How to paint safely in high heat

With summer upon us, many of us need to take extra care while working outside. If you’re tackling a painting job this summer, you will need to take into account the effect the heat will have on you, as well as your paint.

To ensure you get your paint job done safely this summer, we have compiled our top tips for keeping cool while painting in the heat.

Slow down

Don’t expect top speeds in hot weather. Plan for tasks to take longer than usual, and for everyone on your team to take frequent breaks in the shade. Over time, your body will start to acclimatize to the heat, but start off slowly and work your way up.

Make a plan

Keep in mind it’s usually coolest in the morning, so try to schedule the most strenuous tasks for earlier in the day. When possible, paint in the shade, and make a point to follow the shade as it moves around your house over the course the day. If you need to access the roof at any point, do this first, as this is the hottest spot on the house.

Start the day well hydrated

Drink plenty of water BEFORE you feel thirsty. Avoid beverages with extra  caffeine or sugar, such as energy drinks and coffee, as they increase water loss and contribute to dehydration. Freezing a few water bottles the night before will ensure you have cool water handy throughout the day. Bring these along your regular unfrozen water bottle at the start of the job.

Be patient

Double your drying time between coats in hot and humid weather.

Dress properly

Wear loose-fitting, light coloured clothing, and a brimmed hat  in a breathable fabric. Apply sunscreen to any exposed skin 20 minutes before you head out.

Protect your eyes

Sunglasses aren’t just for looking cool. Make sure your glasses provide UVA and UVB protection.

Pay attention to your number ones.

The first signs of dehydration are thirst and dark-coloured urine.

Watch for symptoms

Know the signs of heat-related illnesses and stop work right away if you feel overheated. To help cool yourself down, place cold compresses behind your neck and run your forearms under cold water.