Let's say you have a pre-primed fiberglass entry door.
Let's say SWMBO has picked the perfect color for you to paint it with.
How soon after you paint it can you close it tight against the rubber
weather stripping without fear of damaging the finish?
Would it hurt or help to bake the freshly painted door in my black,
enclosed trailer, parked in the sun on hot summer day?
(Having used the trailer previously to bake some large objects made from
fiberglass and epoxy, I know that it makes a pretty good oven.
It wouldn't hurt ot bake it, just be sure to let it cool fully before
putting back up and closing it. Vaseline on gasket/contact surface
sound like a good idea as long as the vaseline would not deteriorate
Does anyone else think that the door may not be in the best shape warping
wise after the bake. I know that they try to make them not warp but I doubt
that they tested it being baked flat in an oven.
Also if the paint worked better after backing don't you think it woould say
it on the can. I'm pretty sure its only tested under nornal conditions.
A southern exposure and a full glass storm door will bake it as hot or
hotter than being in a trailer. Not saying to bake it while closed,
just saying that it can withstand a hell of a lot of heat and sitting in
a trailer won't hurt it. Who knows how long they sometimes sit in a
semi trailer baking away? Without a doubt, let it cool for some time
before handling it.
A month on latex? Yes different companies have different formulations,
some stay tacky for days, but a month Ive only seen with drying some
painted shelves in my humid basement with a deep base. Ben Moore will
dry in a few hours, pittsburg takes days and its still tacky on deep
bases. He doesnt say if its latex but it probably is.
My understanding is that to avoid having weather stripping stick to
latex paint, you need to wait for the paint to fulling cure, which can
take a month. Latex paint may dry in 4 hours, but it is still
hardening for a month.
The problem is that with the weather stripping pressed against the
paint, the uncured paint will tend to leech out the plasticizers in
the weather stripping, which can cause the two to stick together. So
yes, when you paint a door, I recommend removing the weather stripping
for a month.
What kind of paint, what color, what quality of a job are you doing.
Latex can fail early if painted on a hot surface or get to much heat
to fast, dark colors can get real hot in the sun. Ive been using
Benjamin moore Aura and it dries super fast and some latexes paints do
seem to take forever to not be tacky. You could heat it a bit but
baking latex might be risky. The only houses ive had fail were the
ones painted when real hot out that got sun right away. Many latex
cans say dont paint a hot surface or in excessive heat and thats
around 85+ in my opinion. Go to a real paint store and ask since
different products have different procedures that need to be followed,
and all brands are different. Test a sample. Aura works, dries too dam
fast, but its near 50 qallon
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