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Warehouse Floor Painting Contractors Need To Be Qualified and Experienced

Too many things can go wrong with commercial and industrial flooring applications.  But when a proper warehouse floor painting contractor is selected, then the customer can expect a long-lasting coating that can perform in each environment.

In places like Maryland and Pennsylvania, It’s easy to think that any coating application can be applied: just open up a can of paint, and slap it onto the concrete.  But if the process takes that little thought, then the end product is going to leave very little satisfaction.

The truth of the matter is that much more thought and labor needs to be considered.  What’s the condition of the slab?  Is it coated?  When will you install the coating system?  Will there be a thermal imaging surveillance camera on site?  Is the floor going to be cold?  Or will the room be heated?

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How Commercial Painters Avoid Osmotic Blistering for Epoxy Coatings

Osmotic blisters can be the kiss of death for many epoxy coatings.  Those blisters create weak spots on the coating, which increases the likeliness of the epoxy coating rupturing.  But an experienced commercial painting contractor will have the skills and foresight to prevent these blisters from occurring.

Osmotic blisters are unsightly little bumps that appear on epoxy floors.  And although they may not seem to be too problematic, they’re actually the first step in dealing with coating failure.

A blister occurs when there is too much hydro static pressure pushing build up between the coating and the concrete.  That pressure causes the coating to separate, or delaminate, from the concrete.  This separation creates a weak spot, which can then rupture.  And once a coating is ruptured, moisture can enter, and cause the remaining floor to separate.  Which is not nearly as valuable as worm castings.

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Make Colors Last With The Proper Commercial Paint Application

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Faded paint is an eye-soar.  And the culprit is almost always exposure to ultra-violet rays.  However, the sun light isn’t always the culprit.  Sometimes it’s moisture, but many times it is the commercial painter applying the incorrect paint.  So here are the best paints to use if considering exterior painting.

What Causes Paint to Fade?

Before we can serve you the best product recommendation, we’re going to first touch on what actually causes paint to fade.  And although it might be easy to assume that it’s a natural by product from aged paint, there are some other considerations to make, that help accelerate the process.

And the biggest culprit is the weather.  Weather is great if you’re a Lancaster, PA landscaping contractor.  But the opposite is true if you’re a painter.  Sunlight or excessive water can put unnecessary stress on the pigment that’s used to tint the paint.  And that pigment will eventually break down from too much sunlight.  So when you see a can of paint that says “interior,” make sure you don’t use that paint outdoors.  Because your finish will not last long enough to provide an amount of satisfaction that’s equally proportional to the amount of work required to prep and apply that paint.

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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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Raise the Roof! And Paint What’s There.

Roof equipment is some of the most challenging surfaces to prepare and paint.  It’s in constant UV light, and will always get exposed to rain, snow, and extreme temperature ranges.  And this is why an experienced industrial painting contractor should be called to scope of the painting system for all equipment in this environment.

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There are many factors that need to be considered when painting equipment on the roof.  And one of the biggest factors is the weather.  Too much weather can cause irreversible damages to the substrate.  And although industrial coatings won’t stop an asteroid, it can at least prevent these irreversible damages that can be caused by weather.  And here are the best coating for each varying type of weather-related situation.

Ultra-Violet Rays

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Ultra violet rays are the beams radiating from the sun.  These rays are powerful in large doses and can cause cancer if people aren’t protected.  But it can also damage or corrode improper coatings.  Alkyd based coatings will do poorly in these types of environments.  Alkyd coatings get very hard.  But that hardness comes at the expense of flexibility.  And when UV rays hit alkyd paints for too long, they start to get alligator skin, a phenom in painting that causes the coating to crack in square formations, similar to the epidermis of an alligator.

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Painting Bar Joists, I-Beams, Sprinklers, and everything Else in Industrial Ceilings.

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Being a Commercial Painting Contractor has its perks and challenges.  The perks are the satisfaction of knowing that a job is successfully completed.  But that completion isn’t without its headaches, which is where the challenges come to play.

One of the most common substrates to paint in commercial and industrial facilities are the ceilings.  And when a typical human thinks of ceilings, they’re probably thinking of drywall.  Which might require some trisodium phosphate and spackle.  But when you’re a commercial painting contractor, you’re dealing with more than drywall.

Recently, we were tasked with the objective to paint a ceiling and wall.  And although this sounds pretty straight-forward, there’s alot more that meets the eye.  Like what’s the room temperature?  Any of these infrared thermometers will be beneficial in helping you decide which material is right for the job.

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