alkyd paint and rain

Hello.
I need to apply alkyd (oil-based) paint to an exterior railing, but I do not expect a stretch of dry weather in the foreseeable future. My question is, if I can apply the paint and then tarp over the area after the paint becomes dry to the touch, will rain have any detrimental affect if the rain does not actually contact the paint?
Thanks -Mark
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The tarp will do a lot more harm than the rain. Can't get a stretch of no rain for overnight?

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Mark wrote:

As the other poster said

IF it is in contact with the railing.....if it's just a rain shield & air can circulate, it will help but high humidty make it difficult for paint to dry
I've had oil base paint "dull out" just by having the dew settle on it over night
now I never paint oild base As the other poster said within a few hours of sundown if I expect the temp to drop below the dew point
I just found a new (old) paint that is not water base or solvent base.....its 100% solids, linseed oil based but it is expensive...lays down good like old style oil base
If you're painting on new wood, I would suggest you start out right & give this stuff a shot.....
No, I'm not a rep or a sales person :) just a satisfied user
http://www.solventfreepaint.com /
cheers Bob
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