Dos and Don'ts of winter painting

Painting the walls in your home is a great way to breathe new life into the room or to change the atmosphere in your house. The color and hue of the paint affect both the appearance and the mood of an area. That means choosing light colors to give a room an airy feel or darker colors to create a cozy area for relaxing. While you can paint your home any time of the year, there are some challenges you must overcome when you choose to paint your walls in the winter.

Temperature

You’ve probably heard that temperatures should be above 50 or 60 degrees for painting. You may have even rationalized that as long as your thermostat is set to a comfortable temperature your home is warm enough for painting. Under normal circumstances,  this is true.  However, there are times when you may still have a problem.

  • Outside Walls: When the temperature drops outside, walls adjacent to the outside may be colder than you think. Just because the interior of the room is a cozy 68 degrees doesn’t mean outside walls are toasty warm, too. Check the temperature of your outside walls before you decide to call in the painters. Those on the northern side of the home or facing the prevailing winds in your region may be considerably cooler than the room temperature.
  • Unheated Rooms: The walls in unheated rooms take a while to warm up. If you choose to paint an unheated room, make sure to turn up the thermostat at least 36 hours before the painters arrive. Otherwise, the interior of the room may feel comfortable to you, but the walls may still be too cold for painting.
  • Turn up the Heat: Rooms in the living area of your home will benefit from turning up the heat a few degrees as it will speed the drying of paint. Set your thermostat to 72 degrees for at least 24 hours before the painters arrive. This will help heat up outside walls, too.

Space heater to dry paint faster

Humidity

Relative humidity is a measure of the amount of moisture in the air. While humidity levels in the winter aren’t typically an issue, if stormy weather arrives, you may have problems with humidity. If the humidity level is too high, paint will not dry properly. As a rule, humidity levels above 70 percent will interfere with drying of the paint. If the humidity level in your home is too high, there are several things you can do to lower it so you can paint:

  • Add a supplemental heat source such as a space heater to the area to supply additional heat and dry the air
  • Place a fan in the doorway of the room to draw out moist air
  • Keep the area dry. Watch out for wet winter boots or mittens and socks that have gotten soaked from winter play
  • Monitor the humidity level in the room
  • Always run the exhaust fan when cooking and when taking a shower to whisk humid air out of the home.

Contact us

If you are interested in having the interior of your home painted this winter, call The Painting Company of Atlanta today. We can advise you of any other things you should do before we arrive.  We are currently offering savings of 20 percent on all jobs over $2, 000.