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Old 07-18-2010, 02:21 PM   #1
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I am going to start painting my exterior soon, (as soon as we make the final decision on color). There is a lot of rain in the forecast.

I found when painting samples yesterday that Benjamin Moore dries to the touch very quickly. Is my painting rain safe as soon as it feel completely dry? Or does it need to setup longer before it gets wet?

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Depends on what you are using and it will (should) tell you on the can

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i think it like 4hrs till expected rain but that will depend on temp and especially humidity,if theres a good chance of rain i won't paint...been down that road before
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Depends on what you are using and it will (should) tell you on the can
Going to be using Aura. I've painted some tests with Benjamin Moore Sample cans, they do not say a dry time on them, however, I found that they were fully dry to the touch very quickly, 20-30 minutes.

I checked on a can of Regal (it is interior) that I have. It says;

Dries to touch in 1 Hours
Re-coat in 2 hours

Washable in 2 weeks.

???

If it isn't washable for 2 weeks, at what point is it rain safe? Dries to touch time, re-coat time or washable time?

Maybe the real cans for Aura will have some better guidelines on them. Without knowing any better, when it is fully dry to touch and I don't get any smudges or get any paint on my hand when rubbing a painted area firmly, I would assume it is safe to get wet... But if the can of Regal says not washable until 2 weeks, then I think my assumption is incorrect.

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Washable means actually rubbing it.I would wait at least 4 hours for the Aura to completly dry.
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Aura will dry in about an hour - it actually could dry much quicker depending on temperature and humidity. There is actually an extender made for it because in many instances it dries too fast. With that being said, I would strongly advise you not to paint with anything if rain is expected within a few hours. My preference is to let paint dry overnight - even Aura - before any rain is expected. If you were really in a jam, depending on weather, humidity, how thick it is applied, etc... you could probably get away with about about 4 hours after applying.. It is so costly to paint the house between materials and labor, don't take a chance and rush it - wait untill you get a couple of days of nice weather.

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