Why Exterior Painting Should Be First on Your Spring To-Do List

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE) – As the spring weather changes from messy to mild, every homeowner’s attention turns to the outdoors. It’s time to clean things up, take care of the garden, and make any necessary repairs to both the house and the surrounding area. Where to start Assuming your exterior paint is failing, experts say this is what you should focus on first.

Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute, says there are many good reasons to start the springtime outdoor painting work:

“First, spring is a very pleasant time to paint outdoors. Second, it is wise to paint before laying down mulch, which along with your plants will only be trampled when you paint later. Third, why not paint before more enjoyable distractions like gardening, exercising, and barbecuing begin? ”

Zimmer says if your house paint is near the end of its life expectancy, take a chance by postponing the repaint. It doesn’t take long for exposed wood to start rot, and other types of exteriors suffer as well when the paint wears off. Wait too long and you may need to do repairs before you start painting.

Another reason to get to your picture first: latex exterior paints are the most durable and protective surface in mild weather. “It’s always best to paint outside when the temperature is above 50 ° F but not too hot,” says Zimmer. “Very hot days can cause the paint to dry too quickly and impair the formation of a good paint film. If you paint in moderate weather you will likely get a longer lasting paint job. ”

If a day starts off mildly but gets very hot, avoid painting in direct sunlight, as sunlit surfaces can be 10 to 20 degrees hotter than the air temperature. Work your way around the house so that you always paint in the shade. As a bonus, you’ll feel more comfortable!

When painting, choose a day that is not too windy. Like the heat of the sun, wind can cause latex paint to dry too quickly and prevent optimal paint film formation. Also, wind can stir up dust and other contaminants that can be embedded in the paint to create a welcoming surface for powdery mildew that feed on such materials.

You should also try to avoid “weather events” that could affect the paint, wait for another day if it has rained in the last 24 hours, or postpone the job if several rainy days are expected immediately after painting .

Of course, it is important to properly prepare the surface before doing any exterior paintwork. This includes applying a primer to any new surface that has never been painted, or priming previously painted surfaces where the paint has worn off.

To extend the life of your paintwork, Zimmer recommends that you apply the highest quality 100% acrylic latex paint, which is particularly durable, flexible and colorfast. High quality paints often last 10 years or more compared to about four years for regular paints, saving you time, labor, and money in the long run. For the most durable paint job, always apply at least two coats – either a primer and a coat of paint or two coats of house paint.

Once you finish painting the exterior, it’s time to focus your attention on the other things on your to-do list. Plus, you can rest assured that you did the right thing with your largest investment – your home.

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About the Paint Quality Institute (SM)

The Paint Quality Institute (SM) was founded in 1989 by the Rohm and Haas Company (now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”)) to educate people about the benefits of using high quality indoor and outdoor paints and coatings. The aim of the Paint Quality Institute is to provide information about the merits of quality paint, as well as color trends and decorating with paint, in a variety of vehicles, including television appearances, newspaper and magazine articles, and educational literature. Please be sure to visit the Paint Quality Institute at www.paintquality.com.

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