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Spring Is Here: When Can Exterior Painting Start?

Spring is finally here after a long, cold winter in Connecticut, and we’re all eager to start getting our houses ready for summer. 

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We want to start as soon as we can. But when can you start exterior painting? Well, mild temperatures and dry weather are essential for exterior painting. This isn’t because the painters don’t like getting cold or wet, but because it’s a very necessary precaution.  

Why Can’t You Paint in The Rain?

There are some obvious reasons not to paint in the rain (like paint getting wet and running off the walls as you apply it). But also, if it has recently rained before you paint, the water may have been absorbed by the wall, and could leak out later, spoiling the paint job. Finally, most paints do best with 24+ hours to cure, and if it rains during that time it could damage the paint. So, twenty-four hours with no rain before and after painting is ideal.  

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Why Does It Need to Be Warm to Paint?

OK, the rain is pretty obvious, but why does it have to be warm to paint? Almost all exterior house paints require a minimum temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit, for best adhesion and over-all performance. That means not only that the temperature of the air is above 50 degrees, but the surface being painted also can’t be cold, and the temperature should not drop significantly in the next night.

When Will It Be Warm and Dry Enough to Start?

Good news, we're almost there! Here in Connecticut, the exterior house painting season really gets going in May, although we can start somewhat towards the end of April. It's time to start choosing paint colors!

High-Quality Painting in Connecticut: Southington

If you want to have your house exterior painted, Southington Painting is here to help you. We have served the Connecticut area since 1979, and we offer a wide range of services including interior painting, deck maintenance, pressure washing, and of course exterior painting.  Please feel free to call us at (860) 628-8923 if you have any questions, or go online to schedule an estimate today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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