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Can You Paint the House During Rainy Season?

An architect weighs in and gives tips

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Working on a home improvement project entails finalizing a timeline, setting a budget, and hoping that the weather will be on your side. After all, no one wants to repair the roof or repaint the entire house during a heavy downpour. Given the rains we’ve been experiencing these past few days, some of you might be wondering if it’s still feasible to schedule a painting job—especially if you’re planning to give the rooms at home a fresh coat of paint. “Painting is one of the easiest things to do during construction. However, it really does require right timing and patience to get the best results,” shares architect Justin Espejo of Minimalist Manila.


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To save on costs and to ensure the quality of the finished look, Justin suggests rescheduling a painting job after the rainy season. “Painting is 80 to 90 percent surface preparation. If the surface isn’t prepared properly, no amount of coats and repainting will give you an even look. For paint to adhere to the surface, it must be completely dry and free from high amounts of humidity. It’s really important to work on it when the conditions are right,” he explains.

Here are more reasons that will convince you to wait until the wet season has passed:

1. The rainy season makes paint a little runnier than usual.

Since the paint won’t dry properly, it’s possible to have drip marks on the surface. “Cracking, peeling, bubbles, and other common paint problems that occur are results of paint not adhering properly to the surface. Once this happens, you’ll have to strip it away and repaint the affected area. Repainting just one area will not give you an even look so the ideal solution is to repaint the whole room. Otherwise, it will look weird to see one bright spot in a corner,” explains the architect.

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2. You can still do painting indoors, just make sure there are fans you can use to help dry the paint.

“This does not guarantee the best results because if a paint dries up too fast, it will be hard to achieve an even paint finish," says Justin.

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3. Waiting patiently can help you save on cash.

It’s no secret that painting involves buying gallons of paint and hiring experienced workers. It’s not enough to work with a base coat and a top coat, too. “You’ll need a base coat and at least one to two top coats to achieve a desired even look. Remember that additional coats need to be applied when the first coat is completely dry. If you rush it and try to paint during the rainy season, it will be harder to wait for the first coat to dry. It will prolong the painting time considerably and you might need to spend more on labor. Even if you’re able to do it, there’s a high chance you’ll have to redo it again, sooner than expected,” shares the architect.

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Got renovation and home improvement questions? Send us a message on Facebook and we might feature your queries on the website. Get in touch with architect Justin Espejo through email at hello[at]minimalistmanila.com. You can also follow Minimalist Manila Architects on Facebook.

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