WHAT THE PROS WON’T TELL YOU ABOUT PAINTING PROJECTS
In the endless jostling for pole position that is the hallmark of today’s business world, make no mistake about it: appearances are everything.
To thrive in the hostile business climate and carve a niche for yourself, your business has to do more than act the part; it also has to look the part.
There is no disputing the fact the aesthetic appeal of your commercial facility is one of the factors that can affect business success.
Your establishment has got to look good on the outside for people to want to find out what’s on the inside.
Keeping your building in great shape all year round will require a professional painting job as the first among many other things.
To guarantee fantastic results every time, here’s a look at some of those details commercial painters like to keep to themselves.
Surface Preparation is Essential
Commercial painters would agree that when it comes to painting jobs, the nature of the substrate is of paramount importance as it can bring the best or even the worst out of any painting job.
The substrate is the surface that is to paint. Different surfaces would require different treatments.
Preparation of the substrate could involve repairing cracks and holes, scraping, wire brushing, sandpapering, pressure washing, water blasting and even the use of special products recommended for cleaning painted surfaces or treating areas affected by mold.
Surface preparation is usually a time-consuming and labor-intensive detail, but if done right, it will improve coating adhesion and give a more beautiful and durable finish. If not done correctly or if skipped altogether, you could have a weak finish.
Choose the right type of Primer and Paint
Certain paints and primers are ideal for certain jobs. It is with this in mind that professional painting contractors always consider the requirements of a painting project before they recommend specific products.
Going for the cream is of the crop is indeed not a bad idea, but you should also note that there is no point in spending hugely on coating materials that won’t necessarily do the job on your property.
The paint and primer of your choosing should be one that can withstand all the potential mechanical, chemical and environmental stressors that will come into play.
It pays to note that for commercial wall painting projects, you are better served using glossier paints due to their stain resistance and ability to withstand frequent scrubbing compared to flat finishes.
Also, a tinted primer that is identical to the finish paint color will offer a much better coverage that a plain primer. Subtle details such as this can put you in rather a good stead.
You Need Equipment and Tools
It is never a good idea to bring a knife to a gunfight. If you’re going to do a good job of painting a commercial property, you’re going to need the right tools and equipment before you even get started on prepping the surface.
Paint scrapers, spackles, sandpapers, regular and specialty paint brushes, roller grids, paint rollers of various sizes, extension rods, rags for floors and a ladder of appropriate height are the usual suspects. But if you’re going to be handling a complicated job – such as those involving extreme heights or confined spaces – you might want to learn some professional painting techniques or leave it to the pros.
Have the Safety of Employees and Customers at Heart
In addition to adhering to OSHA standards and safety regulations, you can eliminate the dangers associated with on-site painting operations and curb accidents by keeping your work area clean and free of clutter.
This comes with the added advantage of promoting work efficiency. These trade secrets associated with painting projects can bring you up to speed and put you in the know, while helping you do a better job overall.