Tips for Successful Finishing in Colder Weather

Posted on Tuesday Jan 30, 2018 at 10:53AM in Tips

The colder weather is not your best friend when you’re working with finishes. The ideal temperature range for finishing is 65-75 degrees, and anything above or below that range can make your job a bit more difficult. Winter temperatures can thicken finishes and result in longer drying times. Following are some precautions you can take to avoid the hindrance that comes with cold temperatures.

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Keep your finishes off the ground
If you usually keep your finishes on the concrete floor in your shop, move them on to a shelf or pallet. Concrete floors will drain the heat out of your finish causing it to thicken. Keeping your actual projects further away from the ground also helps with drying time.

Apply thinner coats and keep air moving
This will help the finish dry at a faster pace.

Move the finishes into a warm space
During the colder months, it’s best to store finishes somewhere with a consistently warm temperature, at least at night when you’re not controlling the temperature of your workspace.

Warm the finishes before use
There are several ways to warm finishes. You can use an inline finish heater, place the finish container inside a larger bucket of hot water, or wrap it in a heating pad or drum heater.

It takes a long time for the ambient air temperature to affect the temperature of your finish, both hot and cold. If your finish gets cold, it can take hours to warm it up to a sprayable temperature without some sort of heating device.