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When is Painting Season?

When is Painting Season?

When is painting season? This is the time of year when we are out doing estimates and the most asked question is when should we paint?

The short answer is when it's warm and sunny. But I don't think my customers are looking to do business with a wise guy. So the real answer is based on a few simple factors:

  • Manufactures recommendations......Manufactures all have specification sheets on line and methods of applications on their labels. The information always includes information about temperature and relative humidity limitations. For most exterior coatings the minimum is 50 degrees fahrenheit with a maximum 80% relative humidity.
  • Weather forecast......Even with ideal conditions incoming weather can be a factor on your painting project. There are several internet sites that include a 5 day forecast; some are more accurate than others. I like any website that is aviation based, these tend to be more accurate because pilots and passengers lives depend on accurate information.
  • Dry time.....It is possible to start a painting project if the weather forecast is calling for rain. The key is to have a plan on stopping the painting about 4 hours before the wet weather hits and the temperature is warm enough to dry the paint. Most acrylic house paints will dry in 2 hours and definitely in 4 hours is the temperature is above 70 degrees.
  • Exterior Painting Season......Our business is based in Sacramento California typically our exterior painting starts in February and ends in November. This is of course based on all of the information above. If the conditions are right and we have a willing customer we will paint anytime…