Summer is the time of year many homeowners think about making a few home improvements, and painting your house is often at the top of that list. However, it’s important to know a few important things about painting during the summer heat so that you get the most out of your investment. Here are some tips from a local painter in Chandler, AZ, about how to get better results from exterior summer painting.
Painting in hot weather is difficult not only because it can be extremely uncomfortable, but it can make the paint have difficulty adhering as well. When you paint in hot weather with direct sunlight, the walls will heat up, so when the paint is applied, it will create small bubbles. Most people can’t see these bubbles, but these bubbles can cause problems later on because moisture can penetrate the bubbles and cause large cracks and failing paint. When painting in the summer, it’s important to paint the different sides of the house when they’re shaded, which means the project may take more days than you originally anticipated.
Keeping the paint bucket cool prevents the paint from evaporating too quickly. When painting during the summer you can keep the bucket cool by using a painter’s bucket so that ice can be placed in the bucket before the liner. If you’re painting right from the can, you’ll need to keep the can in something with ice and water in the bottom to keep it cooler.
Painting during the summer means that you’ll need to take advantage of the cooler hours. That requires you to get up very early to beat the heat. Otherwise, you’ll feel rushed as you race the sun and the heat throughout the day. Many professionals use a spray and back rolling combination to help the job get done more quickly during the cooler part of the day. It’s best if you’re able to paint before the temperatures reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
You’ll need to pay attention to the weather forecast to aim for cooler days, but there are other weather factors to pay attention to as well. Wind can cause dirt and other debris to stick to the paint, while rain or excess humidity will make it difficult for the paint to dry and adhere properly.
Proper preparation is key for any exterior painting job, and the summer is no different. Make sure you or a professional prepare the exterior by power washing the entire surface. This will remove dirt, mold, and other debris. The preparation should also include a thorough inspection to make sure there aren’t any repairs needed before painting. Make sure windows, trim, and vegetation are properly covered so that you don’t have to spend any of your valuable, cool weather time covering up areas that shouldn’t be painted. Proper preparation ensures you can make the most of the optimal painting conditions.
Hot-weather painting can be very tricky and may result in poor results when done as a DIY job. It’s best to hire professionals when dealing with extreme conditions like the Arizona summer heat. A painting contractor in Chandler knows how to take advantage of the orientation and timing details to ensure you have a quality finished product. To get your exterior painting quote, contact Life in Color Painting Services today.
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