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    I live in Arizona and don't have to put up with a lot of the cold like most of you. My shop is unheated and because of this I tend to not do any finishing in the evening. What if any differance is there if I do finish pieces in the colder temps? Mostly I use Mylands Antique Oil.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Dennis, I to live in Arizona and on a day like today I wouldn't even try to finish anything. Pretty much don't bother trying if the temp is below 60 and preferably above 70.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    sydney australia
    Gloss finish is better with high or hot temps, satin may well need warmth to go off depending what type it is. I use WOP a lot and sometimes bring it into the house to go off over night if its wet and cold in the shed.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Same as Don, in Southern California I'll typically try to get the shop temp to 60º or more before trying to use a film finish like Antique Oil. Sometimes all it takes is my little electric space heater, but if it's too cold, I've run into curing problems.
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    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    another vote for above 65º
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    If we're having cold weather over here, I turn on a couple of small electric heaters to get the shop and materials up to 60° before wiping or spraying. If it's the first level of finish using an oil rub, I allow 3-4 days before sealing, whereas in warmer weather it might take only 2 days.

    Down here, I might actually have more of an issue spraying in warm or hot weather if it gets real humid. There have been times that I had to wait a couple of days for a weather system to change to spray lacquer.
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
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