It’s going to be another hot one today! As a place that doesn’t regularly have summers with temperatures over 90 for very many consecutive days, we don’t often need to worry much about painting in hot weather. But this year has brought more of those days than in recent years.
As usual, we receive a lot of inquiries about the subject when temperatures reach the upper 90’s and into triple digits. One such question might be something like “Can it be too hot to paint?”.
The answer is a definitive yes, it can. Being that we are only half way through August, and we typically get hot weather well into September, and for those of you with painting your exterior still on your summer list of “to-do’s”, here are a few tips for you for painting in high temperature weather.
When air and/or surface temperature exceed 90 degrees, the application and drying characteristics of paint can be compromised. The warmer it gets, the more you risk having problems. Most paints will adhere and cure even when applied over very warm surfaces, but you may have trouble with lap marks, brush strokes that don’t go away, and sometimes bubbling as the water (or solvent) evaporates too quickly.
In hot weather it is best to paint early in the day when temps are lower. Stop painting if you start to notice application problems or if the surface you are painting is in direct sunlight during the heat of the day. Experienced painters will start on surfaces that are shaded early in the day and work into the shade as the sun goes overhead. Pay attention to the surface temps as well. Metal surfaces that have been in full sun will hear up a lot faster that masonry or wood. Dark colors absorb heat and will raise surface temperatures as well. These surfaces also stay warm much longer as well.
Basically, you simply don’t want the paint to dry too fast. It can be a recipe for disaster. So remember that while you can paint in the heat, there are a few guidelines for you to adhere, to ensure your paint will too.
Introducing Climasan by StoCoat. Climasan is an interior paint that will neutralize odors in the air. It uses VLC* (*Visible Light Catalytic) technology. So as long as the paint is exposed to light, daylight or artificial, it will remain active continuously degrading organic compounds and pollutants in the air.
- VOC is less than 5 grams per liter
- High quality washable interior flat, so dirt and surface stains clean off
- Easy to apply by brush, roller, or spraying
- Use on both walls and ceilings
- For use of plaster, drywall, brick and CMU (concrete/masonry block)
Climasan… soon to be found at select Miller Paint locations.
We’re helping out an exciting art project in Portland! From their website:
Forest for the Trees is a not-for-profit public mural project in Portland, Oregon. The mural project promotes public visual expression; collaboration; and community engagement with contemporary art and the creative process. In August 2013, FFTT united seventeen artists from around the world to paint ten Portland murals.
This August, twenty local and international artists will come together for a week in Portland to paint more than a dozen pieces on public walls. FFTT aims to bring opportunity for local and visiting artists, and to share their gifts on a large public scale in Portland—a city already known as a creative hub and home to many talented artists.
Looking forward to seeing what will come of this project. If you look back on previous projects you’ll see the results can be fantastic!
To follow the progress and results, go to: www.forestforthetreesnw.com