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Getting your interior painting project to dry at this time of the year can be challenging. Crowies Paints stores have dehumidifiers that are available for hire that will assist in maintaining the drying time for all interior painting jobs during the cold weather. These work extremely well and will allow you to keep your painting projects on track this winter.
It generally takes paint longer to dry and cure in cold, damp conditions. This not only extends the touch dry time but will also extend the recoat times recommended by the manufacturer. Recoat times are calculated based on ambient temperature of 25C and 50% humidity. As a rough guide, water based paint recoat times can be extended from 4hrs to 6 hrs and solvent based enamel recoat times can be extended to 48hrs or longer.
At very low temperatures, paint can freeze if it is not stored correctly during the cold winter months. This includes product that is stored outside, on construction sites, in cold garden sheds and especially product that is supplied in metal cans. The application and performance of paint that has allowed to freeze then thaw out again can be seriously compromised. When mixing paint before use, check it carefully for any lumps or “seeds”. If you find any, it’s possible that the product has been adversely affected by freezing and may not suitable for use.
Solvent based enamels and varnishes tend to be a little thicker and more viscous in the colder weather. This can make them difficult to apply and often results a heavier film build being applied that can lead to unsightly runs as well as drying and recoat issues. Try standing the unopened can of paint in a container of warm water to warm up the contents before use to make it is easier to apply.
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