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Old 10-19-2004, 06:58 AM
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Okay...probably a no brainer question...but then...I have no brain.

Since Fall is upon us and Winter not far behind I am looking for things to work on during the cold months. I will hopefully be finish welding the chassis in the next couple of weeks and grinding it all nice and pretty. If it's not too cold I will attempt to shoot some primer on it. My question is...I realize you can't paint when it's cold (I"m working in an unheated shed), but at what point can't I use body filler? I can continue hammering out body panels during the Winter so I can keep busy, I just can't do a lot of sanding/grinding for fear of rust showing up before I can get it coated.

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I have used heat lamps to warm enough to get a cure when very cold out..not the recomended practice but is a patch..I work in an un heated shed as well and I have used a space heater and got some primer on the metal just as a rust preventative till it warmed up..

There are some temp recommendations on the can so read the manual..

tis an issue..Grinn..can be worked around so some work can still go on..just not as much happens when it is real chilly..

Are we having fun yet..???
I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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I have a very small catalytic heater that mounts to a five gallon propane tank. This set up only costs about $75.00 as I remember and works like a charm. You could bake a cake in that garage if you leave it on a few hours.

As far as "how much" heat to do you need? Any 2K product (polyester, urethane, epoxy, etc) is going to need 55 degrees mininum.

I myself have worked in many unheated bodyshops where we would do body work using heat lamps on the filler and that worked well.

But let me toss another idea by you. Go back and do a search for Randy Fergisons posts on metal finishing. I think now is a perfect time for you to learn metal finishing and not use the plastic body filler at all!
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