Painting In Colder Winter

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Winter isn’t the most popular time for renovations. People don’t want to knock out walls or perform any actions that let in the cold. But house painting is a semi-exception to this, at least for indoor painting.

It is possible to get discounts during the off season, meaning painting in the winter might be noticeably cheaper. This is especially good if you have further renovation plans for summer. Have the room painted during winter, at a reduced cost, so it is ready for you summer DIY work. You can build us some cash in the intervening time.

Humidity is always a factor when painting. Whether the paint is acrylic, water or oil-based the humidity will slow the drying process down. We can make the mistake of thinking that the summer is dryer, but summers are just as likely to be humid. And painting in a humid summer means strong paint odours and perspiration. Winter, even if it is a little humid, does not seem nearly as bad for this. The smell of paint does not seem as strong, though we still recommend properly airing out all rooms.

Humidity also tends to cause moisture on walls, which is a huge issue when painting. If the air is dry there will be considerably less moisture, and far fewer problems with paint not adhering to the walls. Use of artificial heating often reduces the humidity, and we are probably already heating the house during winter. Use this to you advantage and heat/dry out a room for a few days before painting. Air it out when done, and the results can be very impressive.

Of course the defining issue with winter is the cold. This will slow down the time taken for paint to dry. The solution here is to use heating and to leave adequate drying time between coats. The cold will also cause some paints to clump together, especially if water based paints are used in temperatures near freezing point. It helps to store paint indoors and keep it warm. It also helps to heat the room so the surface of the walls are not too cold.

Paints can become thicker in cold conditions. Thinning the paint out, meaning paint thinner for oil –based paint and Floetrol for latex paint, will make the painting task easier and give a far more even coating on the walls.

If nothing else winter is a good time for planning renovations and changes. This might be misunderstood by some as procrastination, but planning makes for a better outcome. Taking your time over decisions means you think of more options; we tend to ponder things in the back of our mind. Use winter to plan some home changes, and perhaps get some basic indoor painting, flooring and woodwork done.

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