{when is it too cold to paint outside?}

The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping and your mother’s hotdish recipe seems to be the only thing that can take the chill out of your bones. Yes, Fall has arrived in Minnesota.

But what about all of those home improvement projects you had hoped to complete over the summer? Do you still have time to fit one more in? If you’re thinking about doing some exterior painting, the answers depends on Mother Nature.

Temperature plays a major role in the success of your exterior painting project. Paint must set before the temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so it is best not to paint within two hours of sundown if temps are predicted to drop below that. Extremely high temperatures can also cause a problem, so avoid painting in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (but we don’t have to worry about that for awhile now, do we!).

Moisture also affects paint, so wait several days after a rainfall and allow morning mist to evaporate before beginning your project.

Always make sure to check the label on your paint can for additional information or talk to your local Hirshfield’s paint expert. Hirshfield’s does offer a wide selection of paint for your exterior painting projects, including Hirshfield’s House Coat, Hirshfield’s House Coat II, Hirshfield’s House & Trim and Hirshfield’s Platinum Exterior.

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that Mother Nature has a few more warm days left up her sleeve so we can all finish up those last minute projects!

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