Tips for Painting in the Summer Heat

 Experienced painters know that painting in the summer heat is very challenging; paint tends to act funny because the heat makes the paint to lose water. As soon as the paint is added to the bucket, the paint starts to evaporate. Normally, the water in the paint should evaporate, but not until the paint has been applied to the surface. But when too much water evaporates due to the hot weather, the paint also will dry too quickly.

 To achieve the best results painting in the summer heat, there is a need to regulate or control the rate at which the paint loses water or treat the paint. Here are some of the ways you can handle home painting in the summer and still have the best results.

1. Reconstitute the Paint
Having known the effect of the summer heat on the paint (loss of water), the first thing you need to do is reconstitute the paint by adding more water to make up for the evaporated water in the paint to ensure accurate consistency.

However, you should avoid reconstituting the same bucket of paint many times to avoid over thinning of the paint, the condition whereby water becomes the major composition of the paint. Rather, use a different bucket and dilute the paint in small batches at not more than 5% of water to each batch.

2. Painting Orientation
One major mistake you can make when painting in the summer heat is to allow direct sunlight to affect the drying time of your paint. If you have exterior painting to do in the summer heat, you need to create a plan or schedule according based on the direction of the sun throughout the day.

You should start the painting process as early as possible from the sides that the sun does not usually affect especially in the morning and move to other areas of the building while everything is still cool. It is noteworthy to state that painting according to the orientation of the structure is not fool proof. Track the temperature in real time; do not rely entirely on the weather forecast, as soon as the temperature starts to increase, the paint also begins to evaporate faster.

3. Painting Tips for the Hot Weather
Home painting in the summer heat can become so frustrating; but the tips below will help you.

a. Avoid painting under direct sunlight.
b. Regulate the amount of water you add to the paint.
c. Cover your paint bucket when not in use.
Painting in the summer heat can be challenging, but by following the above tips, it will be hassle-free and of high quality.



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