With much of the country in the midst of a long, cold winter, we Floridians can count our blessings. One such benefit of living in the Sunshine State is that your painters can begin work earlier in the year for a new paint job on your house. But how warm and dry should the weather be before we start an exterior painting job?

I usually recommend that an exterior paint job not be initiated until you have good weather in the forecast for 1 to 2 weeks. In the colder times of the year, I also say that the nighttime temperature must be in the 40's or higher, for that same 1 to 2 weeks. Though your paint won't need a week to dry, we like to give ourselves some wiggle room with the weather.

Colder temperatures and bad weather can damage your exterior paint before it has a chance to mature. Even in the best of weather, I always make sure to get the paint on the exterior walls during the warmest part of the day. That way the paint can dry before the relative humidity increases in the cool night air. The first few hours of drying are the most important. Even though the chemical compounds in dry paint "set in" for days after application, the paint is tough enough to stand up to some weather after several hours of drying. Even so, we want to give it all the time we can.

In the real world, you may not have 2 weeks of glorious weather lined up prior to an exterior painting. Not to worry. We will make sure that there is adequate drying time before tackling a job. There are always different factors to consider: painting surface (wood, stucco, masonry paint), paint type, wind, weather, humidity. Our team of house painting specialists can do a fantastic job, usually in 4-6 hours. After a cool dry night, the paint surface will be tough enough to stand on its own for years to come.

Even if there is an unexpected downpour, we'll always make ourselves available for fixes and touchups. But this is the exception to the rule. We have done this hundreds of times, so we know the precise time to start an exterior or deck paint job. If you are waiting out the winter but anticipating a new coat of paint on your home's exterior, give us a call. We proudly serve the Jacksonville, FL area and we can help you schedule the perfect day for the job.

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