Ever wonder if it’s too wet to paint your home or stain your deck? The human hand cannot detect moisture until you start getting into the 30% plus range.
Unfortunately, the safe range when applying water-based coatings in most cases is 15% or less and when using oil stains, it ranges between 10% and 12% or less. Each paint and stain line have its own data sheet that specifically states the max moisture level allowed.
If you apply a coating when the substrate is too wet, you can have adhesion issues. If this happens expect a costly bill to have this failing coating removed before you can proceed forward with a new layer.
To avoid losing your warranty from the paint manufacture, it’s always best to check for moisture hold using an electronic meter before you paint!
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