Monthly Archives: July 2017

Commercial Painting Contractors Install Pedestrian Walkway Lines

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Installing lines in facilities has many meanings and reasons.  But the most critical reason is to direct and guide pedestrians.  And by maximizing the adhesive power of epoxy, commercial painting contractors have been able to help guide those pedestrians out of harms’ way.

Floor markings and lines serve a great purpose in manufacturing facilities.  And one of the biggest reasons that those markings are so highly coveted are for safety reasons and organization.

Industrial painting contractors and commercial painting contractors have the experience, product knowledge, and manpower to install the longest lasting lines.  Which is critical in areas that receive a lot of fork lift traffic, and equipment.

But besides knowing which product to use, there are varying ways to install these coveted lines.  And then there are ways that don’t work so well.  But incase you need to check the floor temperature, consider these industrial thermometers to ensure you’re prepared.  So here are the best ways that commercial painting contractors have installed pedestrian walk way lines:

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Commercial Painting Contractors and Ethanol Tanks

Ethanol tanks are common in the gas and fuel industry.  And painting them is a common maintenance procedure.  But commercial painting contractors need to be aware of the fungal growth that’s common with ethanol, and what types of coatings will resist its growth.

Baudoinia compniacensis.  You probably don’t know what this is, nor do you know how to pronounce it.  But this is a black fungal material that likes to grow on ethanol tanks, distilleries, and your uncle’s old whiskey barrel.  But no matter which substrate you’re painting, be sure to have an industrial thermometer handy to get the temperature reading on the surface.

And like most painters, this fungus likes alcohol.  So if there’s a business that has holding tanks for ethanol, you can be sure to expect to see this black fungus in a few short months or a few long years.

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Painting Various Tanks with Commercial Painting Contractors

Commercial painting contractors paint a variety of substrates that are commonplace in commercial and industrial environments.  And one of the most frequent, yet under appreciated items is tanks and silos.  Here’s why it’s so important to maintain the integrity and appearance of a facility’s tank., and just how different each tank can be.

Tanks and silos come in pretty much only 1 shape.  But regardless of that shape, they can hold multiple items, from ethanol to oil, to flour, to water, and a variety of other ingredients and resources used in day to day operations.

And since they serve such a vital component to these day to day operations, it imperative that their integrity be sustained.  And one of the best way to sustain their integrity is by applying a weather tolerant top coat.

And if you’re dealing with a commercial painting contractor, he should be able to suggest the best exterior top coat.  If they are suggesting an alkyd or acryllic, run for the hills.

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4 Different Projects Completed By Commercial Painting Contractors

Commercial painting contractors come across varying projects with varying degrees of difficulty.  Sometimes the prep work involves something as complex as wet blasting.  And other times the prep work could be as simple as hand scraping peeling paint.

And then you have to consider how much containment is involved.  Is there a sensitive product or equipment in the area?  Will paint fumes be a problem?  Does the project need to occur during a plant shut down, or during off hours?  Did you bring your infrared thermometer to test the surface temperature?

And then there are many more questions and considerations that need to be addressed.  But regardless of the situation, the final product needs to look like it was a factory finish.

So here are 4 varying projects, each one offering a unique perspective on where paint and commercial coatings can and should be applicated.

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That Epoxy Floor Starts With Great Prep and a Primer

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Behind every epoxy floor job is the work and consideration of an epoxy flooring contractor.  And even beyond that high gloss sheen is a lot of prep work, some aggregate, and a hearty primer.  And even beyond that, much more needs to be considered by the contractor, like the temperature of the floor, the condition of the floor, and any contaminants that are penetrating the concrete.

We recently completed the installation of an 1/16″ epoxy floor in a facility in Maryland.  This floor has exposed concrete on a majority of the floor.  About 1/3rd of the floor had an epoxy coating that needed removal.  We used a large, planetary grinder to help abrade the concrete, and then remove the existing epoxy floor.

Once the floor was prepped, we moved in with a urethane cement primer.  Urethane cement is an excellent body coat to start any floor system.  In this specific facility, there wasn’t a vapor barrier beneath the concrete.  This can cause major problems with only an epoxy floor.  Epoxy is very susceptible to moisture transmission.  The pressure between the moisture and the epoxy can cause blisters in the floor.

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