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Baby, It's COLD Inside

by Kazooman
posted 01-05-2017 11:15 PM


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papadan

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#1 posted 01-05-2017 11:22 PM

Just hang a light bulb over it and the heat will help the finish dry.

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#2 posted 01-05-2017 11:43 PM



Just hang a light bulb over it and the heat will help the finish dry.

- papadan

Maybe I should get a “heat lamp” and mount it well above the table surface. Right now all I have to add heat to the shop is a unit with a blower and that just adds another problem to the equation with scattering dust.

I have always liked thin coats of wiping finishes because they dry quickly and are forgiving of the fact that I must apply finish in the same space that I cut and sand wood. When this finish cures enough for sanding it will have a lot of “dust bunnies” to deal with.

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#3 posted 01-06-2017 01:39 AM

Kind of like a heat lamp, I use one of the clamp on reflector lamps with a 100 w bulb.

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#4 posted 01-06-2017 02:49 AM

You could also try shellac. For something like that box it would hold up well, and it dries quickly even at temperatures that low. I also noticed that water based topcoat from GF dries well at slightly lower temps. I think because the cold air tends to be dry air, and sucks the moisture out of the finish at a rate that offsets the lower temperature.

The more I try other finishes, the less I reach for poly for anything.

I live in northern indiana, and also finish things in my cool basement this time of year. Its too cold in the garage (shop) to make bench dogs tonight, let alone finish anything.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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Kazooman

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#5 posted 01-06-2017 02:57 AM

Shellac is a great idea. I have to admit that I have never used it as the final finish coat on any project. Perhaps it is tone to give it a try.

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 01-06-2017 03:56 AM

Something small like a box, can’t you bring it in from the shop? It should cure overnight at room temp.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 01-06-2017 12:12 PM

A little moving air will help. Varnish cures by reacting with oxygen, supplying more (moving air) speeds it up…thought the lower temps do slow it down. But 64ยบ is plenty warm for it to cure….slowly. I sometimes put a “brooder lamp” to shine on small stuff to warm them up, seems to help.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#8 posted 01-06-2017 12:57 PM

Not real classy but I use my living room inside. Most of the time I have some project there getting another coat of finish! I use waterbased poly so no issues with smell. My shop has been as low as upper 30s so finishing outside isn’t realistic.

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