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Ian Bruce
10-02-2006, 06:24 PM
I am totally new to acrylics, and I am heading out next week on my annual camping trip in the Maine woods. If the weather is good it will be well below freezing most nights and mornings. If it rains and snows it will be a little warmer but will still be somewhat below freezing some nights. How does acrylic stand up to these temperatures? Does it freeze right at 32 degrees fahrenheit or is there some ingredient that retards freezing somewhat? If I keep my paints in my sleeping bag so that they do not freeze will they function at low but not freezing temperatures or will they get thick and unmanageable? Would I be better off taking my watercolors--that I know will function even if the paint in the tubes is somewhat thicker than normal? I'd really like to find out soon, so I can make my plans. I will be packed up and on my way on Sunday morning. All information will be much appreciated!

dreamz
10-02-2006, 07:15 PM
MAN!!! in florida all I have to worry about is insects, sorry I cant help u

objectivistartist
10-02-2006, 07:50 PM
You worry about insects in Florida? Ye must notta gone native yet... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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fala
10-02-2006, 09:12 PM
I haven't tried it, but I have heard they don't work well in freezing temps. I think Larry Seiler here on wet canvas could tell you since he is a plein-air painter often in cold climates. He uses acyrlics and oils. The plein-air forum might be your best bet. Good luck, the trip sounds good.

2bears
10-03-2006, 12:44 AM
HI!
Whoa! I'm impressed. My idea of camping is...well there's no little shampoo samples. etc. I did find a thread for you , I hope the link works. If it doesn't you can search on the full title I think. It's plein air painters talking about painting in cold weather and paint freezing temps. Thought you might enjoy!

WetCanvas! > Explore Subjects > Artwork from Life > Plein Air
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Rose Queen
10-03-2006, 01:05 AM
Golden's website repeatedly warns againt allow the paint to reach freezing temperatures, as it will make the acrylics brittle.



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Einion
10-03-2006, 02:23 AM
How does acrylic stand up to these temperatures? Does it freeze right at 32 degrees fahrenheit or is there some ingredient that retards freezing somewhat?
Hi Ian, you won't be able to use the paint if it's frozen or getting close to it but as long as you don't expose your paints to this sort of thing too frequently they should hold up well. I'm stressing should here as paints are specifically made to withstand freeze/thaw cycles (ASTM D5098) but they can separate just from being upright in a rack (!) so there are no certainties.

I'm guessing that common tube acrylics will freeze at temps below that of water, if for no other reason than the humectants are commonly a form of anti-freeze.

If I keep my paints in my sleeping bag so that they do not freeze will they function at low but not freezing temperatures or will they get thick and unmanageable?
Yes, they' function. I've painted at temps close to freezing (roughly 2-5C... that's 36-41 F for you heathens in the US :D) and there was no real difference that I noticed in all honesty, other than the paint drying more slowly.

Do remember though, if you then go out to paint and the temp is still below 32 F the tubes will cool pretty quickly.

I'd second the suggestion of contacting Larry, I think it's likely he's used his acrylics in these sorts of conditions and he should be able to help with first-hand knowledge.

Golden's website repeatedly warns againt allow the paint to reach freezing temperatures, as it will make the acrylics brittle.
That's the paintings, not the paint :)

For those that haven't seen this before: you have to handle acrylic paintings more carefully than normally when the temp is both very low or very high as they get more brittle with cold and more tacky when very warm, so in both cases you wouldn't want to roll a canvas for example.

Einion