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December 9, 2008 6:37 AM Subscribe
Will clear finish/gloss still work in the cold?
posted by A Terrible Llama to home & garden (5 answers total)
I want to spray a bunch of handmade Christmas ornaments with a finish to protect them (it's acrylic on wood) and I have a can of "Design Master Clear Finish Gloss" which comes with a series of warnings on the can about how toxic it is and how in the case of overexposure, it can cause "cardiac sensitization" and other fun things.
I'm thinking I'd rather not inhale it, but it's cold outside (there's snow on the ground) and it says to use it in 70 degree or higher weather.
What do I do? I can do it in the basement, but a) it's the world's creepiest basement and b) I'm concerned that the fumes will just come through the vents and floor anyway.
I'd like to just use it in the garage, but what will happen? Does the instruction to use it in warmer temperatures mean it will just take longer to dry in the cold, or should I spray them out there and then bring them in to dry after spraying, or does this mean that in either case the finish won't preserve it as well or will crack or something and I should finish my Christmas tree ornaments in June?
It's supposed to take three minutes to dry, and you're supposed to do multiple coats.
I'm not very crafty and I've never done this before.