How Does Winter Weather Affect Painting?

tips for painting in cold weather to get an even paint jobIf you have painting tasks that need to be completed, it’s usually a good idea to get those projects done before the winter rolls in. However, sometimes other priorities get in the way and we can’t help but find ourselves painting in the middle of winter. If you find yourself in this situation, or about to begin a painting project in weather below 60 degrees, the facts and tips below might help. Here is some information about what happens to paint in lower temperatures as well as some tips on getting the best result in a less-than-desireable environment.

What Can Go Wrong When Painting in Cold Weather?

  • Weather might affect color causing an uneven color appearance
  • Drying will take longer, and a thick top film might form
  • Latex paint needs to be checked for freezing/thawing cycles, so you can see if it has gone lumpy
  • Because of the potential for lumps and alterations inconsistency, the paint will require more mixing time.
  • Latex paint may become thicker in colder weather than it would be in warm weather. This can also cause it to be harder to get an even coat.
  • When doing touch ups after painting in cold weather, oftentimes the touch up looks lighter than the original, base coat.

Tips for Painting in Cold Weather

  • Check the manufacturer instructions on your paint to be sure your paint can be used in the specific weather.
  • Use a high-quality primer before applying paint so the paint has an increased chance of producing an even coat.
  • Never apply an oil-based paint below 40 degrees
  • Paint when there is plenty of light in the area, which is typically around 10am til 2pm.
  • Remember to check the temperature of the surface you’re painting, instead of just checking the air temperature.
  • If painting inside, use your heat, as it can help increase the temperature of the area you’re painting.

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