Professional Tips for Cold Weather Exterior Painting
Getting your house painted used to be an activity that happened during the warmer months. Exterior painting has changed over the years though, thanks to technological advances in the type of paint that can be used.
With traditional paint, whether you are using an alkyd or oil-based paint, you will have issues when temperatures get low or drop below zero. This is because the oils and the resins react differently and become viscous. Furthermore, when temperatures drop, some paints start to become too thick or even reach a semi-solid state. This means that paint needs to be thinned, which is not ideal. Latex paints, unlike oil and alkyd paints, will actually freeze up completely and need additives to allow you to paint with them in low temperatures.
Another thing you have to take into consideration when it is winter is that your recoat time will jump. This is because cold weather slows down drying time. Instead of taking four hours for the paint to dry at 23 degrees Celcius, it will take six hours to dry between coats at 10 degrees Celsius. Sometimes though, if you use alkyd paint, then you will need to wait upwards of two days before doing a second coat of paint.
If you use paint like these three types, which are not specially formulated for cold weather applications, then you can end up with poor touch-ups, colour uniformity issues, inadequate stain resistance properties, and film cracking.
How Do You Avoid These Problems If Your Home Needs To Be Repainted In Colder Weather?
What you need to do is invest in cold weather paints and primers. Some paints now can be applied at temperatures as low as -35 degrees Celsius. These paints are mainly used in situations where painting in the summer, or warmer weather, is just not an option. Applications such as cold storage facilities, pulp and paper plants, bridges and offshore environments, chemical handling facilities, and other food and industrial plants cannot turn up the heat just so that a coat of paint can be applied. Low-temperature paints are the perfect solution.
The great thing about low-temperature paints is that they can also be used in a residential setting. While there is no real reason to be painting the outside of your home in the dead of winter, you can perform touch-ups. The painting season is also greatly extended, and painting can be done in the more comfortable and cool weather of autumn rather than during the scorching heat of the summer.
While you can definitely paint your home’s exterior yourself, finding a painting contractor to perform painting services for you is probably your best bet, especially for cold weather applications. They have the experience and expertise to do a great job and get your home looking brand new no matter the weather outside.
The team at Pro Crew Painting wants to be the painting contractor of your dreams. Contact us today, and we will be happy to paint the exterior of your home as well as provide many other exterior home services.
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