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Old 12-21-2012, 07:29 AM   #1
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Painting in cold weather

I am about to finish some kitchen cabinets that I built. Last step is priming and painting. The primer and paint both say to use at temps above 50.

My garage is insulated but definitely gets colder than 50 at night (temps here in NC will be in the high 20's and mid 40's the next few days).

I see on the bottle of floetrol that I've been using that it extends drying time (or allows you to paint) in colder (or hotter) temps. So my question is has anyone used this product for the purpose of painting in cold temps and do you see any problems in doing so?



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Old 12-21-2012, 11:55 AM   #2
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In all honesty I would avoid painting in temps below 50. Now, having said that, yes, I have painted in cool temps in a garage or storage building. If it's cool the main thing is to keep air moving with a fan so the cabinets dry. If the air is not moving you have a great chance of condensation moisture building up on the paint film.

So, if you can avoid doing so don't do the painting now........but, if your on a time schedule, take precautions and proceed with caution.


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I agree with Gymschu. Maybe you could rent a commercial portable space heater for a couple of days. Anything that significantly speeds up or retards the drying process could have adverse affects.
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Adding warmth and ventilation would be best. Adding Floetrol provides no benefit to painting in colder temperatures- it is not ethlene glycol (anti-freeze).
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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Keep the temp. over 50 for at least a few hours after you finish putting the primer/paint on and you won't have any problems.
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