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Winter storage of water based paint

With winter fast approaching has anyone got any suggestions for protecting the water based paints in the van? don’t fancy bringing it all inside the house!

Best bet is not to leave them in the van. I’ve done it and been caught out and had ruined paint.

If it’s wrapped or covered in a dust sheet it might be ok for a day or so but long term it’s worth moving them

Wonder if lining the van with thermal linning would help or polystyrene

From International paints

Water-borne products should be stored in covered, dry conditions and stored in the temperature range 4°C (40°F) to 35°C (95°F). Ideal application temperature and hence storage temperature is between 15°C (60°F) and 25°C (77°F).

Tikkurila recommend protect the Helmi range from frost and a minimum air temperature of 8 degrees for use (so you could equate their ideal storage temperature at 8 degrees in comparison to International 15 degree recommendations.)

Really, you would need to have a heater going in the van in deepest winter, or insulate it like the space shuttle?

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Where’s the best place - bring it in the house when temperatures drop, or outside shed. Wwhat’s the best solution? I am thinking of hiring a cupboard at one of these storage centers that’s proberly a better idea.

Put it in the loft if you can, heat rises and if its insulated its a good option

Or…use a tool ‘van vault’ or make one out of OSB board and line with celotex