Does Climate Effect A Paint Job?
Answers for applying paint jobs in certain climates and how some cars need additional care – for long term use – in certain climates.
Putting together an excellent an excellent paint job is at the top of every spray paint booth list, but what if the climate in the area isn’t going to let it happen? With this being said, we’ve complied some excellent information as to safe climates for paint application.
Painting In the Winter Season
As unappealing as it may sound, some individuals are forced – or attempt – to paint their car in the colder season. Between the less than pleasant temperatures and the deterrence of a positive outlook for a slick paint job, here’s a look at some things to consider before painting your car in the winter.
- Low Temperature Paint Problems – Since there’s an excessive chance of high film thickness which leads to orange peeling and solvent popping, working in areas of low temperature is not advised. In worst case scenarios, low temperatures can lead to a re-application of a paint job or need to remove all paint… ultimately reversing any job done beforehand. In addition to this, a low temperature makes it harder for the paint to dry or cause the paint to run and drip.
- Ventilated Paint Area – With an ideal temperature for spray paint booths averaging between 76 and 60 degrees, it only allows a small window of time to paint a car outside with full ventilation. However, the best bet to ensure a great paint job would be operating with a spray paint booth that’s insulated, well lit, heated, humidity controlled and well ventilated. Some spray paint booths have gone the extra mile by applying heated concrete in their garage – as cold flooring car suck the warmth out of an area very quickly. It cannot be stressed enough that the spray paint booth needs to be well ventilated as air dust particles can destroy an excellent job… in addition to the fumes being very flammable.
- Condensation – With temperatures varying drastically between the outdoors and indoors, avoiding condensation is essential for a great looking paint job. A cold car and a warm garage don’t mix, which is the culprit for condensation on a vehicle. Condensation creates adhesion issues whenever paint is applied due to the thin, barely noticeable layer of water on the car. The safest route to avoid this is to let the vehicle sit from four to five hours in proper temperature before paint is applied. Not only it allows the condensation to evaporate, but allow the paint to stick to the vehicle without causing other problems.
- Remove De-Icing Salts – Keeping a clean car before painting is essential, as any particle such as dirt or dust can render a paint job useless. De-icing salt is no stranger to ruining paint jobs, as it can destroy a finish in addition to the damage it can create on the underside. For cleaning a vehicle, silicone remover that’s water-based can easily get the job done for a clean car. Since salt doesn’t stand a chance against water, you’ll be in the clear once used for cleaning your vehicle before a paint job.
Following these simple steps will not only save you the time and complications that come with painting a vehicle in the winter, yet assures you that a touch up isn’t needed afterwards in the warmer weather. With this being said, eliminating a possible redo of a paint job not only makes time spent in a spray paint booth worthwhile… but keeps you impressing on the road more often.