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Forum topic by perfesser posted 12-04-2017 06:32 PM 209 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2017 06:32 PM

Anyone else have problems getting Arm-R-Seal to dry to a nice smooth coat in their 60F degree basement this time of year? The piece I finished with one coat and let dry in the garage over a month ago looks great, I can’t get the same finish out of anything since it’s gotten cold and I’ve had to evacuate the garage. I’m thinking 40F is worse than 60F even. I’m also guessing the RH is lower in the house basement.

-- in the garage, making sawdust..


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#1 posted 12-04-2017 06:36 PM

If you can get the temp up to 65°F you will have better luck.

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#2 posted 12-04-2017 06:38 PM

A space heater will help take the edge off the cold and make things better. I’ve not had any problems at ~55-60F, but lower than that I could see being a problem.

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#3 posted 12-04-2017 07:58 PM

the surface is ending up almost gritty as opposed to smooth. very strange. no visible puckering or crazing or anything like that but after drying over night just doesn’t feel smooth. First piece from the garage drying is awesome!

-- in the garage, making sawdust..

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#4 posted 12-04-2017 08:05 PM

the surface is ending up almost gritty as opposed to smooth. very strange.

Possibly due to dust settling on the finish before it cures, the slower it cures the more dust can fall on it.

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#5 posted 12-04-2017 08:07 PM

gritty on the bottom? I understand on the top. but this is any side. just strange. but it is my first time using Arm-R-Seal also.

-- in the garage, making sawdust..

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#6 posted 12-04-2017 08:32 PM

Be sure to strain it before you apply it, particularly if it’s a can that’s been opened already. Also, while some heat would help, just getting the air moving makes a huge difference. If you have a couple of fans around, fire them up. It doesn’t need too point right at the finish, just get the air circulating around it.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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