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Old 04-26-2011, 04:53 PM   #1
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I know there have been discussions on here about people using melamine paint to repaint all the fiberglass cupboards and benches.

My wife and I are looking at doing the same and would like to do it soon but was wondering if anyone had any experience or suggestions about what the temperature should be to make sure the paint will adhere and dry properly.
Our 13" 1976 Scamp is currently stored in an unheated garage and the temps have been around 50 or higher during the day here in Ontario. Could we get away with getting her painted before the May long weekend?? Anyones experience or help would be appreciated.
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:25 PM   #2
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Take it from one who has 'survived' this process, DON'T bother tryin doing this at THAT temp. The warmer it is out (I'd reccommend about 65+ outside) the better paint job you'll get and the quicker the dry time will be..., but then again THATS just me, YOUR results may vary, LOL!!!

Patience, Brian, patience....
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:29 PM   #3
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I'm in the same boat, going to follow this thread. Have you purchased paint yet Brian? Usually it says on the back right?
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Maggie I was told by the guy at the paint store that it should be around 55 or more during the day and not dip much below this overnight when using melamine otherwise there could be issues...so unless things get substantially warmer in this area before the May long weekend I will have to take Dougs advice and have some patience. My wife is worse then I am she asked if we could throw a heater inside the trailer and leave it running but I told her it wouldn't be the same and the paint may not cure or dry properly.
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If you are painting interior parts a heater will certainly speed curing of most any paint. Even just a fan helps by keeping the air moving. If you are using a solvent based paint using a fan to exhaust the fumes is a good idea. An ideal combination is a small "milk house " heater with a fan and thermostat. You should be able to keep the inside of a small egg 70 degrees with one. Be careful with sparks, flames, etc. while the solvent off gassing is still volatile. You should be able to heat the inside of a garage with a small heater if your concerned about there being a heater in the trailer. Good luck.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:32 AM   #6
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I know this thread is a few months old. I just wanted to let everyone in Ontario know that I was told yesterday at Home Depot that the Ontario Government is making melamine paint illegal. I think it`s supposed to go through for next year. They had none instock at the one I went to and Canadian tire only had it in a medium base, I wanted white. I only know what the worker at HD told me, so I don`t know the validity of it.

We need to paint both the gel coated fiberglass and the cupboard doors. The lady at Home Depot suggested the Behr 2 in one for the doors. I don`t think this will hold up, but I may do a test spot since I have a can at home.

Can anyone suggest anything else?
I was thinking of doing autobody paint on the fiberglass, but it's rather expensive and I would need a clear coat. I was wondering if anyone has tried waterbased paints with clear coat top.
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Can anyone suggest anything else?
I was thinking of doing autobody paint on the fiberglass, but it's rather expensive and I would need a clear coat. I was wondering if anyone has tried waterbased paints with clear coat top.
Hi, Barb

You might check out a thread discussion from earlier this year on the subject of Melamine Paint.
It's at Where do I buy Melamine Paint????????

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