Many people spend more time indoors during the winter — and as a result, it’s only natural that their thoughts might turn to home improvement projects, including painting. However, winter painting can be more complicated than at other times of year. While painting is still feasible, there are some key differences to keep in mind.
Time of Day
Generally speaking, it’s best to paint between 10 AM and 3 PM during the winter. This ensures that the substrate surface being painted has sufficient time to dry off and warm up for better adhesion. Finishing earlier in the afternoon also helps paint dry before it gets too cold. Using winter-grade paint can provide some additional resistance to temperature changes.
Check the Forecast
Winter weather can be unpredictable. For outdoor paint jobs, especially, contractors and homeowners should be mindful of the temperature and dew point conditions that could keep paint from drying — not just whether there’s snow in the forecast. Winter additives can provide some resistance to winter weather, but it is best to wait for favorable conditions to begin painting.
Heating and airflow can help paint dry properly, even during the winter. Using a fan heater to warm up room interiors before painting begins can provide more painting time and ensure proper drying.
Contractors and homeowners alike can find quality supplies for their next painting project at Gerber Lumber. From brushes and rollers to paint, our expert team can help you find solutions that will work best for your project and its specific needs.