Winter Interior Painting Tips
by Stan Morris Making your business shine
When the temperatures are low, you will most likely find yourself spending more time indoors. What better time to dream up home improvement projects that while you’re relaxing in your living room, cozy by the fire? If the sky is gray and dismal, why not bring warmth and light into your home with interior painting? There are countless design options.
Too Cold to Paint Outdoors
Now, down to the nitty-gritty: logistics. Worried it’s too cold for a painting project? That may be the case for adding a fresh coat outdoors. The temperature range for paint is 50 degrees F / 10 degrees C to 95 degrees F / 35 degrees C, with the middle of those being ideal for paint setting. That’s why weather plays such a factor for giving the exterior of your home a facelift. When the temperature drops below 55 degrees F 12.778 degrees Celsius (C), it slows down the process of the paint curing. If this happens, paint takes longer to dry, and insects, dirt, grime and other debris may get stuck on your surface. In addition, a surface that has improperly cured has a higher risk of cracking, peeling and chipping, and a reduction of the overall life expectancy of the paint. (CLICK HERE to learn more about ideal temperatures for painting.)
4 Reasons Winter Is Perfect for Interior Painting
While the weather outside is frightful, the conditions inside during winter lend themselves perfectly for interior painting work. Here are 4 big reasons why:
- Temperature Perfection: Most people keep their home between 65 degrees F / 18.33 C and 80 degrees F / 26.66 C in the winter. The ideal temperate for the paint to cure is in the 70s F / 20s C - right in the middle of where most people keep their HVAC thermometer.
- Needing to open windows is a myth: When painting a home’s interior, many people believe windows need to be open to remove toxins and odor, and keeping windows open during a snowy winter is not feasible. The truth is that low-VOC, latex paint is less toxic and has less odor, so windows can remain shut. Outdated oil-based paint – high in VOCs – should be avoided year-round because of their toxicity.
- Winter paint dries faster: After the job is complete, homeowners don’t want to “watch paint dry” and wait to move furniture back in order. Because air is drier in the winter, paint dries faster.
- Winter painting scheduling is quicker and easier to coordinate: As we mentioned, some outdoor painting will be impossible due to low temps. In addition, many homeowners falsely believe all painting needs to be completed in warmer seasons. This means that professional painters, like our Urban Fresh Services, have lower demand during this season, and a more flexible schedule for your project. A homeowner can typically schedule a job time sooner than during other seasons. As always summer is on its way and exterior painting will need to be done.
Created on Feb 25th 2019 10:32. Viewed 135 times.