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Getting your interior painting project to dry at this time of the year can be challenging. Crowies Paints stores have dehumidifiers that are available for hire that will assist in maintaining the drying time for all interior painting jobs during the cold weather. These work extremely well and will allow you to keep your painting projects on track this winter.
It generally takes paint longer to dry and cure in cold, damp conditions. This not only extends the touch dry time but will also extend the recoat times recommended by the manufacturer. Recoat times are calculated based on ambient temperature of 25C and 50% humidity. As a rough guide, water based paint recoat times can be extended from 4hrs to 6 hrs and solvent based enamel recoat times can be extended to 48hrs or longer.
At very low temperatures, paint can freeze if it is not stored correctly during the cold winter months. This includes product that is stored outside, on construction sites, in cold garden sheds and especially product that is supplied in metal cans. The application and performance of paint that has allowed to freeze then thaw out again can be seriously compromised. When mixing paint before use, check it carefully for any lumps or “seeds”. If you find any, it’s possible that the product has been adversely affected by freezing and may not suitable for use.
Solvent based enamels and varnishes tend to be a little thicker and more viscous in the colder weather. This can make them difficult to apply and often results in a heavier film build being applied that can lead to unsightly runs as well as drying and recoat issues. Try standing the unopened can of paint in a container of warm water to warm up the contents before use to make it easier to apply.
As we move into the colder winter months, painting in cold weather will extend the drying time which can leave the wet film susceptible to unsightly surface defects that will detract from the appearance and require rectification.Read More
Painting in cold weather can extend the drying time of traditional solvent based enamels and varnishes quite significantly resulting in number of challenges that if not addressed can spoil the appearance of the paint finish and increase the amount of work required to rectify.Read More
Conventional paints only have a limited ability to mask surface imperfections. Don’t underestimate the importance of preparing surfaces thoroughly to achieve a smoother, more even finish. Between coats you may need to sand off any bumps or re-fill any imperfections before applying the next coat.
Never try to paint over an area that has partly dried as the brush or roller can pick up the first coat resulting in unsightly brush marks and uneven roller texture.
Remove door knobs, light switch and powerpoint covers and curtain rod brackets before you start painting. It is much easier and faster to remove these items and reinstall them rather than trying to work around them and the overall finish will look more professional.
Many old homes used paint that contained lead based pigments. These coatings can not be sanded as the dust generated will contain lead which extremely toxic. To determine whether paint contains lead, use a lead test kit before commencing any work.