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  • PU, stain, glue etc and freezing

    I am cleaning my shop. Living in Minnesota, all material in the shop are exposed to temperatures between (roughly) -20F and 100F. Now I wonder what materials will survive that without loss in performance. I would think latex paint is probably gone, as is water-based PU. But what about:

    - Oil-based PU
    - PU based glue (Gorilla etc)
    - CA
    - Oil-based stain
    - Water-based stain
    - Tung oil

    Thanks

    Gerd

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    I can't say for certain, but most finishes and glues should be kept from extreme temperatures. I quit keeping all my glues and finishes out in the shop a few years ago. I have noticed that they last a lot longer now. I was more concerned with the lengthly periods of high heat that we get down here. My General Finishes stains state "Keep from Freezing" on the label.

    I converted an old rackmount server cabinet into my finishes cabinet inside the house. I made several boxes/treys with handle cutouts so they can be easily moved out to the shop for the day. Normally, I just grab the can of wax and bottle of glue before I head out to my shed. I also keep my tapes in there too.

    I read a good article by Bob Flexner on storing finishes recently. http://www.popularwoodworking.com/ar...nish_materials Some good info in there.
    Erik

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    • #3
      It just so happens that I was reading my can of poly yesterday (Minwax) and it stated "Keep from freezing".


      CWS
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      • #4
        "Keep from Freezing" - I wonder how that is to be interpreted? "Freezing" means different temps to different liquids. It would be nice for them to give a more specific answer.

        I can see water based finishes freezing between around 32 to 25F, where as oil based can go way down to below 20F.

        So, I wonder if the labels mean freezing as in 32, or as in the liquid itself freezing.
        Hank Lee

        Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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        • #5
          maybe keep a portable tray or box of common finishes and glues you can take to the shop when you work... you should definately keep them from extreme temperatures - like less than 40 F or so and not more than about 80 F.
          Loring in Katy, TX USA
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          • #6
            If a can of Minwax Poly freezes, it stays milky white even after it dries. That stuff is really hard to sand off, by the way.
            Chr's
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