We know how it goes – the days get shorter, the nights get cooler and you suddenly start spending a lot more time at home, which leads you to notice chips on your paint and other things you want to upgrade. House painting isn’t an easy task, but once you’ve got your mind set on it, it’s something that needs to be done.
Many people wonder about the best time of the year to paint your house. While Gauteng can get piping hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter, the best time of the year remains any day that it’s not raining. You’re free to paint your house any time of the year, but your best bet is to avoid very hot days and very cool days, which might influence the drying of the paint.
If you’re looking to paint your house this winter, keep the following things in mind:
- Clean the garden. If your exterior walls are close to trees, you should pick up the leaves and clear your garden before you start painting. If it gets too windy, the leaves might get stuck in the wet paint.
- Check the weather forecast. You don’t want a Joburg thunderstorm to spoil your fresh coat of paint.
- Get the right products. Usually the type of paint won’t make a difference, but you need to make sure the fillers and primers you use will be just as easy to apply in the colder weather.
- Start early. Exterior house painting will probably take up the better part of your weekend, so buy everything you need and start early on a Saturday morning. Wait until there isn’t any dew left on the walls (the surfaces need to be completely dry before you start painting).