I hope we have seen the last of the really bad weather and a bit of sunshine is hinting that Spring is well and truly on its way. No doubt thoughts of Spring cleaning are uppermost in your minds but it is also an excellent time to think about having the exterior of your home painted.
Spring tends to be the month when temperatures are at their mildest, neither too hot nor too cold. This is good news for external painting.
Although the maximum and minimum temperatures for exterior paint vary from brand to brand, a good rule of thumb is that oil-based paint should be applied when the temperatures are between 40° to 90°F and for latex paint between 50° and 85°F.
The best drying will take place when the relative humidity is 40% to 70%.
If the temperature is too high or too low, it can mean the paint not binding together efficiently and result in it cracking or peeling. At too high a temperature latex paint can become difficult to apply as it dries out too quickly to brush out properly.
When painting externally, I always try and work my way around the building. This means I am able to avoid painting in direct sunlight.
If you are undertaking exterior painting then I wish you well. Make the most of the good weather while it lasts.
If you would like a professional to do the job for you, however, feel free to give me a call on 01452 540067.