An Overview of the Industrial Painting Process

Painting the inside or outside of any industrial space is a much different undertaking than painting a room of your home. Although the principles are much the same, the scope of the project is much larger and takes considerable skill and time.

Following are some tips on how to prepare your space for commercial or industrial building maintenance and painting. Work with a repair contractor in Indianapolis, IN for best results.

Surface cleaning and treatment

Paint will not adhere properly and could even peel off in patches if surface areas are not cleaned and treated for irregularities. Care must be taken at this first step in the process to ensure long-lasting, professional results.

If parts of the wall or structure of your industrial space are in disrepair, take the time at the outset of this project to repair them. Paint should not simply cover up irregularities or problem spots—it should be the final addition to an already primed and clean wall. Look out also for nails or other protrusions that need to be extracted and spackled.

After dirt, debris, holes and other warped materials are cleared from the wall to be painted, use a sealant primer to prevent water damage and provide a smooth surface on which to apply your coat of paint. Some commercial and industrial paints contain primer and paint in one can, so be sure to check your specific paint type before application.

Primer and paint for large areas is easiest applied using a control paint sprayer, which is great for getting an even coat and getting the job done in less time. Once the primer has been applied, it is time to move on to the next step: applying the paint.

Paint your space

Large-scale projects require some forethought. If the industrial space is too tall for a simple ladder, some time must be taken to put together temporary scaffolding, especially if you’re painting the outside of the building. This is a huge undertaking, since it needs to be safe enough to hold workers or yourself to prevent injuries.

Try to paint the primed area shortly after the primer has been applied. This prevents any further dirt or debris from collecting in between the two layers of paint, which can result in costly rework and project delays.

Paint sprayers are great for applying one even coat of paint, but sometimes you will need to use a roller or paintbrush to get certain areas, especially edges, uniform as well. If there are parts of your industrial paint project that require a different color of paint, you will likely use industrial-grade tape to separate the colors from one another, similar to how you do so while painting your own home.

Every building is different

Each project will require a bit of assessment and analysis prior to starting. The tools may even vary depending on the needs of the industrial space.

For best results, work with repair contractors in the Indianapolis, IN area who are skilled in commercial and industrial building maintenance. The experts at Knauss Property Services, LLC have the knowledge and experience to pull off any project without a hitch. Reach out to us today to learn more.