“It should be at least 50° F when you’re applying the paint and shouldn’t drop below 32° F at night for several days after,” says Rico de Paz, who oversees Consumer Reports’ paint tests. Even if it’s warm during the day, the paint won’t form a good film if temperatures drop too low at night.
An overall general rule of thumb is that oil-based paint can be applied when the temperatures are between 40° – 90° F and latex paint is best applied between 50°- 85° F. However, latex paints are best for most exteriors (we recommend 100% acrylic).
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is 41 degrees too cold to paint outside?
Most paint brands have labels that warn users not to paint in temperatures below 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Thanks to modern advancements in paint materials, most paint manufacturers now offer acrylic latex paints that can be applied to the exterior of your home in temperatures as low as the threshold of 35 degrees.
What temperature paint front door?
Opt for dry, sunny, calm conditions with temperatures between 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit for oil-based paint and 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit for latex paint. Start early in the day so the door will be dry enough by evening to reattach security hardware.