Stationary Engine List

Making the Most of Winter

| February/March 2003

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As members of the Stationary Engine Mailing List in the Northern Hemisphere got their first taste of winter weather, a couple of relevant subjects came under discussion. While winter is generally recognized as being a time to work on engine restoration projects, there are some things that are hampered by the cold weather, such as painting. But, if your shop is heated by a wood stove, can that be put to use in your efforts?

I've been wondering, how do you all paint your old iron in the winter? It sure makes a mess in the shed, and that modern paint is pretty nasty - I do wear a respirator. I have some ideas, but thought I'd ask the List, first. Right now I'm glazing the Economy 5 HP, and I'm wondering if you can warm up the metal and shoot it outside, at say 20° to 30° F above?

I can't offer much info on painting at 30° F. One option would be to find a body shop with a heated paint booth. If you have everything prepared and ready, the good guys will spray your stuff for you for a reasonable cost. I have done this in the past for some of my projects, and it has really helped out.

Personally, I like it to be as warm as possible when painting. What we do in the winter is heat up the shed early in the morning and warm up any parts we're going to paint. We then take our parts out of the shed (just the other side of the door) and give them their first coat of paint. Then it's back to the stove to warm up. Repeat this as often as needed and your parts will stay warm enough.

As usual, some comments are more helpful than others!

No, none of that works. Send it over to Australia. We will paint it in the heat to your liking and you can come and see it anytime you like. It's the only real solution