priming/painting a exterior door in the cold


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Old 03-02-21, 05:57 AM
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priming/painting a exterior door in the cold

I need to paint and prime a exterior door. The temp today is 25 to 35 degress outside. I am using oil base paint. Would it be okay to paint it? I am trying not to take the door off and paint it in a warm place. The door does swing inside so I could open it and cover the outside with plastic to retain some heat. How about also using a heater for extra heat or and a heat gun /hairdryer to warm the door before starting?
 
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Old 03-02-21, 06:18 AM
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Can you do it sure, would I no!

That paint will stay wet/tacky for days, just wait, spring is coming!
 
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This is a rental apt. I have to rent it out by April. Maybe I will just go ahead and take it off the hinge cover the storm door and paint it in a warm room.
 
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That would make the most sense.
 
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While oil base paint can withstand cold drying temps [will slow down the drying time] the door's surface should be at least 50° before you apply paint to it. Japan drier can be added to the paint to speed up drying in cold weather. Follow the directions! too much japan drier will suck the sheen out of the enamel.
 
 

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