Rookie Tips for Successful Painting in Hot Weather

Posted on: 10 August 2020


Experienced painters often discourage rookie painters from painting walls on a hot day because paint tends to lose water fast and become thins. Additionally, hot temperatures make painted walls dry faster than is recommended, which causes premature chipping. However, some homeowners want painters to accomplish a project as soon as possible even if it means painting on a hot summer afternoon. The good news is that you can get around the challenge without compromising on the quality of a paint job. This article highlights tips on how painters can get the job done in hot weather.

Reconstitute in Small Batches 

A strategy that is commonly used by experienced painters when painting in hot weather is reconstituting paint. Since water tends to evaporate faster in a hot climate, restoring its consistency is crucial. The process of adding water to paint is referred to as reconstituting paint. However, if you reconstitute paint in the same bucket several times, you could dilute the paint. This could lead to over-thinning, thereby making it inapplicable. The best approach is to reconstitute paint in small batches. Using separate buckets instead of one paint ensures that each batch retains the recommended consistency.

Base Painting on Sun Position 

The last thing you need is for a homeowner to call your supervisor within a week telling them that the paint is already chipping. Premature chipping is caused by drying by direct sunlight. You can prevent this by surveying a house and noting the sun's location at different times of the day. The information is crucial because it helps a rookie painter to schedule their work by following the shade around the house. Ideally, you should start painting walls that are opposite the sun. As the sun moves, you should move with it so that the walls you are working on are always facing away from direct sunlight. The strategy allows painted walls to dry at a steady rate before they are bombarded by sunlight.

Use Ice in Paint Bucket 

Your supervisor is going to send you away if you drop a couple of ice blocks directly into the paint with the idea of keeping it cool under the hot weather. The right procedure is to drop ice cubes inside an empty paint bucket, add a liner, then pour paint. The liner acts as a barrier between paint and the ice blocks, and this helps to keep paint cool, thereby slowing down evaporation. However, too much ice makes the temperature of paint to drop to undesirable levels.