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Forum topic by Vicki posted 11-29-2010 07:19 AM 4618 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-29-2010 07:19 AM

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I was wondering what folks with limited inside storage do with the paint/stain/glue/wood filler, etc. that’s been in the shop from Spring – Fall now that winter is near. I’ve always brought most of it inside, but as my supplies have increased, space to store these things inside is an issue. I’ve usually left outdoor stains outside and they have been fine the next year. I always leave cans of spray paint in the shed and they work OK come spring. Do you think my MinWax stain and poly would be OK? I’m in MD, on the shore. The lowest it gets is in the 20’s. My shop is insulated, but only heated when used.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 07:52 AM

I leave all my stain and poly in my shop and have never had any problems.

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#2 posted 11-29-2010 10:46 AM

I have a couple of metal cabinets in the shop to hold all of the stuff. My shop is heated to at least 70 in the winter to support my shop possum but in the old shop I had problems with the non oil based stains. Latex paints, and water based stains and other finnishes have a hard time if frozen.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#3 posted 11-29-2010 03:48 PM

I have been bringing all of my finishes into the house as the weather turns colder. Like you, my supply has grown and I would like to keep it in the shop. My garage is only heated when in use and when we have a cold snap, it is possible to be in the 20’s or even teens in there!

I have heard of using an incandescent light bulb inside a storage cabinet to maintain a temp above freezing. I would need to build a cabinet that would be suitable, but the bigger challenge is that I would want to have a thermostat to control the light.

Does anybody have any info on how to wire a thermostat/incandescent light setup? Most thermostats that I’ve seen run on some 24 millivolt system from a transformer. I’m not sure what stuff I would need to get that set up. I’m pretty handy with electrical stuff, but this one has me stumped.

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#4 posted 11-29-2010 05:07 PM

My paint/stain inventory has grown way too big, but I have a walkup attic over my shop (that has a door and is uninsulated). I framed in the area under the stairs and insulated it and put a door on it. I had some crude shelving in it before and I found it near impossible to get to the back. So this time I built a rollout cabinet and so far have loved it (other than I seem to need to drag it out too often). I use a 30W lightbulb when the temperature drops below 30 degrees and it will heat it to 65-70 degrees. I don’t worry about a thermostat since I’m not heating it that high. I’ve got a RV parked next to the shop and I use a lightbulb on a timer (one of those that you plug a lamp into, when you’re on vacation). I’ve had no issues with either one.

-- Craig, Oklahoma

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