How To Paint In Summer

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When it’s hot and windy, paint starts to lose water to evaporation as soon as you pour it into the applicator’s bucket. It’s OK to reconstitute the paint with as much as 10 percent water (and if you’re spraying, you may need to). But thin in batches—don’t thin the same bucket all day or you’ll end up with more water than paint. After each break or after lunch is a good time to thin another batch.

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Direct sunlight heats up the substrate and causes paint to dry quickly—maybe too quickly. Work on the south side early in the morning, get the west side done before the sun reaches it, and work on the east side in late afternoon when it’s had a chance to cool off, or early in the morning.

Place some ice cubes in the painter’s bucket before inserting the liner and filling with paint. The ice-water jacket around the liner will keep the paint can cool while it’s hanging off the ladder in the sun, extending the paint’s working life in the can and allowing crucial extra minutes for the coating to dry at its ideal rate.

Hot, windy weather is paint’s enemy. Heat and low humidity accelerate evaporation—and when paint dries too fast, the binders and pigments can’t coalesce and interlock as well, and the protective paint film may not be as durable or flexible. Ideal application temperatures range from 50 F to 80-plus F, but when temps climb to 90 F and above, paint suffers.

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How To Paint In Winter

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If you’re in a summer rainfall area, winter is the best time to paint your home. On the one hand, you don’t have to worry about moisture; on the other hand (and this applies to winter rainfall areas too), South Africa’s blazing summer days can also cause complications with the actual paint. Most paint manufacturers recommend that you don’t apply their products in temperatures above 35°C.

But winter comes with its own warnings. Exterior paints, like the Fired Earth range, come with manufacturer warnings saying that they shouldn’t be applied at temperatures below 10°C. For winter rainfall areas like the Western and Eastern Cape (May to August), there’s the added warning that you shouldn’t paint if the surface is damp.


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While 10°C is usually the recommended minimum, ideally you should not paint a surface that’s colder than 15°C. Remember, though, that the temperature of the surface (walls, patio, etc) may well be colder than the room air temperature. Check the temperature of the actual surface you’re painting.


Paint goes on best between 20° and 25°C, for optimal adherence and drying. Check the technical specifications of the paint you’re planning on using, and make sure that it’s rated for use between at least 10° and 35°C.


In summer, you’d do the opposite… but in the cold of winter, you’ll want the paint to set, so you’ll need some help from the sun. Do your prep work in the early morning and late afternoon, and apply the paint between 10am and 2pm, to allow the surface to warm up and to avoid the evening dew.

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Remove Wall Paper Before Painting

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Stripping wallpaper is one of those projects that everyone dreads. They know it can be a tedious and messy process. It is only human nature to explore any options that will avoid this daunting task. As a result, one of the most common questions that I am asked is, “Can I paint over wallpaper?”

The process of stripping wallpaper is fairly easy if all of the wall prep was done correctly before it was applied. Unfortunately, you have no way of knowing until you actually get into the process. Therefore, our tendency is to avoid opening that can of worms. A seemingly logical solution is to leave it alone, pretend it isn’t there and paint over it. But, there are the risks you run by attempting to paint over wallpaper.

Here is the “scientific” explanation why painting over wallpaper is not a good solution. Wallpaper paste is water based. Moisture from paint products will seep in around the edges and along the seams, compromising the integrity of the glue and weakening the adhesion. As well, in some cases, adding liquid will actually cause the paper to shrink. At this point, all of the laws of physics are against you. Ultimately the bond between the wall and the wallpaper will begin to fail. It is sneaky and may not happen immediately. A week, a month or even a year from now, signs might make it apparent that the original glue has been stressed. Seams may become more visible or corners will start to give way. At this point, you have a bigger mess on your hands as well as wasted time and money spent painting.

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How to Hire a Painting Contractor For Your Project

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Certain home improvement projects require a professional. Not many homeowners are ready to install their HVAC, pour a foundation, or build an addition. Other projects though, like painting, just seem to be begging for the do-it-yourselfer. After all, who isn’t capable of dabbing a brush into paint?

But painting is more difficult than it looks. So, it is with great pleasure that many DIY painters decide that it is now time to hire a painting contractor to take on the job. Let us find out what painting contractors do, how to hire them, and how to negotiate the best price for your painting job.

What Is a Painting Contractor?
A painting contractor can work as a sub, or sub-contractor, under a general contractor, or can hire itself out directly to the homeowner. Usually, the painting contractor is a relatively small operation, ranging from the one-man sole proprietor up to 20 or 30 painters working for a small company.

How to Find One
Painting contractors tend to be local (as of yet, there are no nationally franchised paint contractors). While paint contractors concentrate on painting, some perform associated tasks such as plaster repairs, minor drywall work, trim and molding, and wallpapering.

The other difficult part is getting a painting contractor to show up. While this generalization does not apply to every painter, you can rarely get a paint contractor to show up to look at the house and to later produce a written estimate. It’s hardly the fault of the painting contractors; it is a combination of the contractors being smaller operations along with a high demand for their work.

Because it is next to impossible to find out information about local painting contractors on the Internet, the adage “talk to neighbors” applies here. Some painting contractors display signs on the lawns of houses they are working on, but you find this more with general contractors and siding and replacement windows companies. So, other than the painter’s white panel van out front, you often do not know what is going on inside your neighbors’ houses.

Urban areas often have local magazines (e.g., in Seattle, there is Seattle Magazine), and many of them feature renovated homes. These pieces will list the names and phone numbers for the contractor and sub-contractors—but be warned, these sub-contractors are usually very high-end and expensive.

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