We’re so up and down with warm days, cold days, snow then sun, rain then hail. So what’s a girl to do when she just wants to paint?
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When it comes down to painting, it’s important to know when cold is just too cold, and right now I’m just itching to get back out to the workshop. Winter has had its hold on me too long and my home is becoming overcrowded with pieces in various stages of development.
If you’re like me and the majority of painting happens in an outdoor space or a space with little heating, it is critical to ensure the temperature in which you are painting has reached at least 10° C (50° F) and remains steadily at this temperature without a dramatic drop.
Yes, paint can freeze. And if you’re in the middle of a project and you are noticing streaking or uneven finishes, chances are your paint is too cold.
Paint color and consistency: does it seem right to you? Is the color off? Is the paint thick or chunky?
- Frozen paint can look an awful lot like cottage cheese so if you’ve opened up your can and this is what you find, chances are your paint has frozen or started to freeze.
Is your finished piece starting to peel or crack?
- Paint that is too cold or that has frozen will not hold up over time and may be susceptible to cracking due to uneven curing.
Have you noticed mildew forming on your painted piece?
- Colder temperatures can promote moisture and this moisture can form a dew on the top-most film on your painted piece while curing. This can cause mildew.
Is your paint streaking or do you have an uneven finish?
- Water in water-based paint (as opposed to oil paint) will evaporate too slowly in cold temperatures, which will cause streaking.
- If your piece has been in the cold and you’re bringing it inside to paint, ensure you let the piece warm up to the temperature inside your home before applying paint.
- If your paint has frozen you may be able to salvage it. Thaw out the paint naturally (allow to thaw over several hours and do not add heat to quicken the process). After it has thawed give it a good stir. Do you still notice chunks or a grainy texture? If so, this may mean the paint will be useless, but if it’s not too grainy, you may be able to strain it using a sifter.
- Store your paint inside in the winter, preferably in a dry area of your home with very little moisture.
If you recall, we had quite a warm fall and I was able to continue painting in the workshop late into the season. This, however, is what my front room looked like after a sudden drop in temperature!
On my wish list for our next home? A fully insulated, fully heated workshop! In the meantime, I’m counting down the days to spring and some warmth and sunshine!
Bring it on!