How to Keep Paint from Freezing in the Garage
Painting is one of the best DIY projects for a homeowner to tackle. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be very handy, you can dramatically upgrade the look and feel of parts of your home simply by applying a fresh coat of paint. But, of course, when the painting is complete, there will likely be some leftovers – and storing those cans in the garage is the obvious solution.
Most of the time, storing paint cans in your garage will work nicely. However, when freezing temperatures move in, you might face some problems. Specifically, ice can develop within the paint, likely ruining it. Therefore, to ensure you can use your stored paint on future projects, you must find a way to prevent it from freezing. That’s the issue we are going to tackle in this article.
Grab a Blanket or Towel
If you already have some paint cans in your garage and cold weather is coming, you might need a quick solution. First, consider wrapping some old blankets or towels around the paint cans before the temperatures drop too low. With this method, you’ll provide a layer of insulation to the paint, which might be enough to keep it from slipping too far under the freezing mark.
Remember that your garage floor may be frigid when using this method, so protect the paint cans from below, too. The solution is simple: Move cans up to a shelf where they can be wrapped in a blanket, or put a blanket on the ground under the cans and then wrap them up. This technique probably won’t get the job done throughout a long winter, but this may do the trick if you have a cold snap coming and want to save your paint.
Insulate the Garage
The idea above involved insulating individual paint cans or a group of cans. With that in mind, why not go a step further and insulate the entire garage? That will be a more convenient, effective solution and help more than just the paint cans when cold weather arrives. Fortunately, American Carports, Inc. makes adding insulation to your metal garage easy when you order from us, so be sure to request this helpful feature.
Insulation in your garage will help neutralize the temperature swings throughout the year, from winter to summer. As a result, the space will be friendlier to the things you have stored inside, and it will be more comfortable when you want to spend time there. Given the modest additional cost of having insulation included with your detached garage and the significant impact it can have once in place, this decision is an easy one.
Look Into Additives
Even with insulation in place, you might find that the temperatures in your garage still get down near the freezing mark when the weather is below freezing. If you live in such a climate, look into freeze-thaw-stabilizing products to add to your paint. This is a chemical that you can add to the paint cans per the manufacturer’s instructions, and it will help keep the paint in good condition even in the cold. Then, when the time comes to use the paint again, you should be able to stir it up thoroughly and have it work correctly for you. Of course, you’ll want to wait until the temperatures rise above freezing to use your paint, as applying paint in such cold weather would be a recipe for disaster.
American Carports Has You Covered
Taking some simple steps will allow you to prevent paint from freezing in your garage, but it all starts with having the right garage in place for your needs. For that, there is no better partner than American Carports, Inc. With endless customization options, you’ll find it easy to create the perfect structure for your property. Thank you for visiting, and we hope to work with you soon!