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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Rust-Oleum 9100 Winter Grade Epoxy

This product is temporarily unavailable; in the meantime, our technical team recommend PPG SigmaCover 2 as a great alternative - use discount code MAY10 at checkout to save 10%! Please note: it is important to check that any alternative product is suitable for your requirements, as our suggestion is given in good faith but without warranty....

Price £106.62
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Rust-Oleum Mathys Noxyde Pegarust

Rust-Oleum Mathys Noxyde Pegarust is a rust preventing coating that is the solvent-based version of Rust-Oleum Mathys Noxyde that can be applied by brush, roller or spray in cold temperatures down to 0°C or on damp surfaces by brush, roller or spray. Excellent corrosion protection and waterproofing Approved for corrosion class C5-M medium...

Price £55.93
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Rust-Oleum 9700 Coldmax Rapid (Wintergrade)

Rust-Oleum 9700 Coldmax Rapid (Wintergrade) is Rust-Oleum’s strongest coating ever, based on the latest rapid curing polyaspartic technology for inside or outside use.  Overcoatable after just 4 hours Wintergrade version can be applied as low as -10°C Excellent chemical and wear resistance For indoor and outdoor use Coverage...

Price £78.19
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International Interseal 670HS (Winter Grade)

International Interseal 670HS (Winter Grade) is supplied with a winter grade curing agent to enable more rapid cure at lower temperatures. The product is still a low VOC, two component high build, high solids surface tolerant epoxy maintenance coating, for application to a wide variety of substrates including hand prepared rusty steel and a...

Price £117.38
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International Interzinc 52 (Winter Grade)

International Interzinc 52 (Winter Grade) is supplied with a winter grade curing agent to enable more rapid cure at lower temperatures. Two component Metallic zinc rich epoxy primer Complies with the composition and performance requirements of SSPC Paint 20 Coverage Calculator More Information **Available for delivery - see Delivery...

Price £401.40
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Coo-Var Terebine Liquid Driers

Coo-Var Terebine Liquid Driers is an additive to assist the drying capabilities of most paints. Helps paint dry in cold winter months. Use sparingly (e.g. about 2% by Volume) as an additive to oil and alkyd based products for improving drying properties. Product Features Helps assist the drying capabilities of most paint Use sparingly...

Price £15.63
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703 MMA Flexible Anti-Slip Coating

703 MMA Flexible Anti Slip Coating is a two pack, fast curing flexible coating usually for tarmac and asphalt surfaces. Provides a slip resistant, seamless floor finish with protective and decorative properties. Can also be used on correctly prepared concrete and steel surfaces. Ideal for delineating parking bays, car parks, balconies, etc....

Price £56.00
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706 MMA Floor Primer

706 MMA Floor Primer is a rapid curing, general purpose primer enabling fast overcoating. The product exhibits outstanding adhesion to concrete, as well as steel, masonry, and marine plywood, and the fast curing characteristics allow rapid application of subsequent coatings, mortars or screeds. Ideal for use as a rapid curing primer for...

Price £85.05
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707 MMA Metal Primer

707 MMA Metal Primer is a rapid curing three-pack primer for steel, galvanised steel, aluminium, and unglazed ceramic tiles to be used prior to any of the MMA range of coatings, mortars, and screeds. Rapid cure, even at low temperatures - from as low as -30°C* Very good corrosion resistance Excellent adhesion Impervious to water...

Price £85.05
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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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710 MMA Repair Mortar

710 MMA Repair Mortar is a fast curing, high strength, trowel applied, three component methacrylate resin mortar, designed for rapid and permanent repairs to concrete and masonry surfaces. Resilient Very good chemical resistance Excellent adhesion Fast curing, even at low temperatures (down to -10°C*) Impact and abrasion resistant...

Price £61.24
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International Intercure 200

International Intercure 200 is a two component epoxy zinc phosphate/micaceous iron oxide primer, formulated on proprietary polymer technology, which provides rapid cure and overcoating even under low temperature conditions. A high solids, low VOC product. As a primer for steelwork intended for use in a wide range of aggressive environments,...

Price £221.00
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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.