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Does anyone have any tips for priming models in winter (in Canada)?
I have heard not to spray paint when it is cold outside though I don't know why it is a problem - and I'd rather not sacrifice models to discover why.
I live in a tiny apartment with almost zero ventilation so painting indoors is out of the question. Any suggestions on what to do? A this point I think I have to wait until spring
I would suggest priming on a porch or someplace near the house. As soon as you finish the coat, run it inside and place it next to a heater/radiator. But before you do anything do a test model or piece of sprue. Don't try the brush on though, it sucks imo
Heh, I'm afraid that a brush and a pot o'Chaos Black is your way to go. Otherwise you could ask a friend with a better ventilated accomodation to lend his/her flat for a while, dunno.
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I've primed in -10 before without problems, so I'm not sure why not... could someone clarify for me the problem?
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Every paint/primer is rated as far as what temperatures it works best at. That is the case for many items: TVs, printers, engine oils, brake fluids, rubber tires etc. Outside of that range of temperatures you are not getting the best performance, or you might get some funky things happen or things might refuse to work at all...
I never attempted to spray outside in cold, but I can tell you that I primed some things on a very humid day and it did not turn out that well for the models. Also had the same problem with clear varnish on a humid day...
As far as priming, you can perhaps look for someone in your family that has a heated garage or basement where they do not mind some fumes?
Or perhaps your local hobby store could help you with that if you buy their models?
Also, in art stores, you can pick up a "brush-on" primer. I do have a bottle of that at home, but I am not sure of brand name. It is called GESSO in art terminology though. People that paint models have been using it when no regular primer can be applied.
I am not sure if that would work on resin, so hopefully you work with metal or plastic at the moment.
The last alternative would be to just keep playing and modeling until the spring arrives By then you could have another army ready for priming...
Thanks everyone You guys are great.
I've primed in the dead of winter with snow on the ground and everything. No ill effects that I could see, if anything it helped spawn one of my better looking models. I was even using $1 flat black spray paint from Lowe's/Home Depot.
What I have been doing is getting a flat board, newspapering it, putting it in the bathroom, make sure you news paper everything that might get painted. Then I open the window in the bathroom, spray. And then I just close the bathroom door while it ventilates, sure the apt drops a few degrees but i dont have to brave the elements. works for me.=)