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Why Painting in Sunlight Isn’t Advised

Why Painting in Sunlight Isn’t Advised

Keep reading to learn why painting in bright sunlight isn’t a good idea.

If you’re going to get a painting project done for your house, spring is one of the best seasons to do it. Spring provides some of the best weather conditions for these types of projects, making it easier to get your project finished successfully. One weather condition spring offers is sunlight, and while this weather condition sounds like it would be suitable for getting painting done, this is actually not the case. Keep reading to learn why painting in bright sunlight isn’t a good idea.

The Paint-Drying Process Happens Too Quickly

The temperatures start to climb during spring, and with bright sunlight, the weather only gets even warmer. This increase in temperature can be a detriment to your paint because it causes the paint to dry too soon. When paint dries too quickly, it can’t properly bond to the surface on which it was applied. This keeps it from developing a protective film.

Premature Peeling and Flaking

A good paint job should last you several years, but it won’t last nearly as long without sufficient adhesion. If you get painting done in bright sunlight, paint will begin flaking and peeling earlier than it should. This means you’ll have to spend more time and money on painting since you’ll have to repeat the process sooner than what should be necessary.

You’ll Have to Spend More Time Between Each Coat of Paint

Sunny weather will force you to wait before you apply the second coat of paint. If the second coat is applied too early, the paint might begin peeling off because of all of the moisture that has been gathering below.

Sunlight Warms Up Surfaces, Even When Air Temperature is Not as Hot

There are certain temperatures that are ideal for painting, ranging from 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Sunlight can mess with these numbers, however, because it causes surfaces to be much warmer than what the temperature of the air might be. Because of this, even if you check the weather and see that the temperatures should be fine, extra sunlight could still cause surfaces to be too warm.

What You Can Do to Combat Sunny Weather

Try to get painting done in the evening or in the early hours of the morning. This way, the sun won’t be at its peak for the day. If you have to paint while it’s bright and sunny outside, see if you can get a covering to protect whatever surfaces you’re painting. This keeps the surfaces cooler even while the sun is shining brightly.

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