What Season is Best for Your Next Paint Project?
We all know that one of the best ways to instantly improve your home is to give it a fresh coat of paint. Painting your home’s exterior increases its curb appeal, boosts its re-sell value, and costs much less than a complete remodel. What many homeowners may not know is that the seasons and weather can have a big impact on the results of your next paint project. As experts in electrostatic spray painting and residential painting, we wanted to let you know that there are four factors to consider when deciding on the right season to paint your house.
The maximum and minimum recommended temperatures for exterior paint vary depending on the type (oil or latex) and specific brand of paint used. A general rule of thumb is that oil-based paint can be applied when the temperatures are between 40 degrees and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and latex paint can be applied when the temperatures are between 50 degrees and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. In many areas of the country, that means Fall or Spring is the ideal time to paint. However, early Summer may also be an option for those who are located in northern states.
Starting your next paint project when temperatures are too high or too low can prevent the paint from binding together properly, which can lead to cracking and peeling. Latex can also be difficult to apply at high temperatures because it will dry too quickly, which will result in an uneven finish.
And remember, when you’re painting outside, work your way around the house so you are always painting in the shade if possible. That will help ensure your painting surface isn’t too hot.
- Temperature Fluctuations
Aside from the average daily temperature, you should also keep temperature fluctuations that may occur throughout the day in mind. For example, consider early Spring when you may see temperatures of 70 degrees during the day and then see those temperatures drop 30 degrees or more as the sun goes down. These drastic changes in temperature can cause the paint to expand and contract, which will inevitably lead to cracks and peeling.
Late Summer and early Fall are good times to start painting your house, since the difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures is typically 10 to 20 degrees, which is a variation that most paints can easily withstand.
- Moisture and Humidity
Moisture and humidity are also big considerations. Paint should only be applied to dry surfaces. Never start painting when it’s threatening to rain, actually raining, or just stopped raining. And be sure to paint when the humidity is low (between 40% and 70%) because the paint will dry faster. This is important because longer dry times allow more dust, pollen, and debris to adhere to the paint and may diminish the overall finish. Generally speaking this means avoiding painting during the dog days of Summer, and those weeks of Spring that tend to have a lot of rain (usually April).
Finally, you need to consider how wind can affect an exterior paint job. The wind can actually cause your paint to dry too quickly. If the paint dries too quickly the integrity of the paint can be compromised and cause premature cracks later on. Wind can also kick up sediment and dirt that will get trapped in the wet paint. Avoid painting in late Winter or early Spring when winds are strong.
There’s a Reason to Consider Season
If painting your home’s exterior is the next paint project on your “to-do” list, then definitely take the season and weather into consideration before you start. Late Spring and early Fall typically provide weeks of perfect weather for painting in the New York tri-state area. But, be sure to think about local weather patterns as well to ensure conditions are absolutely ideal.
If you’ve got a painting project that requires a professional touch, then contact Spray Finishes, a division of Stone Services. They’ve been in the electrostatic spray painting business since 1938. They specialize in painting residential and commercial properties and have a 10,000 square foot shop for large off-site jobs. Contact Spray Finishes today for estimate on your next painting project.