Low Temperature Paints

Low temperature paints, primers and repair materials which can be applied at sub-zero temperatures as low as -35 °C are available to buy today at Rawlins Paints. These specialist products are also known as cold-set paints, cold weather, or winter grade coatings. Essentially and importantly, these paints can cure at low temperatures – such as in cold storage facilities, industrial, coastal structures, pulp and paper plants, bridges and offshore environments, food manufacturing plants, and strictly monitored temperatures at chemical handling facilities – where there are no options to climatize the environment to standard room temperature and where one-coat systems are preferred. This greatly reduces any downtime required when performing maintenance upgrades or repair work to flooring or metal structural surfaces.

There are some standard and commonly used floor paints at Rawlins Paints which are also available in winter grade versions – for a more uniformed colour finish across different environmental areas, such as walk in freezers and the accompanying restaurant kitchen floor.

In the same way that heat resistant paints need to protect surfaces and substrates in high temperatures, cold-weather, or winter grade paints need to do the same in much colder conditions – often in sub-zero, freezing internal and external locations. Extremely cold conditions can prevent standard paint from drying at all, as opposed to heat, which can dry it too quickly.

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Jotun Penguard Pro Alu

This product is now only available with a minimum order of 800 litres; for smaller orders, we can recommend Jotun Penguard Universal or Jotun Jotacote Universal N10 as great alternatives. Jotun Penguard Pro Alu is a surface tolerant, aluminium pigmented, fast drying, high solids, high build product specially designed as a universal, all...

Price £233.31
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Jotun Penguard Pro GF

Jotun Penguard Pro GF is a glass flake reinforced, abrasion resistant epoxy coating that is surface tolerant, fast drying, high solids and high build. Specially designed for areas where increased abrasion and impact resistance is needed such as decks, walkways and landing areas Can be used as primer, mid coat, finish coat or as single coat...

Price £250.14
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Jotun Jota Armour WG

Jotun Jota Armour WG is a winter grade version of the standard Jota Armour to allow faster curing in lower temperatures. Three component Abrasion resistant Polyamine cured epoxy coating specially designed as an anti-skid coating Suitable for approved primers or directly on concrete substrates Coverage Calculator More Information...

Price £122.13
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709 MMA Damp Proof Primer

709 MMA Damp Proof Primer has been developed as a primer for damp concrete, being used prior to any of our MMA range of coatings, mortars, and screeds. Rapid cure, even at low temperatures - from as low as -30°C* Very good chemical resistance Excellent adhesion to damp concrete Impervious to water Pre-packed units ready for use Easily...

Price £85.05
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Jotun Balloxy HB Light WG

Jotun Balloxy HB Light WG is a `Wintergrade` version of Jotamastic 90 to aid application in lower temperatures and to provide faster drying and curing times. Jotun Balloxy HB Light WG is a surface tolerant, high solids, high build epoxy mastic coating for water ballast tanks. It is specially designed for areas where optimum surface preparation...

Price £182.19
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Jotun Penguard WF WG

Jotun Penguard WF WG is a two component, anti-corrosive water borne epoxy coating that is a versatile, fast drying product containing flash rust inhibitors. It cures down to 5°C and is specially designed for new construction where fast dry to handle and over coating times are required. Note: this product is made to order and has a minimum...

Price £207.44
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International Intergard 405

International Intergard 405 is a two component epoxy sealer coat, pigmented with micaceous iron oxide. Formulated on proprietary polymer technology, which provides rapid cure and overcoating, even at low temperatures. Provide efficient sealing of zinc silicate primers in order to prevent pinholing of subsequent topcoats Can also be used...

Price £261.58
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Sherwin-Williams Fast Clad ER

Sherwin-Williams Fast Clad ER is a solvent-free, epoxy tank lining that offers superior flexibility, excellent edge retention, film forming and high build properties. Fast Clad ER enables ultra fast return to service in as little as 24 hours. One coat protection Fast return to service Low VOC Low odour Dry to walk-on within four hours...

