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Old 12-04-2016, 01:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an unheated garage which I use as a workshop. I am curious if I can apply a CA finish to a pen when the temperature is around 40 degrees. I'm sure the cure time would be long, but I don't know if it will hurt the look of the finish when complete. I can turn some pens and wait until spring to finish them, but I was just curious as to how cold I can get away with applying the CA. Thanks.
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Old 12-04-2016, 02:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You can apply it in those temps. It works best if you shoot a little accelarator on each coat.
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Old 12-04-2016, 05:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm sure Chuck is right. To be as sure as possible given your brand, you can always apply a coat to an unturned blank and then see what a shot a accelerator will do.
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Old 12-04-2016, 06:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I do it without problems in temps colder than that.

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Old 12-04-2016, 06:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I also do it in temps colder than that. I only apply accelerator on the last coat. So far no problems. BTW, I have also applied CA when it was raining and my garage door open. Also no problems.
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Old 12-04-2016, 07:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Try it tomorrow! Turn, finish, put it in your refrigerator ! It should be about 40 degrees. Use scrap wood with no tube for a trial.

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Old 12-04-2016, 07:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Scott, cyanoacrylate glues do not use heat or evaporation for "drying". They cure thru a chemical reaction with the moisture in the air. Any temp should do.
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Old 12-05-2016, 02:30 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks. Just didn't want to get into a situation where I was ruining what I had worked on. Appreciate the responses.
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:45 AM   #9 (permalink)
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You could keep your CA and blanks in the house till ready to finish. I work in the garage and deal with the temps as well. An electric heater helps in the winter but takes a long time to warm up.
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Old 12-05-2016, 09:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I will throw my 2 cents in here even though all these people are not having problems, I found that if you do any kind of finishing where you start in the cold and then bring indoors to a heated room the moisture will fog the finish so just be ware this may or may not occur. That possibility is there.
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