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Q My know-it-all neighbor tells me weather conditions need to be considered when I paint the outside of my house. Obviously, I shouldn't paint in the rain or the mid-day sun, but otherwise does the weather make any difference? Or, is my neighbor all wet?

A Your know-it-all neighbor does, at least, know something about exterior painting. Paint when the temperature is above 10 and below 30 degrees C. Otherwise the drying time will be adversely affected. Avoid not only rain but also wind. High winds not only can cause your paint to dry too quickly, they can also blow dirt and other debris onto the wet surface. You should also try to paint with the shade. In other words, if you can avoid painting in direct sunlight, do so. Always check the manufacturer's instructions on the paint can label and get advice from your local independent paint retailer.