days occur regularly throughout the fall and winter months, the temperature may not often be warm enough to paint in some locations. New construction jobs that require indoor painting are not exempt from this situation, as the homes are not heated. Being aware of the temperature recommended on the paint label is vital to completing a successful painting project.
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Read the manufacturer’s label on the paint can or bucket. Look for the minimum application and drying temperatures. Not only do you need to apply paint at or above a certain temperature (often 50 degrees F, but it may be as low as 35 degrees), you need to make sure the temperature is not going to fall below that level before the paint dries.
Buy the paint that is appropriate for the conditions under which it will be applied. According to the Bennette Paint website, “’Lapping’, ‘ghosting’, ‘mud cracking’, and other film irregularities can occur if the proper product is not chosen for the temperature range of application.” Darker colors are more prone to these phenomena that lighter colors. Even if you use a heater to heat the wall, the paint in the can is often not as warm, and this could cause problems.
Start late in the morning and end painting earlier in the day to keep the paint from freezing.