If your house is ready for a new coat of paint this fall, paying close attention to the weather can help you get the most out of your investment. Cool temperatures, strong wind, and other elements of typical fall weather can keep your paint from curing properly, looking its best, and lasting as long as possible. Here are some of the most important things to consider when planning your fall exterior painting project!
Cooler weather and fewer hours of daylight mean that your ideal window to paint is relatively small. You should plan to paint between approximately 10am and 3pm during the fall months and paying close attention to the forecast can help you choose the best time to work within this range. By beginning on the sunny side of your house in the morning and progressing with the sun throughout the day, you can shorten your drying time and make the most of the hours you have to paint each day.
Dew points can affect how well your paint adheres to the surface of your house and whether it is able to dry properly, which can have an impact on how long your paint job will last and the appearance of your finished product. In the fall, you should only paint when the surface temperature of your house is at least five degrees higher than the dew point to minimize the impact that moisture has on your work.
High wind speeds can also make painting more challenging, particularly during the autumn season. Avoid painting on extremely windy days as much as possible.
Cooler temperatures mean that you should generally plan to wait at least 24 hours before applying your second coat of paint during autumn. Although painting in the summer does not always require a waiting period of this length, temperatures below approximately 50 degrees can have a significant effect on the amount of time it takes each coat to fully cure.
At Major Painting, our professional painters are here to help you keep your home’s exterior paint looking its best at any time of the year. To learn more about our residential painting services, or for more seasonal painting tips, contact us today!