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Cold Weather Painting

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  • Member since
    January 2006
  • From: Lancaster , Pa
Cold Weather Painting
Posted by rtodd on Saturday, January 2, 2021 10:07 AM

First off, hope everyone had a nice holiday and wishing all a Happy New Year! My question is, does anyone continue painting during the winter when it's cold? I use both rattle cans and airbrush during good weather but when it get cold out, I find the paint seen to get a grainy look to it. I started heating the cans and it seems to help but for airbrushing I can't come up with any ideas. I paint in my garage and the temperature tends to run between 50-60 degrees. Any advice would be great.


  • Member since
    March 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Saturday, January 2, 2021 11:40 AM

While I rarely use spaycans, for large area prime coats only, I find them quite adaptable to a temperature range. I do ensure the can is warm enough to spray well and lay down a smooth coat, the can only needs to be a comfortable room temp.

My garage gets very cold, but my spray booth area is easily heated to 60+ with a small conical space heater from Costco, it's surprising how effective it can be. 

I would avoid heating the can close to a heat source, or placing in hot water, that has the potential to create a can rupture. I have heard of that happening.


  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, January 2, 2021 1:10 PM
I airbrush in my basement,the coldest is between 55-60 have not needed any adjustments or encountered any problems.Just for me,I bought a small tower heater.

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, January 2, 2021 3:51 PM

I also paint in the garage and live in Maryland.  I purchased a space heater for the garage, roughly 300 sq feet,  and found it works pretty good.  Can't recall the brand but it works on electricity and I purchased at Lowe's for around $100.  It has a built in temp  gauge and when it reaches 60 degrees Fahrenheit I shoot paint.   It does take several hours to reach 60 if it's in the 30 degree range outside.  

  • Member since
    January 2006
  • From: Lancaster , Pa
Posted by rtodd on Saturday, January 2, 2021 5:13 PM

Thanks for the info guys! Seems the consensus is I need to invest in a heater for the garage. Thanks Again

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 2, 2021 5:17 PM

I do but i have to be more thoughtful especially if useing acrylics. The winters here can be cold and damp and that can slow drying, somthing i have notice dthis year useing MiG paints. I tend to try and paint on a morning, so that tends to mean weekends, that way i am nopt leaving fresh paint over night. If need be, i will bring the model in to the house to help it dry.

I have never had any issues with enamels and thats what i tend to use most.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, January 3, 2021 6:36 AM

Be aware that rattle cans cool rapidly as you use them.  I was using a Propel can for my first airbrush, before I bought a compressor.  I had the bright idea of putting the can in a bowl of warm water.  I would shake the can every minute or two.  At one point I picked up the can and the bowl came with it!  The water had frozen.  That was when I realized that I really needed to buy a compressor (ambient temp in shop was normal room temp).


Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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