Painting Schools in the Portland Area

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Painting in the Portland Area, as in the Pacific Northwest in general, is quite a bit different than painting in other geographical locations in the United States. Here are a few things to keep in mind when painting school interiors and exteriors. 

Painting Interiors

With Oregon's climate, school interiors can be painted year round, but the best time for this is summer. With only a month left before the school year starts, now is the ideal time to get on it. As far as color selection, walls can be painted with a school color theme. Similarly, school logos and related murals can be painted as well. One thing to keep in mind is that for the health of students and faculty, it's probably best to use a low or zero-VOC paint. When these paints are used, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are kept to a minimum or altogether non-existent. Lockers will also need painting. 

Painting Exteriors

Exterior painting in Oregon is tricky business. The state has a long rainy season. This is bad news for paint adhesion, since moisture can trigger paint failure. As a result, painting when there is direct sunlight and warmer temperatures are ideal. That said, you don't want extermely high temperatures because the paint should take some time to dry. The most ideal temperature range for exterior painting is 50 to 80 degrees (air and surface temperature). So, again, summers are best for painting school exteriors. 

As with interiors, schools colors can be incorporated into the exterior look. That said, if a school's colors are red and white, it might not be best to use those colors, unless of course you're comfortable with a Christmas color look. Point being, subtlety and taste should be a factor. 

If you have any other questions about painting schools in the Portland Area, get in contact with Sundeleaf Painting. 

Sundeleaf Painting, Inc.
2037 SE Ochoco Street
Portland, Oregon 97222
(503) 236-9797

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