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What Is the Best Season to Paint?

A paint job is one of the most cost-effective home renovation projects that can deliver dramatic transformations. But that does not mean you can hire a painter in the dead of winter and hope everything will be okay. It’s important to get the timing, color combinations, and implementation right. So, start by getting your dose of inspiration from these paint ideas for a small bathroom, and we’ll show you how to handle the timing.

When Painting the House Exterior

Most people will agree that summer is the best time to paint exteriors. But results may vary depending on how hot the temperatures are during and after the job. However, the idea is to get the job done in warm weather as the paint tends to bond better with dry surfaces. 

If it’s too cold, the curing process slows down, and you end up with a really bad peel. That happens because the paint will not bond well with the wall, especially if there’s moisture involved. Factor in the contractor’s fee and wasted material costs, and you’ll see why painting on wet surfaces is a bad idea.

Humidity is also another big problem with exterior paint jobs. It might delay the curing process, even if the conditions are warm outside. But that does not necessarily result in peeling. It just means you’ll have to allow more time for the paint to dry, which translates to added costs.

Ideally, you want to avoid extreme weather. We have seen paint crack when it’s too hot and have to wait half a day to lay a second coat. So you’re better off painting in spring and fall when the temperatures are stable.

When Painting the Interior

Interior painting is less complicated compared to exterior jobs. This is because there are fewer variables at play, which means you’re good to go all year round. However, the paint may take a longer time to dry, form wrinkles, or streak in extremely humid conditions. But, leaving the dehumidifier on for a few hours before the job should do the trick.

It’s also worth noting that interior paint takes more time to cure compared to exterior paint. And it’s easy to see why - the outside of the house gets a mix of wind and direct sunlight while the inside has limited access to these drying agents. That means the paint might look dry on the surface, but it will not have a strong bond with the surface yet. So, moving heavy furniture too soon might result in scraped paint or worse.

Ideally, stay away from DIY jobs if you’re not too familiar with painting. You might end up spending more time and money than the guy who decides to hire professional painters. And, the quality of finish between these two options will be night and day. A professional painter will know when to spray, use a brush or roll the paint and also know which paints to use for specific applications.