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post #1 of 8 Old 05-01-2011, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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No Heat in my Shop....?

Well guys, I don't have any heat in my shop, does that mean i can't store stain and paint in there during winter months?

Will this hurt stains and/or paint?

When I find a color I like (stain), I like to have a little extra around. In a year or two, I will have to re-stain because of "wear".

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Solvent/oil base, will be fine.

Water base... not so much.

Dont freeze your glue either.

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Well guys, I don't have any heat in my shop, does that mean i can't store stain and paint in there during winter months?

Will this hurt stains and/or paint?

When I find a color I like (stain), I like to have a little extra around. In a year or two, I will have to re-stain because of "wear".

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To answer that question you must tell us just how cold it gets in your shop. Have you ever put a thermometer in there.

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Here in Minnesota I do not heat shop except when working.
I store all of my oil base in shop.
Everything else goes into house. At twenty or thirty below if anything freezes it's history.
I don't think paint stores very long even indoors. But am not expert.
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I have the same problem (Michigan). I try to store most of that stuff indoors during those months. Also if the stain doesn't have overwhelming fumes I will bring it inside to put on the finish coat but be careful that you still have some ventilation and other safety measures. Also as far as would movement and acclimation etc I would bring in your pieces a ways ahead of time as well...
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I've seen it -27 F for a week at a time, hit -60 below once, but usually we might get one or two days in a row that hit -35. Not all that common, but it does happen.

Makes for great 'yote hunting, but not good to work in, or do any wood working, if you can help it.

Can all oil stains survive the winters cold, to be used another year? I like to buy 5 gallons at a time, but may not get it all used up.

Thanks for the help guys!
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Water based paint will freeze. Oil based paint and stains can and will separate in extreme cold weather. Also you have to consider summer time heat in your garage. That isn't good either, could go BOOM!! General rule of thumb is try to keep all paint/stains between 50-80 degrees. Also remember paint/stains do not keep forever. I've been around paint my whole life since my dad, grandpa and great grandpa sold and/or applied paint.

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Just bring your leftovers inside and stuff it in a closet somewhere til spring. Also, as mentioned, freezing makes for sad glue.

The upside to severely cold weather? Good wood-splittin' weather!

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