Painting Tips

When Is It Too Cold to Paint?

exterior painting

Did you know paint, stain and other materials can be highly susceptible to temperature and humidity variations? Starting a painting project in less-than-ideal conditions can be a waste of your valuable time and money. Read on to learn more about environmental factors that can affect an exterior paint job and the optimal temperature range for painting or staining your home, deck or other parts of your property. 

Can You Paint in Cold Weather?

Real estate experts often recommend painting and staining as leading ways to enhance your property’s curb appeal and command a higher resale value. However, if the humidity and temperature are not cooperating when you paint, it will affect your finished project’s integrity by causing the paint to cure incorrectly. Improperly cured paint can crack, peel and chip, which defeats the purpose of a job well done. 

Because air and surface temperatures can vary widely, you’ll also want to keep a close eye on the weather forecast for a few days after you plan to paint. Some types of paint take several days to cure fully, and you don’t want the temperatures to change too dramatically during this crucial period. 

Paint that dries when the surface temperature is too hot (over 90 degrees Fahrenheit) can blister and bubble. Conversely, if you paint when it is too chilly, dew can form on the surface and cause the solvents in the paint to evaporate too slowly. Paint also takes a longer time to dry in colder weather, which increases the chances of your freshly painted surface attracting windblown dirt and debris that cling to it while it’s still tacky.   

When Is the Best Time to Plan a Painting Project?

In Middle Tennessee, we are in an ideal location to enjoy all four seasons, but still far enough south to have mostly mild winters. That means you can successfully complete an exterior paint job here if the forecast is at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and won’t drop below freezing at night. 

As Nashville’s premier professional painting company, we proudly serve our clients year-round with exceptional, high-quality residential and commercial painting, staining, drywall repair and pressure washing.

Choose Tennessee Painting Professionals 

You may have completed a few interior painting tasks and are now starting to think about adding a fresh coat of paint to the outside of your home or business. However, as you now know, exterior painting presents unique environmental changes that you might lack the expertise and tools to handle. 

When you hire our trustworthy team to tackle your property’s transformation, we will take care of the following steps: 

  • Preparing the surface to ensure the new paint adheres properly
  • Choosing a premier, nontoxic paint to ensure the most refined finish
  • Replacing cracked or rotted boards 
  • Efficiently applying the paint 
  • Thoroughly cleaning up our workspace after painting
  • Maintaining open, honest communications with you throughout the process

At Tennessee Painting Professionals, we would be honored to help you with a project of any size and scope. Let us impress you with our professionalism, experience and attention to detail. Contact us today to request your free estimate!

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