Temperature Range for Painting Your House

By: Danny Lipford

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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  • sonia Says:
    April 8th, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Hi ,I want to paint the inside of the garage ,but the temperature outside is 50 degrees, it is ok to do it?

  • Marylyn Says:
    December 14th, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Hello there, I just want to know if it’s ok to paint outside at 59 degrees low 37, then it will rain on the 3rd day. What’s the best temperature?

  • Marilyn Hale Says:
    December 5th, 2015 at 9:50 am

    We want to paint our hardie board when the temperature will be a high of 48 and a low of 35, with a special paint meant for hardie board. Will we have problems with it being that cold?

  • PrimeTime Painting/ CA Says:
    November 29th, 2015 at 9:36 am

    When painting the exterior of a home and the weather is not ideal. When cold outside, start painting about 10am, this way the temp. has had a chance to rise compared with early in the morn., then stop painting about 2pm, allowing the paint to have time to dry, before the colder temps come back. Check the back of the can for the temp range. When very hot outside, start early follow the shade, and if the temp is going over 100, stop painting hours before temp gets to 100+.

  • 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?

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

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

  • 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?

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

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

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