While fresh paint can greatly improve the appearance of any building, there are many seasonal effects that can affect how paint looks. The temperature fluctuation and high amount of precipitation that typically occur in the spring can significantly impact both fresh and older paint.
Since temperature often fluctuates significantly from day to day in the spring, it is important to take the effects of temperature into consideration when deciding when to complete exterior painting projects. Heat can affect the amount of time it takes fresh paint to dry, especially on sunny or humid days. Temperature changes can also cause paint to expand and contract, which can be a major cause of peeling, particularly on wood surfaces.
Painting on wet surfaces is inefficient because the moisture becomes trapped under the paint, which will prevent the paint from adhering to the surface properly. This moisture can make it easy for fresh paint to peel away from the surface quickly. Snow, rain, humidity, and wind can also damage finished paint by finding its way behind any paint that is not properly sealed, which can turn small imperfections into significant peeling.
Fortunately, there are many products available that can help to minimize the seasonal effects on paint. Primers can be especially helpful on wood or other porous surfaces because they make for a more even surface, which allows the paint to adhere to the surface more successfully. Special paints and primers, such as those made with acrylic resins, are more flexible than other types of paint, which allow them to withstand the effects of expanding and contracting better than other paints. Paint sealer can also be used to provide a barrier between the paint and the elements.
At Major Painting Company, we care about helping our clients achieve their desired look no matter the time of year. To learn more about how we can help you keep your commercial or residential paint job looking its best throughout the seasons, contact us today!