A newbie question about staining and varnishing and the temperature.
I am ready to finish a project. My basement shop holds steady at 50F. I
plan to use a dye-stain and then polyurethane on read oak.
The can doesn't have much to say about temperature. I assume that drying
times will be increased. Any thing else I should watch out for?
Read the label directions. 50F is getting "iffy" I think (only know because
I'm trying to finish something where ambient temp is 20F on good days and
the kero heater is running overtime trying to keep up. Give it a couple of
months and it will be too hot for stain or varnish LOL). I think most
things want 55F minimum.
You should be able to stain at that temp but give extra time. Ever try
water based-poly? When the stain is dry you can actually do the poly with
that stuff in the comfort of your living room...not much odor and it dries
quick allowing multiple coats in a matter of hours. Just a thought.
This may not work for poly but.....I have sprayed lacquer for years
sometimes in cold weather (-10 cel. and in a garage). I heat the lacquer in
warm water and the spray gun pot in warm water. NOTE!!!!! Each finish has a
flash point that ignites the finish if the temperature reaches the flash
point !!!! so know your product. Also if you can keep the piece that you are
working on warm until you finish it, plus keep your finish warm, you should
not have any problems...Like I started with, this has worked well for me
spraying Lacquer...ADD NOTE - FIND THE FLASH POINT OF YOUR FINISH.
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