With the temperatures getting much lower, attempting certain yard projects gets more complicated. One of these yard projects that you might be tackling is the painting of your house. If you don’t take the right precautions, an exterior painting job could go wrong, causing the procedure to waste time and money. There are some measures that you are able to take to ensure exterior painting gets done without problems, though.
Priming should always be done before you do any exterior painting projects. While there are plenty of paints that have priming built into them, that’s not the case for all of them. Therefore, you should confirm what type of paint you have ahead of time and use an effective bonding primer before you do any kind of painting, assuming your paint doesn’t have a primer built into it already.
Keep an Eye on the Substrate
Understanding your substrate’s moisture content is important. When the surface on which you want to paint has too much moisture on it, it can be more difficult for paint to stick to the surface. You’ll also want to check the temperature of the surface you’re painting. While the air outside could be 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s possible that the temperature of the surface hasn’t reached that same temperature yet. The surface being painted has to reach this temperature before it’s acceptable to start painting. There are some paints that can be used at lower temperatures, such as 35 degrees Fahrenheit, but you should confirm that they will be fine at that temperature before you begin painting.
Do Exterior Painting in the Middle of the Day
Preparation is best done early in the morning and during the late afternoon. Exterior painting should be done in the middle of the day because the surface will have had more time to warm up in the morning, and the paint will have the time it needs to cure before the evening hours when the temperatures start to drop.
Always Make Sure to Factor in the Wind
Temperature isn’t the only outdoor factor to monitor; you also have to keep track of the wind. The wind’s speed and direction can influence the temperature of the substrate that you’re going to be painting.
When you’re trying to get exterior painting done in colder temperatures like we’re experiencing now, keep track of the wind direction and how much force it has because the temperature of your substrate could be impacted.
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