How Spectrum Painting Beats the New Jersey Heat
Summertime is a great time of year, but with the pool days and the sunshine also comes hot weather that can often be hazardous to people who work outside. This is especially true for painters who do house painting and other exterior paint jobs. The Spectrum Painting team takes special precautions during these extreme days of heat and wind to make sure exterior paint is applied properly; the paint itself doesn’t dry out and the painters keep hydrated and comfortable while on the job.
The summer months are the most vital for completing exterior paint and house painting jobs all over the New Jersey area, so keeping these practical tips in mind during hot days helps our team stay productive and healthy.
Here are a few precautions our painters take:
Follow the shade
Heat and wind can be bad for paint. If it’s incredibly hot outside, our team stays in the shade. The key is to complete the house painting while following the shade. For example, do the west side of the house first before the sun hits it, and do the east side of the building later in the day after the area has cooled off considerably. One thing our painters have to keep in mind is that direct sunlight can make the paint dry too quickly, which can actually cause issues. Fortunately, our team is well-versed in surface preparation and proper painting techniques.
Ice the paint buckets
One great way we keep the paint cooled down while on the job is by putting ice into the bucket before adding a liner and paint to it. Just like an ice chest, this will keep the paint cool and also prevent it from getting too thick to paint onto the walls.
Thin the paint
If it’s hot outside and you don’t have ice lining your buckets, the paint can start to evaporate and thicken. Our paint contractors will add water as needed to keep the paint at a good consistency. This is a constant battle when completing exterior paint jobs in the heat, but adding water as needed will keep the paint its desired thickness and ensure a quality coat.
This has less to do about the paint and more to do about our painters. Staying hydrated is the best tip we can give to our team when the temperatures seem unbearable. If the paint can get dehydrated, so can our paint contractors. Staying in the shade and drinking a lot of water is a great way to stay healthy on the job and create the perfect conditions for a high quality paint job.