PAINTING INDOORS DURING SUMMER – THINGS TO CONSIDER
19th Aug 2021
Painting a house indoors during summer can be quite a tricky position since temperature plays a major role in how the paint job eventually turns out.
It’s believed 70 degrees Fahrenheit along with 50 percent humidity is the best weather condition to paint in. But since we are talking about indoor painting here, the actual weather conditions should not be much of a factor. That is unless we are experiencing a sudden heatwaves that in the UK, can get us all in a muddle! There are still quite a few things to look into when painting the inner walls of a house during summer, especially when the sun is beating down.
Choosing the right kind of interior paint is as important as the paint colour. The process is simple – use a paint that’s 100 percent acrylic. Acrylics tend to adhere better, withstand fading, conceal better, have enhanced stain resistance, and can be easily cleaned when dirty.
The summer heat can dry the paint quickly, which could result in an uneven finish and also unsightly speckling. If the paint dries quickly after application, subsequent layers of paint on the same spot may appear to overlap, which again is not pleasant-looking. Therefore, pick the paint type with care.
The paint’s ability to dry can be slowed down by adding water to the mix. However, the right quantity of water needs to be accurately estimated. Too much of water won’t help much, and too little water would delay the drying process which is not what you need. A paint additive can also help in this regard.
Paint the Shade
Do not paint a wall that has unhindered exposure to the sun. Look for wall portions that are under the shade since they won’t be too hot when applying paint. Heat has the ability to sear through paint coating, preventing strong penetration and coating bond. Generally, anything over 95 degrees Fahrenheit or 35 degrees Celsius is too warm to paint on. Therefore, do not paint when it’s too hot. To avoid the harsh sun as much as possible, try to paint early mornings and after around 4 pm in the day. Use the middle portion of the day for preparation work such as filling and painting.
Choosing a Colour
If you’ve been given the task of colour choice, go for something that’s natural and blends in with the house’s surroundings. In other words, gaze into nature and look for a colour that grabs your attention the most. Take note of that colour and take a picture to take along with you when shopping for paint.
Generally, shades of blue and green are preferred summer hue choices as they remind you of the sky, water, and foliage. Moreover, colour psychologists say these colours are relaxing in nature, which makes them ideal during summer.
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