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Temperature Range for Painting Your House


Painting outside of house.

At what temperatures does it become too hot (or cold) to paint your house? -Ilona

Hi Ilona,

The maximum and minimum recommended temperatures for exterior paint vary depending on the type (oil or latex) and specific brand of paint used, but a general rule of thumb is that oil-based paint can be applied when the temperatures are between 40°- 90° F and latex between 50°- 85° F. The best drying will occur when the relative humidity is 40% to 70%.

Too high or low a temperature can cause the paint to not bind together properly, which can lead to cracking and peeling. Latex can also be difficult to apply at high temperatures, since it will dry too quickly to brush out properly.

When you’re painting outside, work your way around the house during the day so that you’re not painting in the sun, since the actual temperature on a sunny surface will be much higher than the weather forecast “in the shade” temperature.

Good luck with your project,


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4 Comments on “Temperature Range for Painting Your House”

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  1. painte guy Says:
    September 16th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Temps are backwards for oil and latex………..

  2. Elbert Godwin Says:
    August 6th, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Does the storing of Latex or oil based paint in temperatures less than or greater than these mentioned for application, affect the paint properties?

  3. Dacs Henry Says:
    October 1st, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I need a tip on how to keep my hot house cool using painting.

  4. rick allen Says:
    October 17th, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I live in portland oregon. My contractor called and can paint our house exterior Monday (Sherwin Wlliams A-100 latex paint). But I noticed its suppose to be 55 degrees (13 degrees c) on Monday morning with a high of 61. 60% chance of occasional rain showers and 94% humidity. Maybe .10 inches rain expected. he said hes done this 20 years and he’s not going to worry about it. Am I right to be concerned? Or as long as its not raining when they are painting, will it likely be ok?

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