Best Season for Interior and Exterior Painting Around Lake Minnetonka

Posted on: September 14th, 2018 by M Carlson Painting

Why fall is the best season for interior and exterior painting?

Fall is an amazing season for many different reasons including the comfortably warm but cool, crisp weather, which is perfect for tackling some of those home improvement projects.

Do you have any last minute interior or exterior project that you’d like to tackle before winter comes? Well, it’s not to late to contact your favorite Lake Minnetonka painting contractors at M Carlson Painting.

Interior painting

It is often assumed that painting can only be done during warm weather, but autumn and winter are some of the best seasons for tackling interior painting projects.

Fall and winter are typically slower seasons for painting contractors, which means you’re more likely to get a better bid if you tackle your interior painting projects during these seasons rather than during the busy summer months.

What makes autumn and winter the best seasons for interior painting?

During these seasons it’s easier to control and regulate the temperatures that are required for optimal paint drying conditions compared to exterior projects. Ideally paint should be applied at 60 degrees Fahrenheit and shouldn’t drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Compared to exterior painting projects, these temperatures can be easily controlled by utilizing your central heating system. It is suggested that homeowners turn up their thermostat to about 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit before painting crews arrive, and keep it there for approximately 36 hours after they’ve finished.

Fall and winter are also great seasons to do interior painting projects because there’s less humidity in the air compared to the summer months.

If the humidity is too high, paint had trouble drying, which is why it’s important to check and set your thermostat properly before starting any interior painting project. The optimal range for humidity for interior painting jobs is between 40 to 50 percent.

Running a heater and dehumidifier, in addition to turning up your central heating system, will ensure that your paint dries perfectly.

It is also important to remember to have proper ventilation when your painting contactors are doing an interior painting job during the fall and winter. Opening up a few windows will help, but you don’t need to open up every window in a room your painting in to ensure proper ventilation.

Opening up a few windows for air circulation is especially important if your painting contractors are working with enamel paint, which provides a hard, glossing and opaque finish.

Using a fan will also provide extra air circulation, but make sure it’s clean and free of dust and other particles, which can land on the paint and get stuck.

Exterior painting

Autumn is one of the last seasons of the year where exterior painting projects can be done. Late spring and summer are typically the seasons when you want to be doing exterior painting, but these projects can still be done through October, depending on the weather.

A general rule of thumb for exterior painting is that the ambient temperature must not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but some premium paints can be applied to as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

Oil-based paint can be applied when the temperatures are between 40 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and latex between 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fall is also a great time to complete those exterior painting projects because the humidity is lower, which allows the paint to dry properly. Optimal relative humidity levels for exterior painting tend to be between 40 to 70 percent.

Whatever the time of year, M. Carlson Painting is ready to help you with a variety of commercial or home improvement projects.

Tags: , , , ,

Comments are closed.

Please give us a call at

952-933-9968

3496 Shoreline Drive, Orono, MN 55391

Blog Archive

Stay Connected

Bringing customer service back one great paint job at a time