How do I paint the exterior of a house during rain?

Painten does not recommend to paint during the rain. Bad weather can seriously damage your new paint job, creating streaks and drastically reducing the life of your paint.

If a sudden rainstormĀ is headed your way when you’ve already begun painting your home’s exterior, what should you do? If using acrylic paint, it needs to dry for two hours before the rain starts to fall, and even longer if heavier rain is on the way. Oil-based paint, on the other hand, needs even longer to dry. It’s best to use this type of paint at least 24 hours before rain is in your area.

The siding of your home may have eaves and soffits that provide protection from the elements and most paint can endure a short shower without streaking or washing off completely. However, heavier rain poses a bigger problem. The key is to plan accordingly and check your local forecast for up-to-the-minute weather updates in your area.

The type of paint you use will also dictate how long you can wait to paint your home after it has rained. As a general rule, acrylic paint can cover siding that feels dry when you touch it. Apply oil-based paints need after the surface has been dry for at least a day. Check the label on the back of your paint, to learn the recommended drying time.

In addition to rain, other types of weather affect the quality of your paint job. Excessive wind can dry the paint on your home too quickly, and dust particles impact the quality of the finish. Even sunny weather can be problematic. Paint can wrinkle in the heat when the siding of your home is in sunlight, so try to paint each side of your home when it is not in direct sunlight.

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