When to Paint Exteriors in Oregon

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Painting exteriors is occasionally tricky business, especially when it comes to climate. If it's 100 degrees in a state like Arizona, that is not the most ideal painting condition. Painting in cold temperatures is not advised either. In Oregon, we battle something different: consistent rain. 

So when is the best time to paint exteriors in Portland and surrounding areas? Late spring to early fall. 

In other regions, exterior painting can begin in early spring and go deep into the fall, provided the temperatures aren't too low. In Oregon it's different. We have a long rainy season. 

To get more specific, you don't want to battle moisture. If a home or business's exterior is moist, the paint won't adhere to the surface. If surface is dry but the air is somewhat moist and the sky overcast, it will take much longer for the paint to cure. Again, that isn't the most ideal condition for exterior painting. That said, you do want the paint to take some time drying, so direct sunlight and high heat isn't best either. 

The best conditions for exterior painting are between 50 and 80 degrees air and surface temperature.

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