The most frequently asked question by our clients is ”when is the best time of the year to paint exteriors in Seattle area”. We like to answer this question using a moisture gauge, and instructions from exterior paint manufacturers.
Moisture content of the substrate must be below 14%
If the surface has a higher moisture content, some of that moisture mixes with the paint, altering the formula and affecting the chemical reaction which takes place after application.
Our typical exterior painting season begins in April
Should you wait till later in the season?
Not necessarily! If you paint early in the exterior season, your acrylic layers will have all summer to dry and cure, and be ready for the next rainy season.
On the other hand, if you paint later in the season, your substrate might have a lower moisture content, but the layers of paint will not have too much time to cure.
We solve our weather problems by using cold weather paints and following manufacturer’s application methods.