Just because the weather outside is getting cooler doesn’t mean that you can’t go outside and start that paint job on your home’s exterior. You may be concerned about the quality of the paint as the temperatures cool and whether your paint job will look as good as it would if you were to go outside in the summer. Indeed, paint can only handle so much humidity and a certain temperature range. Generally, you should try to paint when the weather outside is at about 50 percent humidity and at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit. However, you still do get warmer autumn days in which it’s perfect to get outside and paint.
If you need specific paints for your outdoor paintjob, Majic Paints has a range of products suited for exterior painting. Its Professional Latex Flat House line will not ever blister, turn yellow over time, or get chalky. You can choose from a quality Latex Primer, or a Professional Latex Semi-Gloss. These paints come in a variety of colors such as white, dark brown, black, and colonial red.
Once you pick a day to start painting, make sure that it’s a sunny one. Not only does this ensure that the humidity and the temperature are closer to what you need for quality paint, but the sunlight will help speed up the drying process as well. Still, you will need to allow any coat of paint at least three hours to fully dry. You should not attempt to paint over a second layer before that amount of time has elapsed. Make sure that the weather will stay somewhat temperate all day; it should never reach any lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit if you want your paint to dry fully and without any blemishes.
If you have a day off and want to paint in the morning, you should start by at least 10 o’ clock but not any earlier than that. The moistness of dew can also prevent your paint from drying the right way. As the day elapses, you will want to stop at least an hour or two before the sun sets, so somewhere at around three o’ clock in the afternoon. This allows the sunlight to begin to dry your paint. You also are avoiding low temperatures and working in minimal daylight. If the paint is still drying by nightfall, it could develop moisture after freezing which could put a damper on the paint job you spent all afternoon working on.
As mentioned above, you also must track the humidity. On most autumn days, you don’t have to worry about the humidity growing too high, but it can certainly occur. Too much humidity can also negatively affect your paint. It can lead to the color changing and becoming yellow or brown. If you use Majic Paints, you can avoid this yellowing, but you should still avoid humidity any higher than 70 percent.