Best practises for spraying in cold weather

January and February are statistically the cruellest months in the UK for cold weather and can present a series of issues for those who regularly use lacquers. However, developing a deeper understanding of how low temperatures affect lacquer application and storage can help professionals be better prepared.

In an ideal world, lacquers should be applied in temperatures between 16 to 20 degrees Celsius for best results – but with temperatures currently averaging around 5 degrees, this simply isn’t possible. As temperatures drop, lacquers become more viscous, making it harder for them to stick to surfaces, meaning excessive thinning is often required. To compensate, finishers often spray heavier coats in an attempt to maintain a wet film. This results in a higher film build; which exceeds the recommended levels, resulting in a range of potential issues, including poor colour uniformity, to increased downtime for drying.

Here are our best practice tips for mitigating the challenges of colder weather.

Preparing surfaces

Cold surfaces can create further problems for lacquer effectively adhering, but there are some ways to minimise this. Specifically, be sure to give your surfaces a thorough wipe down before applying lacquer, looki