Need help with finish question.

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Blog entry by Kip posted 01-25-2008 02:43 AM 863 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the recent cold stap here in the Mid West I’m having trouble keeping my shop warm. I have a project that is ready for finish but not sure if I should attempt it yet. This project is solid oak and I want to finish it with a satin laquer. At what point is it too cold to spray laquer?

-- Kip Hiebert

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#1 posted 01-25-2008 02:49 AM

I’m kind of curious also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-25-2008 03:35 AM

There was a recent article in woodshop news about warming the finish itself. It is avalibale online here

The article is in the back. The basics: soak the pot in warm water. Instead of warming the room, warm the finish.
Good luck

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 01-25-2008 04:51 AM

I never gave that a thought. Thanks gizmodyne!

-- Kip Hiebert

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#4 posted 01-25-2008 05:32 AM

Just read the article gizmodyne directed me to. Sounds simple enough and if it works as well as stated in the article then my problem is solved. I’ll let you know how things turn out.

-- Kip Hiebert

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#5 posted 01-25-2008 10:32 AM

I hope it works. What is the ambient temp of the shop?

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#6 posted 01-25-2008 02:25 PM

rikkor- On these days where the temp has stayed well below freezing I’m lucky if I can get it up to 40 F. The shop is a 40×48 metal building with 14’ walls so there is a lot of space to try to heat and it is not insulated. If outside temp. get up to 40 or 50 then I can make it comfortable enough to work without a coat.

-- Kip Hiebert

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#7 posted 01-25-2008 04:08 PM

A few years ago before I had a well heated shop I bought 4 heat lamps & ceramic clamp on lamp holders & set them up to shine down all around the piece I was finishing. Worked well, I guess it depends on how large your item is. As an added benift the light helped me avoid any dry spots


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#8 posted 01-25-2008 04:11 PM

I am with you Kip, my shop is the same size as yours but set in the middle of Michigan. I am working on closong it in and insulating it now and am hoping to have it done for next winter so I am without a usable shop until spring.

-- Hope Never fails

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#9 posted 01-25-2008 07:43 PM

Would it be possible to block off a small corner of the shop and just heat that part? Might be a good excuse to build a finishing room!

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#10 posted 01-27-2008 02:37 PM

Mario- My wife is from Sherwood Michigan, so I’m familiar with Michigan winter and feel for you!

Jon3- I have thought about blocking off a corner, that may come this spring.

The article that gizmodyne directed me too has proved to be invaluable. I tried heating the finish like the article suggested and had great results. I sprayed Friday and Saturday and the ambient temp. was in the 40’s. Thanks to all for the input!

-- Kip Hiebert

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#11 posted 01-27-2008 03:52 PM

I just sprayed my horns project the other day with satin lacquer at about 55 degrees (but sunny). Thats getting pretty close to the threshold i think.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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