People often delay coating timber during the colder months of the year due to fear of the coating not drying or taking too long to dry – and rightly so! On the other hand, sometimes people are applying in the wrong conditions and causing themselves a wide range of issues. We don’t recommend coating in conditions where the surface temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius. Note – surface temperature – not ambient temperature. This means that, while it might be 14 degrees outside, the surface being coated could be 8 degrees. Applying to timber (inside or outside) at this temperature can cause:
To give your project the best chance of drying – always choose a water based product; water based coatings dry faster than their solvent based equivalents, and are more robust when applied to cooler temperatures.
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