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01-23-2012 09:30 AM
alanr77 Wow Squidd, I wouldn't even get out of bed at -12....let alone paint. We are having a warm winter, it hit mid 70's this weekend. I do believe I could have painted, but, alas, I continued to work on the brightwork at home. I now think that everything else should be done before I begin painting. The paint is the easy part. Come to think of it, I still need to replace all my window seals. I mainly just wanted to get the primer coats down to make it seem like I was making progress. I have been working on this boat for over a year total and it does not really look any better than when I bought it. My question was in regards to proper paint application at different temps. I didn't want to lay down a coat of primer only to have it not attach properly due to the surface temp of the fiberglass being to low. Ambient temp is easy to control. Surface temp is not. And, as others have pointed out, condensation becomes an issue as the temps drop. So....better to play it safe and wait. The way things are looking, come March, everything will be prepped and ready. Then over a week the boat will magically transform with each new coat of paint and varnish. Leaving me with a fully restored interior...I hope :/
01-22-2012 11:32 AM
Squidd Wow ...50s and 60s...?

Around here it's -12 and I'm waiting for days where it warms UP to 40* so I can paint...

A couple 100 watt bulbs and a small electric heater and I can keep the interior 55 or above as long as it doesn't go much below 20* at night...of course my boat is in a barn and out of direct weather...

On the other hand I'm not doing "paint" rather Cetol on the interior (and we all know what a sin that is...)

OTO,OH...don't have the condensation problem when the humidity is all frozen and laying out on the ground...
01-22-2012 10:44 AM
Rockter Alan :

I really would wait until the summer. If I tried that in my beloved Loch Ness, in winter, there would be condensation everywhere and nothing would stick.

Like you, I have been taking home all the bits I could over the winter. It is so much easier in the front room beside the wee heater.
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01-22-2012 01:59 AM
alanr77 Yes, I have tons of brightwork that I have been refinishing in my garage and work room. Basically, every piece that could be unscrewed is at home- and mostly done. I have a garage full of parts- rigging, chainplates ect. that I am waiting to install. I just needed to hear it from others. Thanks
01-20-2012 07:57 PM
bljones
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just want to see some progress......
Any parts that you can take off and take home and paint in the basement? Any brightwork to be varnished? I know what you mean about slogging through the gruntwork and getting antsy to get some shine on and feel like something, anything, is done. That's why I like to intersperse the big projects with little hit-and-run jobs, like varnishing a magazine rack or somesuch.
01-20-2012 07:56 PM
Brent Swain A friend had problems getting his paint to dry in winter ,until he installed a dehumidifier. Then it dried quickly.
01-20-2012 07:06 PM
JR828 Dont do it! I am literally in the same proverbial boat. wait until it gets warmer and use this time for prep work: removing things, sanding, planning, We have mild winters but very wet dewy mornings that kill hard work.
01-20-2012 03:01 PM
MarkSF Don't forget you'll be painting in a confined space. The fumes from polyurethane paint are nasty. You need plenty of ventilation, and ideally an organic vapour filtering respirator.
01-20-2012 01:07 PM
alanr77 Yeah, thats what I was thinking. The project list is long so there are plenty of other things to do. I have been working on, sanding and filling the interior of this boat every day for two months and just want to see some progress...... I think it would be smart to just wait.
01-20-2012 12:34 PM
Barquito The night time lows in Savannah only get down to 40F or so. With a short stretch of slightly warmer temps and a couple of 300 watt shop lights, I bet the temp would easily stay above 50F inside the boat. Condensation still could be a problem.
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