Category Archives: commercial painting

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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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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Commercial Painting Problems & Solutions: Moisture Bubbles

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Moisture is one of the largest hazards in most construction environments.  And coatings are no exceptions.

As you can see from the picture, moisture bubbles beneath the coating are unsightly, and they can trap moisture, causing damage to the underlying substrate.  But their origins are a common mystery.  People will pop them, but to their dismay, the bubbles will return with a vengence.  So where are they coming from, and what can a person actually do to prevent them from returning?

But the Secret’s Out: Moisture is the Issue.

So how can moisture effect the coating?  There are many ways.  But when moisture gets between the coating and the substrate, that’s when you start to have problems.

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Improve Asset Reliability With Industrial Coatings

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Finishes are often overlooked from the Asset Reliability Manager’s perspective.  But if you learn the many benefits of industrial and commercial coatings, you can see how they can improve some of the most important assets in any facility.

When a company or facility thinks of their assets, their first thought is typically production machinery.  Which makes sense.  It gets used daily, to produce the product that the company is selling.  And if that machinery goes down, then that product is no longer being produced.  There’s not a lot of degrees of separation between the machinery and money.

Which is why it’s perplexing that so many facilities overlook a vital component to sustaining their productivity: their facility.

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Commercial Painting Problems & Solutions – When Paint Peels From Brick

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Brick is a challenging surface to paint.  But its grooves and valleys are the least of any applicator’s concerns.  Because the real distressor lies within the mortar.

Here are The Problems That Can Happen When Painting Commercial or Industrial Masonry

Masonry and block walls are held together with mortar mixes.  These mortar mixes offer excellent adhesion and compression strength, which allows the structure to maintain its integrity.  However, these mortar mixes are also made from many soluble salts.  And when these material get wet, moisture wicks the salt water to the exterior of the brick and mortar joint.  When the water evaporates, the brick substrate is left with a layer of sodium film, which prevents the paint from adequately adhering to the substrate, causing it to peel and disbond.

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Commercial Paint Problems & Solutions – Painting Galvanized Steel

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Galvanized steel has exceptional benefits for any plant or facility.  It is durable and can tolerate high moisture, due to the zinc it’s boiled in.  However, although versatile, it is a challenge to coat due to the oil residue that protects the substrate.

Here’s how Commercial Painters Avoid Paint Peeling From Galvanized Surfaces

Galvanized steel is frequently used in many commercial and residential settings.  It’s used for gutters, down spouts, corrugated decking, and many other common applications.  Although it is tolerant to weather, due to its zinc coating, it is very challenging to paint.

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Commercial Paint Problems & Solutions – Excessive Chalking

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Whether you’re dealing with commercial painting or residential painting.  Chalking is a frequent problem that occurs in the aging paint field.  What’s worst is that by the time it occurs, you need to increase the amount of prep required for the job.  So here’s how and why you need to be proactive before chalking occurs.

Here’s How Paint Begins To Chalk

You can take all the time in the world to meticulously apply and brush a flawless coat of paint.  But no matter how careful and tedious you are, your coating will eventually break down.   There are many elements that can break down a coating.  But the most hazardous are ultra violet rays.

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Commercial Painting Problems & Solutions – Cracking

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Commercial Painting comes with its inherent challenges.  And if not applied correctly, those challenges can present themselves in unflattering ways.

Here’s how paint becomes victim to cracking and flaking:

When studying the problems, you’ll notice that the cracking occurs through the entire film of paint, all the way to the substrate.  This is a common problem when underlying coats of paint are applied to existing coats that have not been adequately prepped.

The underlying coats lose their elasticity.  Which means that they can’t bend and flex with the substrate when it expands and contracts during varying temperature changes.  So as the substrate swells and compresses, the aged coating begins to delaminate and shingle.

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Commercial Painting Problems & Solutions: Blistering

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Despite its benefits, Commercial Painting can come with a world of problems.  And one of the most common is blistering.

You’re probably working outside.  And the sun is probably beating down on you and the substrate.  But you’re painting away, minding your work, making sure there’s an even spread of material over the substrate, making sure there are no roll marks or brush marks.  and keeping a close eye on your wet edge.

But aside from your astute attention to detail, you begin to notice something a few hours after you’ve painted.  The thin film begins to bubble and create blisters.

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Commercial Painting Problems and Solutions: Alligatoring

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Despite its benefits, Commercial Painting can come with a world of problems.  And one of the most common is Alligatoring.

Sure, painting can come off as a fairly simple part of the construction project.  But just like anything, after you consider the varying environmental conditions, the varying products, and the plethora of application methods, you can quickly understand how the painting trade requires skill and experience.

And if you’ve seen a “finished” paint surface that looks like the image above, you’ll know that the “painter” is lacking in skill and experience.

This paint problem is called alligatoring.  We’ve discussed it before, but like to regurgitate topics so that everyone is always fresh on the basics of commercial coating application.

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