What Do You Need to Know Before Attempting Wintertime Exterior Painting?

Posted on Monday, January 25, 2016

With the right tools, techniques, and products, almost anything is possible.

Below is a look at an exterior painting project we finished in November for a client in Waltham, MA. They were repositioning their property for either lease or sale; this can be a fantastic strategy for adding functionality and appeal to older commercial spaces. In this case, we were asked to paint the windows on the storefront, refreshing the curbside image.

While “exterior painting” and “November” aren’t often words you find in the same sentence in Massachusetts, this project was completely possible thanks to the products we chose.

What Happens If You Choose the Wrong Coating for Cold Weather?

Typically, winter weather brings not only a colder temperature here in New England, but also a higher moisture content. This combination can be harmful to paint products that require consistently warmer air and a dry surface to cure properly, leading to poor adhesion and compromised quality/longevity.

Can You Paint Outside in Cold Temperatures?

In short, yes. The important thing is to make sure that the surface is completely dry, and that the product you choose is developed for use in that specific temperature.

Circling back to our project in Waltham, our goal was to completely transform the existing, black exterior windows by painting them to look like anodized aluminum.

We began by protecting the adjacent surfaces with plastic, then cleaning and preparing the windows before priming/painting.

With the cold weather and unique coating goals in mind, we used two quality products: Tnemec Series 27 Typoxy and Tnemec Series 73 Endurashield.

Tnemec Series 27 Typoxy is a polyamide epoxy coating that we used as tie-coat (essentially a primer), offering several key benefits:

  • Ideal for cold-weather application
  • Water resistance
  • Cures quickly
  • Offers excellent adhesion
  • Applies easily
  • Is firm but flexible

Tnemec Series 73 Endurashield is a durable, weather-resistant paint (Aliphatic Acrylic Polyurethane). Much like the Series 27 Typoxy, this formula is tough, flexible, and can withstand both moisture and ultraviolet rays. Meeting our need for cold-weather painting, this option adheres beautifully to surfaces with a temperature of 35 degrees.

To help complete the look of anodized aluminum for these windows, we chose the color Aluminum 57GR.

Using an HVLP Paint Sprayer - Working Neatly and Efficiently

Because we were working around carefully-protected windows and other exterior surfaces, we used an HVLP (high volume-low pressure) paint sprayer. This specialized paint equipment allows more paint to reach the surface with lower air pressure behind it, increasing control and reducing overspray.

Find a Professional Painter with Extensive Product Knowledge

At the end of the day, regardless of your commercial or industrial painting need, the key is to find a painting company with true product and application expertise. Every surface and situation is a little different, requiring the ability to adapt creatively.

If you have any questions for us at Kaloutas Painting, we hope that you’ll contact us directly. It would be our pleasure to serve you.

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