DON’T PAINT OUTSIDE IN THE FALL

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Don’t Paint Outside During Fall

Although this website is http://www.interiorhousepaintingblog.com I feel compelled to warn against painting the exterior of a house or other structure in the fall. You might say “Why not? The weather is great for working outside, not hot and humid. It’s a great time to paint outside.” Although it is comfortable for the painter, it is not comfortable for the paint. A lot of exterior painting is done in the fall, and this is a bad mistake.

In my successful house painting business that I started in June 1970, I would not schedule any outside painting job after October 1. Some of my customers did not like this, and they hired another painter. I took quite a few years, but my customers soon found out that I was prudent in my decision not to paint outside after October 1.

Within a year or two, structures painted in the fall started to show signs of paint failure. There was cracking, peeling and flaking off of paint, and the paint job needed repair or repainting within a year or two. There is a scientific reason for this failure.

The scientific reason is in the drying and bonding of paint. Two things happen during this process. The vehicle (either latex or oil) dries up as the paint dries. The second thing that happens is that there is a chemical reaction within the paint. Both of these processes have to happen in a relatively warm environment. Paint cans will warn you not to apply paint when the temperature is below 50 or 55 degrees. Many fall days, it may be 70 in the daytime, but go down as low as 28 overnight. The fresh paint is still going through the chemical reaction necessary for proper adherence of the paint. This cannot occur in the lower temperatures, thus the paint does not adhere to the surface and peels off within a year or two.

There are some other reasons not to paint outside. Certain types of windows need putty (glazing compound.) Putty takes a very long time to dry, especially because a large amount of putty has to be used, making it thick. Putty also needs warmer temperatures to dry and cure properly, otherwise it will crack and have to be removed and replaced. For a good, tight paint job, you will also need to use a lot of latex caulk. Caulk also needs warmer temperatures to dry and cure. Primers need some warmth to dry.

By the way, fall is a perfect time for inside painting. Look for my upcoming article on this.

It really is simple when you understand the process. DON’T PAINT OUTSIDE IN THE FALL!


31 Responses to “DON’T PAINT OUTSIDE IN THE FALL”

  1. Painting Contractors in Perth Says:

    Painting is a responsible job and whether it be interior, exterior, house or commercial painting, hiring a professional should be preferred.

  2. rta cabinets Says:

    good advices! I’ll spread the word around

  3. Painting Guy Says:

    In Florida painting is really hard in the rainy season. Try to pick a time of year that makes for ideal painting circumstances. But obviously interior painting can be done at any time?

  4. Cape Coral Painter Says:

    In Florida painting is really hard in the rainy season. Try to pick a time of year that makes for ideal painting circumstances. But obviously interior painting can be done at any time?

  5. Jensen Mott Says:

    I had no idea that painting in the fall was a bad idea. Thanks for sharing this information. We might hire someone for residential painting in Omaha, NE, but we will be sure to wait until spring.

  6. Interior House Painting Contractor Says:

    A painting expert realizes their customers desire to know whether there’s an issue of wetness or breathing issues, or whether there’s an improved option that’ll enhance the appearance of the residence.

  7. james@custom homes in midlothian Says:

    It is always harder to paint outside in rainy season. Summer is a perfect time to do the same.

  8. Booker DeWitt Says:

    I am looking for house painting services Cypress, TX. Does anyone know of a reputable one?

  9. gillian Says:

    Hello! According to this article there are some other reasons not to paint outside of the house. There was cracking, peeling and flaking off of paint, and the paint job needed repair or repainting within a year or two. There is a scientific reason for failure to paint out side of the house but i think house seem much old if we do this? May be there are some reasons and tips how can we paint outside.

  10. Booker DeWitt Says:

    I am looking for help with some interior painting in Omaha, NE. Does anyone know of skilled painter that can help me?

  11. Grant Says:

    Most of todays paints are rated to go down to 35 at night. I like to stay above 40 for lows and stop painting before the high temp starts to drop. With those two safeties its totally fine to paint.

  12. Bay Country Painters Says:

    Good point about painting in the cooler temps, but a lot of professional painting companies will know how to get around this. Thanks for this post!

  13. Booker DeWitt Says:

    I am looking for exterior painters in Colorado. Does anyone know of who I should speak to about this?

  14. AdmsWilliams Says:

    painting is really creative job.
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  15. paintfly Says:

    I’ve put the freeze finish on a many of times

  16. Red Hill house painters Says:

    Thank you for the wonderful and useful tips that you shared :)

  17. Commercial Exterior Painting Says:

    I admire your blog and also satisfied with you that exterior painting should not be done after October month as it require warm temperature to dry. so it should be done before October month.

  18. custom bathrooms fort lauderdale Says:

    Not only in exterior, it’s not recommended to paint in interior either during fall.

  19. qpams Says:

    There is always a tug of war between DIY or hire a commercial painter. There is a simple answer to this ever confusing dilemma, if you have time and finesse, then save your money by opting for DIY painting. Else commercial painter is more economical!

  20. Painting Tips Says:

    Great post! Been reading a lot of tips on painting outside. Thanks for the info!

  21. house painting bay area Says:

    I agree to this. May I know what is the cause bubbles showing up in dried painted wall, cause I often encountered this whenever I paint. Thank you.

  22. Jonna Lee Says:

    I understand, I will take note this. I suggest gloss paint so whenever there is dusts will stick in your wall at least it can be erased with wet towel. nways thanks for sharing your experience.

  23. Eric Thomas Says:

    Thank you for sharing your ideas and thoughts. I really appreciate it!

  24. kendro lee Says:

    I’ve learned from you today.! Thanks for the share..

  25. Roni Says:

    good advices.Good point about painting

  26. Gary B. Crivello Says:

    Very Nice Blog….And Good Skills
    Awesome…

  27. Kirkwood Says:

    Very Nice Blog…
    Thanks For Sharing Information…

  28. David Nicoll Says:

    Highly appreciate your ideas and i got some more ideas from the below article so if you want to know more then you can go through
    http://www.joycepainting.com.au/BlogPostDetails/12/10-ways-you-can-protect-your-exterior-paintwork-and-transform-your-home

  29. nitin Says:

    Thank you for sharing your ideas and thoughts.
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  30. PPMS Says:

    I never ever read such type of info before this was really incredible.

  31. Interior Home Painting Contractors Says:

    Thanks for this advice. I agree with your advice. i am planning to paint my house in these days. Can you please tell me about the best interior home painting contractors?

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