Exterior Home Painting & Weather
When to Paint? Watch the Weather!
Did you know that weather conditions can affect how well your paint holds up? It can make a huge difference! The worst conditions are extremes of hot and cold.
Paint needs to mechanically and chemically bond to the surface it is covering. It can only do this well if the solvent (water or mineral spirits) in the paint evaporates at a slow or medium pace.
If you paint with water based paints in brilliant sunshine on a hot, windy day, the water can evaporate too quickly from the paint. I have actually seen blisters form on a freshly painted surface. The paint skinned over before the water below could get out! It was a mess.
Plan your painting for cooler weather. Paint areas AFTER the sun has hit it. Western exposures need to be painted on overcast days.
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