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TurboS10 10-25-2002 03:38 PM

Cold weather painting
Hey guys,

I am about ready to paint, and it is getting cold here. I can heat my shop to 70 or so, and I will us a fast reducer, but Iam wondering is there are any other things to keep in mind. I am thinking that I may have curing problems if the surface of the truck does not have time to heat up totally. What is the lowest temp you can safley paint at?



Halloweenking 10-25-2002 04:18 PM

safely depending on paint type is 65-68 degrees, but I recomend at least 68. If your painting area gets below 68 you could have many problems including your clear clouding up and you will have to re-do the whole thing. You can look in the knowledge base for a chart on tempretures and paint types.


tlambert 10-25-2002 06:44 PM

The panels being refinished need to be at least at an average shop temp.(ex.70 degrees)along with the material that is being sprayed. The chemicals should be equal to the shop temp. Also check the viscosity of the material being sprayed. :D

TurboS10 10-25-2002 07:21 PM

What i am hearing is what I knew, I just wanted to confirm. I am really ready to get this thing painted, but keeping my shop that warm with a fresh air exhaust pulling cold air in and heat out may be impossible. I really dont want to wait 6 months. I guess I will have to be ready when this Texas weather gives me one of the famous 70 degree November weekends.


tlambert 10-25-2002 07:37 PM

Do yourself a favor and find a heat controlled booth to rent. Paint material cost too much to redo a project. Alot of refinish technicians work after hours, that could be another option. :D

TurboS10 10-25-2002 08:23 PM

Renting is not an option. The truck is a total rebuild/recolor and will be painted in several stages and reassembled for graphics and final clear. I cant afford to rent a booth several times. If I cant get things warm, I willjust have to be patient and wait till next summer I guess.


tlambert 10-25-2002 08:38 PM

A good booth and right temperature makes all the difference. The truck pictured at left was painted in pieces during the winter months. :D

Kevin45 10-26-2002 05:28 AM

Either rent a propane heater or get a larger Kero-Sun and let the garage and vehicle heat up for 24 hours before painting. When ready to paint remove the portable heater and maintain your source heat. The temp of the garage can vary by a few degrees but you want the metal temperature to be maintained. You should have no problem then. I have painted many in the wintertime with the garage hovering around 70 with no problems.


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