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Primed exterior wood over winter

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by quaritch, 19 Dec 2018.

  1. quaritch

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    Hi

    I stripped my wooden backdoor frame earlier in the year intended to repaint ut but due to a series of unfortunate events i never got a chance to do it. I now have time and money, but i understand that painting outside in cold weather is not recommended due to the damp getting to the paint before it dries. I have gone ahead and primed it anyway in an attempt to protect the wood, but would people recommend A) leaving it like that until spring and then painting or B) wait for a few good days and paint it sooner rather than later?

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  2. Notch7

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    I hope the primer you used was solvent based not waterbased -waterbased need about 12degrees+ to cure

    I would leave until after Xmas to allow primer chance to cure fully.

    Then Id be tempted to put on a thin top coat on a fully dry day, then leave until spring for a rub down and final coat.

    You could leave as primer finish, but Im not sure that woul give enough weather protection for say 4 months.
     
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  4. quaritch

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    Thanks Notch, ill give that a go and cross my fingers! I used Sandtex Exterior Primer, i believe it is solvent based.

    Cheers

    PS when i did the priming i left a portable oil radiator in the doorway to keep the temperature up, is that worth doing or is it a waste of time?
     
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    Have I read that correctly?

    A thin topcoat over primer?

    Would undercoat be better than topcoat for the time being?

    I would have expected the thin topcoat to need more preparation for subsequent coats next year when the weather is better.

    Could be wrong of course.
     
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    I am currently painting the exterior of a house at the moment. The client has just had the re-pointing done and didn't want to pay for scaffolding twice.

    I am using the Dulux Trade (oil based) range of paints. Temperature is not (too much of) a problem. I can add terebene to speed up the curing process. The cold does make the paints thicker but I can add Owatrol and a bit of white spirits to help the paint flow.

    Rain however is more of a problem. At this time of the year I will not gloss if rain is predicted in the next 4 to 6 hours. Additionally, I try not to gloss after 1pm as the early evening due will dull the sheen level.

    For the record the Dulux Trade Weathershield undercoat has a slightly shiny finish. At home, I have left exterior woodwork with the undercoat on for years and it has been fine.
     
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