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Common Myths About Exterior Painting During the Summer

Posted on June 28, 2019

North Shore Exterior House Painting

Don't be fooled by these misconceptions about summer exterior house painting.

When it comes to home improvement, chances are you know many people who talk as though they're an expert. They may be coworkers, family members, neighbors who have a relative who works with exterior house painting. They're all eager to give their two cents. Unfortunately, the information is not always correct, and it's best to talk to someone who's actually an expert. Here are a few common myths you may have heard about exterior house painting during the summer:

You Have to Wait For a Cool Day

One common myth sounds logical, and it's that you have to wait for a cool day in order to paint your home. The idea is that when the weather is too hot, the paint will dry too quickly and sloppily. However, it's not actually the temperature that impacts the quality of your paint. The truth is, it's about the humidity. You may have a hot, dry day that's perfect for painting or a cooler humid day that will slow down the paint drying and possibly cause it to drip. So next time you're planning an exterior house painting project, check the humidity levels more than just the temperature.

Two Coats Will Cause Bubbling

Some homeowners may worry that two coats of paint could be too much or cause bubbling paint, but with the right paint job, that's not the case. More importantly, though, two coats are almost always necessary, even if the paint can advertises that only one coat is necessary. A paint coat that's too thin will fade easily, while a too thick coat may bubble or peel. This is also why it's important to get up close and personal with the wall by using brushes and rollers, rather than paint spray which leaves too much distance for error.

It's Cheaper to Do It Yourself

In theory, yes, painting your house yourself costs less money than hiring an exterior house painting professional — but that's only if everything goes according to plan. If you get exactly the right amount of paint and the paint is applied perfectly, if everyone involved in painting is completely safe throughout, and if you're able to take off time from work without losing pay in order to do so. Unfortunately, this often isn't the case. That's why professional house painting contractors — experts who do this job every day — still take precautions for anything that could go wrong. They're often insured so that in the event of any property damage or worker's compensation claims, you won't be held liable.

What are some myths you've heard about exterior house painting during the summer? Let's dispel them today. Contact No Risk Painting today for more information.

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