Oil-Based Paint: How Cold is Too Cold?

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Forum topic by jasoncarpentry posted 12-04-2018 03:14 PM 274 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2018 03:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: oil-based paint cold weather

I need to protect some wood surfaces on my deck, and have decided to use oil-base primer and paint. These surfaces were pressure-treated 11 years ago when the deck was built, but have deteriorated since then. I hired a painter to start priming and painting these surfaces back in warm weather, but I can’t get him to finish the job. So I’m gonna try to finish it myself.

I know that there’s a minimum temp. for both the application and drying of oil-base, but I don’t know what it is. Here in East TN, we’ve got five dry days coming up, but minimum (i.e., night-time) temps. will range from 24 to 36 deg. F. Should I wait for warmer weather?

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#1 posted 12-04-2018 06:29 PM

The temperatures should be in the directions on the paint container. If not, contact the manufacturer. Personally, I’d wait for warmer weather, your over night temps are too low for just about anything to dry/cure properly.

-- Sawdust Maker

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