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Old 12-12-2007, 09:24 PM
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painting in the cold.... heaters???

hey i have to finish painting up my doors and some panels but its freezing and i dont have an enclosed shop its just a grage with a temp door on it. can i put a propane heater in it and heat up the grage and let the metal warm up and turn them off and right when im done fire up the propane heater again and let the paint cure for awhile??? will i blow up??? I know paint is fumeable but is overspray??? i would like to know b4 i actually try just for some insurance that i aint going to blow my self up or anything like that.

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I have used propane heaters to warm the metal and the work area to paint in cold weather. i used a couple of 350,000 btu propane heaters, (the ones that look like jet engines) and they had to run for 3 hours to get everything warmed up enough when it was around 40-45 degrees out. the trick is to warm the area AND the metal, so that it retains enough heat to dry the paint. NO, you cannot re-light the heaters after you paint. paint dries by evaporation of solvents, spraying the paint mixes the paint and it's solvents with air and atomizes it making a very explosive mixture. the solvents coming out of the paint in the first few hours after spraying can keep it too dangerous to re-light the heaters. I'm not sure how cold it is there, or exactly what your structure is, (here a garage has a door, a carport is open on one or more sides)
it sounds like maybe a 3 sided carport with a tarp door? you may not be able to get it warm enough to paint. also, do NOT use kerosene heaters, they have oil residue in the heated air, which can cause fisheyes in your paint. Doug
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