When summer arrives and temperatures rising, extreme weather conditions can be quite a challenge when you lacquer and oiling surfaces. Whether you are an experienced DIYer or a professional, it is important to take some precautions and apply the right techniques to get the best end results. In this article, we share some useful tips for varnishing and oiling in extreme heat.
It’s all about timing
When you lacquer and oiling surfaces, it is crucial to consider the weather conditions. Extreme heat can shorten the drying time of the lacquer, which can result in uneven coverage. In the case of extreme heat, start your day extra early. During a warm day a space will warm up gradually, meaning the heat can’t leave towards the evening. Therefore, we recommend to lacquer/oil surfaces early in the morning.
Prepare the surface properly
Proper surface preparation is essential for a long-lasting, high-quality finish. Make sure the surface is clean, dry and dust free. If necessary, use a suitable cleaner and sufficiently sand the surface to ensure a strong adhesion.
Choose the right lacquer or oil
Not all lacquers and oils are suitable to use during heat. Therefore, we always advice you to consult the manufacturer’s instructions or do not hesitate to ask advice from one of our specialists. This way, you will always know what the best way is to use the product.
Apply sufficient product
During a warm day lacquers and oils will dry much quicker due to the heat. Causing that the different lanes you lacquer won’t have enough time to flow into each other. This can cause imperfections. In order to prevent this, we recommend using enough lacquer.
Protect the floor from direct sunlight
Exposure to direct sunlight during drying can lead to unwanted effects, such as discolouration or air bubbles in your work. Try to protect the surface from direct sunlight by taping windows so that the sun never shines directly on the floor.
Be prepared for the summer and if you need any advice. Do not hesitate and contact one of our specialists.CONTACT US