Painting During the Summer – How Hot is TOO Hot?
They don’t call Florida “The Sunshine State” for nothing. We get plenty of sun, and with it comes plenty of heat during the summer months. Are you planning an exterior painting job for your home when it’s going to be hot-hot-hot? Here are some tips you’ll want to know.
Ideal painting conditions
The best time to paint in the outdoors is when it’s 70 degrees with 50 percent humidity and no wind or rain. When the temperature gets up in the high 70s and beyond, paint can really be affected, which can lead to peeling, blistering and other problems down the line. However, there are some things you can do to get around the heat issue.
· Paint early or late in the day, when it’s cooler.
· Paint on calm days. Wind carries dust and debris, much of which you can’t see until it’s stuck to your paint.
· Watch the weather forecast and don’t paint if rain is expected within 48 hours. And wait to paint at least 24 hours after a rain. Cloudy days when no rain is expected are ideal.
· Follow the sun and try to avoid painting in direct sunlight, which can increase surface temperatures by 15 degrees.
Equipment and technique
· Buy the best paint when painting in non-ideal conditions. This can’t be over-stressed. Cheap paint is cheap paint. Go the extra mile and invest in the best.
· The surface to be painted can seriously affect a paint job. Before opening a can of paint, thoroughly sand, scrape and clean all surfaces. Take extra care during this work to give your paint the best chance for beauty and long life.
· In humid weather, double the dry time recommended on the paint can label before applying the second coat. Moisture beneath the first coat can cause it to peel as you apply coat #2.
· As with paint, buy the very best brushes and rollers. These top-of-the-line implements are designed to spread paint more uniformly and make your overall job easier.
· If you have any doubts about how well your paint will adhere, start with a coat of high-quality primer. Paint sticks better to a primed wall than a “bare” wall, and you’ll avoid a finished look with uneven sections and blotches.
A final tip that applies any time of year you’re doing an exterior paint job: Take your time. Don’t rush it. Keep focused on your work and put in the extra time to turn out a great finished product. Rushing through a paint job is one of the most common reasons for an unsatisfying end result.
If you’d like to bypass all the tips and techniques we’ve outlined here, Lakeland Painting of Lakeland, Fla., is ready to help with any size of exterior painting project this summer. We can’t “beat the heat,” but we know how to work with it to bring you a truly amazing result. Give us a call at (863) 670-1601 and tell us about your project.