Summer Exterior Painting Tips

As the summer heat continues through August, commercial painters everywhere are cheering. This is the best time of the year for professional painters to tackle your exteriors with all manner of coatings and professional-grade paint.
Besides revamping your building’s curb appeal, a summer paint job will provide a protective layer against the upcoming elements and reduce the need for unexpected and costly repairs. So, if you’re thinking of repainting your commercial building’s exterior before the summer heat is over, here are a couple of things to keep in mind for your next paint job:

Revamp your commercial exterior:

Before you proceed to repaint, take a minute and look at the status of your walls. Cold weather, heat and humidity make it easy for dirt, rot, mold and algae to accumulate and permanently stain your building. An important part of maintaining the quality of your exterior is taking the time to pressure wash or properly scrub with a wire brush. This way, you can easily remove dust, dirt and grime from the walls, fences, driveways and sidewalks.

Walk through and inspect your surfaces:

After you’ve washed everything down, walk through and check all surfaces for cracking, peeling, chips or excessive fading. These are indicators of coating failure. If you notice these defects, act right away and implement correctives measures. This will help prevent permanent coating failures.

Look at the forecast:

Choose your days wisely. You might not know, but the most ideal weather for an exterior paint job is when the temperature hovers around 70 degrees with a humidity level at about 50 per cent. Keep in mind, painting a surface after it’s been sitting in direct sunlight could affect your paint job. Surfaces that have sat in the sun for extended periods of time can be up to 15-20 degrees hotter than if they were shaded. On extremely hot days, don’t paint at all. Extreme heat will dry the coating too fast and cause heat blisters and ruin the surface texture.

As one of California’s most trusted commercial painting companies, Raider Painting knows all the tips and tricks to ensure your next exterior paint job meets the highest quality standards. We provide comprehensive exterior coatings and painting services including waterproofing, sealants, and specialty coatings as well as preparing and painting various surfaces for any commercial need. Get in touch today for your free estimate.