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Old 01-29-2008, 07:41 AM   #1
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I have a large living room to paint. It consists of 3 outside walls and I live in western PA. The house was built in the 1940's and does not have the greatest insulation. How will temps in the 30's (F) affect the paint on these outside wall, especially the corners? Am I better off waiting for warmer weather? Thanks.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:13 PM   #2
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It depends on the paint, but the easiest way to put it is that it will take longer to dry and cure
Figure on extra time for everything

Conceivably, if the substrate (surface you are painting) is too cold, the paint may not work well at all, but it would have to be pretty cold inside for this to happen
If you have one of those laser surface thermometers handy that would tell you for sure
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Thanks. What surface temp is too cold? My house is usually around 66F, but I'm assuming the outside corners will be colder.
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There are paints out there that only requires a surface temp of 35 degrees. Check with your local paint stores such as Sherwin Williams. Check the store employees and the label on the can for temp required.
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What surface temp is too cold?
It depends on the paint
Mostly you want it above 50*
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Why not get a gas heat blower to run? That would warm everything up and then paint? Enen at 50 degrees you should be fine though I have painted with colder surfaces without problems using Benjamin Moore.
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The key factor is the temperature of the WALL and not the air temperature.

Get a laser thermometer. - You can also use it to check out your freezer, refridgerator and temperature of your grease before you fry.

You should be concerned with the temperature of the wall and applied paint, which affects the drying and curing. You will also notice that with latex paint, the temperature of the applied paint will go down as moisture evaporates.
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I have had to do plenty of interior painting during the winter because heat was not available yet. If you aim a gas heater to blow into the room the walls will warm up. The room will be very warm and not a room to hang out in but the walls will be warm enough to conduct some interior painting.
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