When Is the Best Time for Exterior House Painting in Nigeria?
Exterior painting (that is painting the outside of your building)is a great way to enhance the look and value of your home and environment. Whether you plan to paint your house yourself or you plan to hire a painter in Nigeria, it is important to know when it is best to paint the outside of your building in Nigeria. The two main considerations are the temperature and precipitation.
Most exterior paints can be applied when the weather is above 50 degrees, as long as exterior surface of the house is also above 50 degrees. In other words, after a cold night, don’t paint as soon as the air has warmed to that temperature, but wait until the siding has warmed as well. Most paint manufacturers in Nigeria also have low-temp paints that can be applied when the temperature is in the upper 30’s, but it is generally a better idea to wait for warmer weather if possible.
Here in Nigeria, the exterior painting season begins in late August and can usually continue through February depending on the region or state you live in Nigeria. Areas like Lagos, Port Harcourt and Bayelsa have more rains than places like Kano, Kaduna and Abuja. It is usually better to focus on interior painting from March through August.
Contrary to what many people expect, hot weather is not the best time for exterior painting. Paint cures best when it dries slowly, so hot days can actually cause the paint to dry too fast. This factor can be reduced by choosing to paint the different sides of your house when they are in shade.
Even if the temperature is perfect, exterior painting can’t be completed in wet weather. The surface of the house must be completely dry before it is painted, or the new paint will fail. On wood portions of the house, it can take a couple days of dry weather before the house can be painted. It is also important to watch the forecast, since rain falling on new paint may have disastrous results. Do not paint if rain is forecast within 6 hours of when you finish painting.