Commercial painting is a tricky task, requiring a level of precision and durability that will showcase your company in the best light. If you're searching for an edge to make your commercial painting task cheaper and easier, it helps to know a little of what the pros do.
Whether you're choosing a commercial painting service or you're taking on the job yourself, these tips will ensure that your project succeeds:
# 1: For pro results, prep like a pro
Most pros will tell you that commercial painting is easy if you prep properly. The key to prepping your commercial painting project is deliberation and thoroughness. Here are a few tips often used by professional commercial painting pros before applying a single stroke of paint or primer:
- Sand until smooth—Few things make a surface look less professional than uneven bumps, ridges, or odd textures. It's important to sand until your walls are completely smooth. When you run your hand over the surfaces you're painting, they should feel seamlessly smooth.
- Tape and press—When taping edges, window sills, and other surfaces that you want to remain paintless, pressing your masking tape with a putty knife can help seal the edges. This will prevent paint from seeping underneath.
- Compressed air clean—Sanding and completing other prepping tasks can cause surfaces to become dusty. Even the thinnest layer of dust can stunt the adhesion of primer and paint. Blowing surfaces with compressed air is an easy way to strip dust and dirt from the surfaces you're painting.
It's important to have all of your paint prep in place before you begin. This will allow you to focus on priming and painting confidently.
# 2: Pay a little more for better primer to save even more on paint
Commercial painting pros almost always use primer. Not only will primer seal stains, mask imperfections, and create a solid base for your paint, but it will also extend the life of your paint substantially. When budgeting your commercial painting project, your most expensive material is likely to be paint and primer. However, paint, per ounce, is more expensive than primer. Thus, spending a little more for primer can help you save money on paint.
Not all primers are created equally. Whether you're completing the task yourself or hiring a professional, insist on using a primer with these features:
- Tint—Most primers come in white. Tinted primer is colored to match the final paint color. Choosing a tinted primer can make your topcoat look more rich and vibrant without applying multitudes of coats.
- Latex—Latex primers, popular in big-box home improvement stores, lack the blocking and finishing power of alcohol or alkyd based primers. These primers may cost a little extra money, but they require fewer coats of primer and will likely require fewer coats of paint.
Once you've applied your initial primer coat, you will need to let it dry to assess areas that might need an extra layer(s) of primer. It's important to hold off painting until your primer looks uniform throughout your space.
# 3: Choose factory mixed paints
Because commercial painting projects are typically bigger than domestic painting projects, small flaws in precision or consistency can manifest glaringly. Aside from choosing quality paint (again, avoid latex) you will also need to ensure that your paint color is consistent throughout the project. The only way to guarantee that paint color is uniform is choose factory-mixed paints. Paints mixed at the factory level are produced in large batches with more precise machinery.
Commercial painting creates a number of unique challenges. Fortunately, these tips can help the DIY-er or someone hiring a professional contractor get the job done right. Contact a company like J Maintenance Co for more information.