Using Arm-R-Seal in Cold Weather

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Forum topic by pete79 posted 11-02-2009 04:39 PM 2074 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2009 04:39 PM

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Ok guys, this is a two-part question:

#1 – The Arm-R-Seal data sheet specifies that it is made to be a wipe/brush on finish. I just got my Earlex sprayer and an itching to use it. Question is, can Arm-R-Seal be sprayed on, and do I gain anything by using this method as opposed to wiping it on? Time is not an issue, so speed of spraying doesn’t do much for me – I’m more interested in quality of the finish.

#2 – I work in my non-insulated garage in Michigan. Temperature today is supposed to reach 54F. I use a small space heater that gets the garage to about 62F when I’m in there. Can I apply the Arm-R-Seal in there and leave it sitting overnight with the heater OFF – meaning temps will hit about 38F tonight. Will this effect the finish quality, or just prolong the drying time?

Thanks for responses!

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#1 posted 11-02-2009 05:35 PM

Yes, Arm-r-Seal can be sprayed. It looks like you should use the 1.5mm tip for this application. Spraying is faster than wiping it on but it is more prone to runs and sags, if you are not experienced with spraying. Wiping the finish, while slower, will control runs and sags better. So it really is a matter of personal choice. One of the challenges for spraying is getting into corners since spraying produces a vortex that has a hard time with these areas.

The finish will take longer to cure as the temperature drops. It is predominately mineral spirits so it will take longer to evaporate as the shop gets colder. But the finish quality should not be affected other than the longer it takes to dry the more likely you are to get dust particles settling into the finish. But if you have cleaned the area and keep air movement down this should be minimized.

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#2 posted 11-02-2009 05:41 PM

Thanks Scott – seems like I’ll probably go with wiping on for this project and save the Earlex for the bigger project I bought it for. This way I can also do the wipe-on inside in the basement where it’s a little warmer and less dusty.

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