Window painting in cold weather
Starting Nov 28, we are having 29 Loewen wood windows installed in our house near Toronto, Canada. The temp around that time will be slightly above 0C or 32F. The exterior of the windows will be factory primed. Since these are all wood windows, protecting them from the elements is vital. Can somebody tell me from his/her experience which one is the best option.
1. Since the exterior of the windows are primed, is it possible to leave them without a coat of paint until spring of next year? Is the factory added primer adequate to protect the wood for next 5 months?
2. Or have them painted first in the heated garage and install them after the paint dries. This will leave some scratch marks during install process, but may be good enough for now.
3. Or have them installed and them put a coat of paint as is usually done. From what I have read in this forum, this may not work well because of the cold weather and will be needing a touch-up in the spring anyway.