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#1 posted 11-25-2014 11:15 PM

I know I’m late to this party but I live in Saskatchewan, Canada. We may not have invented winter but we have certainly perfected it. It’s amazing what can be done with a heat lamp or two. I’m talking about a reflector fixture with a clamp on mount and a plain old 250W heat lamp.

The key si to point the lamps at the object to be finished, prior to applying the finish. The heat path will be extremely focused. It won’t heat the shop much but it will certainly keep your project toasty. In fact, you have to be careful not to overheat the item in question.

You can also heat things from the inside. For example, a dresser can be warmed with a couple of hook lights. Spin in the largest incandescent lamp that will safely work and put the hook light inside the dresser about 15 minutes prior to finish application.

Surface temperature is easily tested with an IR thermometer. They are cheaply available.

I know it’s not like having a heated shop but I’ve done a ton of work, including temperature sensitive polyurethanes and polyester resin based FRP, in unheated shops on nice days in winter.


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