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Nullifire PM018 Primer or Top Seal Epoxy Coating

Nullifire PM018 Primer or Top Seal Epoxy Coating is a two-components modified epoxy coating. It is a heavy duty, high build coating for protection of steel in corrosive environments and is excellent for use at low temperatures.  Excellent immersion performance in both fresh and sea water. Suitable as a rust preventing coating in ballast...

Price £368.49
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PPG SigmaGuard 750

PPG SigmaGuard 730 is a two-component, moisture-curing zinc-rich (ethyl) silicate tank coating. For use as tank coating or as a system primer in various paint systems based on unsaponifiable binders, with a high zinc content that results in excellent corrosion protection. Tank coating with excellent solvent and chemical resistance To be...

Price £457.88
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Tikkurila Temabond WG 200

Tikkurila Temabond WG 200 is two-component, low temperature curing, aluminium pigmented high-solids modified epoxy metal paint. Good chemical, solvent and abrasion resistance, due to the aluminium pigments Especially used as a primer for steel surfaces difficult to clean in process and chemical industry and in water immersion Excellent...

Price £171.51
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Hempel Non-Skid 45340

Hempel Non-Skid 45340 is a two-component polyamide cured epoxy high build coating, it forms a hard, tough, abrasion resistant non-skid coating resistant to abrasion, impact, fresh water, seawater, diesel oil, splashes from petrol, jet fuel, lubricating oil and related products. Limited resistance to vegetable oils and to strong solvents such...

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These specialist coatings differ from common interpretations of cold-weather paints, which are designed to be applied to masonry, for example, in the winter months. Manufactured by Rust-Oleum, Jotun, Coo-Var, Sika, and Sherwin-Williams, amongst others, for industrial purposes, these coatings are some of the highest performing and protective coatings available at Rawlins Paints.

Curing at Low Temperatures

Some common drying and performance problems encountered when painting in colder conditions include:

  • Poor colour uniformity
  • Poor adhesion
  • Reduced durability
  • Reduced stain/chemical resistance
  • The paint film cracking, poor touch-up or improper curing
    • Leads to creation of powdery film
  • Extended paint mixing time or the added requirement of paint additives
  • Longer periods of time between coats
  • Greatly reduced paint coverage.

Paints and coatings which aren't specifically manufactured and developed with low temperature application in mind can have disastrous results if used in environments which are too cold for them. Not only can the product become thicker and difficult to apply, it can impair the overall performance of the product long term. Therefore, it is advised that a purpose-made low temperature paint is used to get the full benefits from a new floor paint system.

Small drops in temperature can extend the recoat times of many paints. Winter grade, or low temperature paints, are specifically designed to improve and reduce the time between recoats. They are also designed to offer:

Suitable Use of Low Temperature Paints

A common ‘problem’ with cold storage units is the lack of ventilation. Many products we offer are solvent free for this reason, however all coating application will require a degree of personal protection and breathing apparatus and it must be used when advised to do so in a product’s data sheets. The moisture content of a substrate and the dew-point can also affect drying times and application temperament. Dew-point meters are available at Rawlins Paints to check the environmental conditions before beginning any works.

Surfaces, locations and substrates that low temperature paints are suitable for, include:

  • Walls
  • Floors
    • Concrete
    • Polymer screeds
    • Asphalt
  • Ceilings
  • Steps
  • Stairs
  • Concrete beams
  • Trim
  • Helidecks
  • Walkways
  • Ramps
  • Bridges
  • Offshore structures
  • Weigh bridge decks
  • Cold rooms and stores
  • Walk-in fridges and freezers
  • Interior and exterior use
  • Loading bays
  • Porous substrates
  • Repairing damaged concrete
  • Metal
  • Concrete
  • Garages
  • Indoor car-parks
  • Warehouses
  • Suitably prepared rusted steel
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Bakeries
  • Dairies
  • Breweries
  • Supermarkets

A number of Jotun products meet the requirements of UK Highway Agency Item 115 and 116 for use on bridges and highway infrastructure. These exterior coatings can be used as a primer, mid coat or finish coat in single coat systems, and applied as in sub-zero temperatures in properly prepared carbon steel, galvanised steel, stainless steel, aluminium, concrete, and a range of aged coating surfaces.