Professional Tips And Tricks For Painting In The Fall

Sometimes, no matter the conditions outside – you have to get things done. This is especially true if you have taken on a renovation project and don’t want to put things on hold as the cold weather comes through. Luckily, there are a few tips and facts to be mindful of if you are going to tackle painting in the fall.

What happens to paint?

First things first, what happens to paint when the temperatures drop? Paint begins to transform from its original state as temperature dip below 50 Fahrenheit. You can expect to see more viscous-like textures with Alkyd and oil-based paints at this coolness. Once paint becomes thick, a smooth and even application will prove very difficult. In addition, Latex or water-based materials risk freezing at these temperatures unless a freeze-resistance additive in mixed in.

Application Issues

The chemicals in your paint work their best within a certain temperature range, and this range is essential for your paint to cure and coalesce at their maximum potential. Without this curation process, you could end up with blushing, peeling, bubbling, low sheen, color inconsistency, and more.

What to do with frozen paint

Whether you are using water or oil-based paints, frozen paint isn’t a deal-breaker. If you’ve hit 32 Fahrenheit, chances are your water-based paint has gone through several freeze-thaw cycles. Oil-based paint, on the other hand, harbors more of a resistance to freezing temperatures. If you’re able to stir your paint into a slick, smooth consistency – it’ll cure. If your paint remains lumpy, you’ll need to toss it.

Things to consider

If you’re working with some below-average temperatures, odds are the surfaces you wish to paint are equally, if not more, frigid. Using an infrared thermometer, you can detect what kind of surface temperatures you’re really working with. What’s more, you can follow a handy weather report to see if you’ll have some consecutive sunny days. This way, you can ensure you’re allowing enough time to apply multiple coats and a proper drying cycle.


While there are ways to work around the cold, sometimes it’s best to put your trust into the hands of a professional. Spray Finishes are electrostatic painting experts who can assist you with any project, rain or shine. Contact us today!

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