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    April 2021
Too hot to paint
Posted by Cafguy on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:50 AM

Hello from suny Bakersfield California.!  Where the weather is warm and sunny everyday of the year.  Only problem is right now in june and july, (Well in all summer months) the temps can average 95 and hit 110 reguarly. I usally take my painting chores out to the garage but damn right now there is just way to much heat. So what is the high temp that you would paint at and do you think that painting in outdoor temps above 100 effects the quality of the paintjob

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 10:05 PM

I've been painting in hot garages for many years. Usually my go/no go rule is when I'm sweating profusely. Where I used to live, that was usually in the upper 80s. Where I'm at now, with less humidity, it's a bit higher, into the low 90s. But the hotter it gets, enamels perform better than acrylics, especially in lower humidity situations. The tip dry with enamels is far less pronounced. I have an AC split unit in my garage now, so temps are no longer an issue. Which is good because outside high temps have been over 100 here for now since mid May.

 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 6:24 AM

I don't think I would want to work, model, or paint in a work space that was that hot.I wouldn't enjoy my hobby, and that's what hobbies are about, for me it would be too much like work to have endure those temps.

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    November 2018
Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 6:51 AM

I simply wouldn't do it, I'd buy a spray booth to put in my house where there is ac. Vent it ooutside. Or like Stik, ac the garage. That said, I've shot enamels in days gone by @95f and fairly high humidity. Came out good. I think the color is/ has more clarity when it's 75 and low humifity but certainly tolerable. Hotter than that I just wouldn't even bother because physically that's about my limit if there is any humidity around.

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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 8:50 AM

Where I live you may be able to airbrush in the garage maybe 6-8 weeks in the spring & 6-8 weeks in the fall.   The other times it is too hot & humid or too cold.   Enamel paints with solvent smells were just not working for me.  Limited time to paint.

I moved inside and switched to acrylics to bypass the solvent odor.  Bought a spray booth and learned an acrylic technique which works for me.   I do still use a tank-type shop compressor (1.5 gallon pancake) that is noisy, but it only makes that noise while the tank fills then cuts off.     My technique, production, and quality have improved

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Posted by Cafguy on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 9:41 AM

EdGrune

Where I live you may be able to airbrush in the garage maybe 6-8 weeks in the spring & 6-8 weeks in the fall.   The other times it is too hot & humid or too cold.   Enamel paints with solvent smells were just not working for me.  Limited time to paint.

I moved inside and switched to acrylics to bypass the solvent odor.  Bought a spray booth and learned an acrylic technique which works for me.   I do still use a tank-type shop compressor (1.5 gallon pancake) that is noisy, but it only makes that noise while the tank fills then cuts off.     My technique, production, and quality have improved

 

I Have been spraying The model air paint indoors eversince I got my 100 dollar spray booth (love it) But I have a HUGE collection of Testors enamel and Tamiya laquer (SPELLING FART) so I don't see myself going total acrylic for a few years.  I really have enjoyed learning how to use them. More so than other paints it takes ALOT of patience and advice to get good results.  model color took me about a dozen jars and 2 or three dozen water bottles to get a mixing ratio that worked for me.

A/C in the garage would be nice but everytime I plan a trip to Lowes Hobbylinc has a sale.

I bought a small compresor for indoors that makes very little niose. A buddy of mine uses air bottles from the welding supply store. once my commpresor dies I will do the same  I think thats the best way to supply air indoors cheap and easy

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    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Thursday, June 24, 2021 9:13 AM

If the spray booth has a good filter you will be surprised how much the odor is deminished.  In the winter I do not even vent mine outside in the winter, and the remaining odor with Testors enamel is quite tolerable.  Most of the odor is from evaporation of the paint from the small particles floating around in the air, and the filter prevents that many of the particles escaping into the air.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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