BEST TIME FOR PAINTING HOUSE
(Transcribed from The Iron Age, Birmingham, March 5, 1874)
The best time for painting the exterior of buildings is late in autumn or during the winter. Paint then employed will endure twice as long as when applied in early summer or hot weather. In the former it dries slowly and becomes hard, like a glazed surface, not easily affected afterwards by the weather, or worn off by the beating of storms. But in very hot weather the oil in the paint soaks into the wood at once, as into a sponge, leaving the lead nearly dry and nearly ready to crumble off.
Painting a house, Waco, Texas 1939 (Russell Lee, photographer, Library of Congress)
This last difficulty, however, might be guarded against, though at an increased expense, by first going over the surface with raw oil. By painting in cold weather, one annoyance might certainly be escaped namely the collection of small flies in the fresh paint.