Exterior Painting Amador County, CA: When Can You Paint Safely?

The last few months have been pretty cold and most exterior painting jobs have been on hold. 

Now that it’s slowly warming outside, you might be wondering if now is the right time to complete that exterior painting project that you’ve always postponed. 

Well, the months of April and May are fast approaching, and once again the same question comes back: on what date can we paint outside without worrying that the paint will freeze?

If you’re planning for an exterior home painting project in Amador County, CA, here are a few pointers on when it’s safe to paint outside.  

Do Not Paint At Temperatures Below 4 Degrees Celsius, Or When There Is Frost.

For most paints on the market that are designed for outdoor use, the paint begins to freeze and crack just below 4 degrees Celsius. 

So make sure your paint will have time to dry completely before the mercury drops below 4 degrees.

It is important to read the label on your gallon of paint too. Some products are less resistant to climate change.

Do Not Paint Directly In The Sun.

Do not paint during a heatwave, or when the temperature exceeds 30 degrees Celsius (depending on the type of paint)

Painting an aluminum roof, for example, directly under the summer sun will have unfortunate consequences.

The paint may bubble and flake, or crack in the days following its application.

So try as much as possible to paint in the shade, or start painting in the evening so that the paint dries overnight.

Generally, the maximum outside temperature at which paint can be applied without the risk of having to start all over again depends on the products.

The majority of water-based paints are applied up to around 30 degrees but the surface, if in the sun, will be much warmer than the air and that is why we avoid direct sunlight when we can.

To apply the stain, on wood or masonry, for example, the surface should be in the shade and warm to the touch.

Do Not Paint If Precipitation (Rain Or Hail) Is Forecasted. 

The simple rule of thumb is: the wetter the ambient air, the longer the paint will take to dry.

Thus, even if the rain does not fall directly on your surface to be painted, it will be necessary to ensure that nobody/nothing touches the fresh paint for a few additional hours.

The drying time indicated on the label does not take into account a high degree of humidity.

High humidity will ruin the finish. You will end up making so many touchups that it would be easier to redo the entire paint job. 

Pay particular attention to the temperature of the metal.

Metal will hold its temperature longer than any other surface. The problem is often that it is too cold, like in spring and fall, and it can affect the drying and adhesion of the sticky masking paper. And in the heatwave, of course, the paint will crack or bubble.

Need Help With That?

Repainting your home exterior can be extremely overwhelming especially if you don’t have the right tools, experience, and training.

Hiring a professional painting company in Amador County, CA is the best way to get high-quality and durable results.

If you haven’t identified a reliable painting contractor yet, Michael Hines Painting would love an opportunity to be your go-to interior painter in Amador County.

Call us at 209-256-4587 to book a FREE estimate, and let us help you paint your home because you have better ways to spend your weekend!

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