A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference in turning your property from drab to FAB. However, temperature can play a part in creating problems when painting walls.

The temperature can affect the color of the paint, drying time, sheen as well make the application process more difficult than it needs to be.

Follow these easy but important guidelines to ensure you end up with fantastic paint results.

Check the weather! It is always helpful to know what the forecast/temperature will be for the days you plan on painting. On cold days , substrate temperature shouldn’t fall below 50°F and shouldn’t rise above 110°F on hot days.

The first 48 hours after paint has been applied are the most critical for these temperatures to be  just right. Also keep in mind that in the fall and spring where there is most variance in temperatures dropping in the evening can cause condensation to form on newly painted surfaces. As the wall/paint begins to “sweat” it will cause streak marks all along the freshly painted surface.

Paint is best applied between 10:00am and 2:00pm to allow the wall surface to warm up and allow time for curing.

While it is impossible to control atmospheric conditions, and problems may occur regardless, following  these simple rules will make the most of your painting project!