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Winter will soon be (or already is) upon us (except for those of us in the southern hemisphere) and that means cold weather. Cold weather is not the friend of spray paint any more than hot is as best I understand it. Being addicted to painting as I am, this brings up the question of how am I supposed to prime my miniatures? I could use brush on primer... but I much prefer the nice thin coat that I get from spray paint.
What kind of luck have people had with spray painting in the cold? How cold can you really get away with. I'm sure this information is printed on the can and it's probably not entirely inacurate, however I thought I would see what kind of experiences people have had personally. For reference, I'm mostly concerned with using GW spray primer in temperatures between 30F-40F.
Cold is okay... cold and damp together will mean you get fuzzy minitures.
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so sorry i must say this... completely irrelivent but must be said... you could just G.S jerseys on your models so they arent cold... ja not funny... oh well it was the thought that counts.
my suggestion here is take a big empty box take a hankie... put minis in box, close room door, cover mouth with hankie and spray. leave room (to avoid fumes) when models start to dry enter with hankie in place... open windows and ventelate.
I spray in my cold basement, then bring up the minis and set them next to the heater vent. Did great last night with the new wave serpent.
I live in Northern USA and have to deal with cold alot. In the past my experiene with cold is to make sure that your can is room tempature before you spray. My cans are stored in my shed outside, so I bring them in an hour or so before I prime to make sure the can and contents are room tempature. Once you have sprayed the model, if you have a spare bedroom place the tray in the spare bedroom and shut the door. Make sure no children or animals are in the room at the time. Can't well ventilate when the tempature is 12 degrees. If you have no spare bedroom you will need to leave the models to dry outside. Under no situation should you ever bring the models inside and place them in a room where people or pets are in. Either seal it off or leave it outside.
If you leave them outside when the primer dries it will be a chalky type primer as it has not had timeto dry under heat. Called a cold dry. This primer could potentially rub off if your hands are oily or moist. If you do dry them outside once they are dry allow them to sit at room tempature for a day before painting. It will allow the primer to possibly bond better.
These are all different things I have experienced over the years.
I say just spray in your house. It really isn't a huge deal. Just don't deep inhale the fumes and ventilate as soon as you can and you won't have any problems. I have never sprayed outside. Of course I live in Southern California so I don't have the extreme temperatures than really effect paint - but why risk it right?
Primer is very difficult to remove. I wouldn't risk having something go wrong. If cleanliness is your big concern - like suggested above - get a nice large cardboard box, maybe some newspaper, or whatever to catch your overspray so as to not get it on anything.
The fumes really are the biggest concern. Cleanliness... well, box tops and newspaper handle that just fine. However, I've sprayed out on the balcony and had my girlfriend have to go to the bedroom just to get away from the smell.
Now that I think about it, maybe I should spray paint more often.
Seriously though, it's the fumes that I'm concerned about (regarding painting inside at least). I'd rather not subject myself to any more health risks than I really need to. So far it's looking like I'll have to try a quick hop outside with warm paint and just stock up on work for the winter.
Thanks for the advice and tips so far.
I wouldn't worry too much about it. Like I said I have always sprayed in the house - or now in my hobby room. What I do is usually spray the figures and leave the room and come back in half hour or so.
If the smell is too much for you and you simply can't open a window for a short while - I would hold off or use brush on primer. Save yourself some headaches of having to remove primer when/if it goes on bad.
I usually spray in my garage. It's never lower than about 50 degrees in the winter, with the door closed. Then you just open it either right as you start or right after you're done.
Oh, and that's stuff I did when I lived in D.C. too. (Although I admit Atlanta gets colder than I thought it would!)
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