Category Archives: industrial and commercial painting

PennCoat Inc. has been providing industrial and commercial painting services for over 2 decades. Contact us today to learn more.

Choosing a paint for Equipment Painting

Painting equipment is one of the most common requests for industrial painters.  From finding the appropriate coating, to discovering the best prep method, to minimizing sensitive computer components.  There are a number of factors that need to be considered before embarking on an incredible painting journey into the angular movements of equipment painting.

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In the world of big industry, there are innumerable operations that equipment can perform.  And sometimes that performance requires highly concentrated coolants and oils that can keep the machinery operating.  And other times, that equipment contains highly sensitive computer boards that need to be protected from excessive amounts of water.

But when an owner whats his old, dated pieces of equipment freshened up with a new coat of paint, it proves to be very challenging.

Firstly, as with any painting project, the prep method is going to require a lot of thought and consideration.  As mentioned, modern equipment can contain a lot of computers and electronics.  And if those electronics get wet, it can completely damage the entire piece.  However, sometimes that piece will be caked with old coolant or motor oil.  And if the surface is too saturated with oil, then the adhesion will be compromised.

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Industrial Painting Contractors – Performing A Site Assessment

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Sometimes you walk into a project, without knowing where to begin.  Sometimes you’ll see so much steel, ceiling, piping, siding, and everything that you almost feel intimidated.  And that’s what almost happened recently when I did a site visit for a metal fabrication plant.

Their plant is divided into 3 separate bays.  The two exterior bays had already been painted.  So now it was time to paint the center bay.  But as you notice in the picture above, there is a large amount of structural steel on the walls and ceiling, corrugated ceiling, wall siding (not shown in this picture), and additional piping and jibs that also needed painted.

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Commercial Painting Companies In Pennsylvania

The appearance of your business plays a vital role on many levels when it comes to how customers view your brand. We should all strive to have a business that is welcoming, comfortable, inviting and clean. It’s safe to say that your businesses’ appearance plays a role in branding and marketing also. What customers think matters and their opinions can affect your bottom line.

At PennCoat Inc., we listen to your needs and work with you to bring your design ideas to life. We work side by side to improve the appearance of your commercial business, giving your current customers and future customers a place they can feel comfortable and safe.

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Commercial Painting – Enamel Paint

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Enamel Paints

Enamel alkyd paints are good, all-around paints that dry to a hard gloss.

common characteristics for these popular commercial paints are:

  • Fast drying
  • Flake and chip resistant
  • Resistant to dirt, abrasion and impact
  • Easy to apply

Enamel paints that offer these characteristics arise from the alkyd binders used in these paints. As you may recall from previous blogs, alkyds are derived from alcohols and organic fatty acids. Both paints use medium aliphatic hydrocarbon solvents.  We rely to the Commercial Enamel when conditions are a little more demanding.

Uses and Characteristics

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Commercial Painting & Flooring in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

We were contacted by a dog kennel in Bucks county Pennsylvania in September 2014 to install a new epoxy floor in their kennel.  The current floor was experiencing delamination due to excessive water, urine, and cleaners.

From what we were told by the owner, the floor had been installed over 10 years ago.  He knew it was an epoxy coatings, but was unsure of the millage or preparation that went into the floor.  Additionally, the owner requested that the walls be painted with a fresh coat of commercial paint.  At our discretion, we selected a solvent based epoxy, because of its superior adhesion.

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Commercial Painting with Epoxy Polyamines

Commercial Painting with epoxy paint

Epoxies are resins used as coatings and adhesives in a number of applications, including commercial paints. When mixed with a hardener such as polyamine, epoxies react to form hard coatings that resist high temperatures and chemical attack. At PennCoat, we often use epoxy polyamine preparations  for painting industrial and commercial spaces that must stand up to wear, chemicals, and contamination.


Epoxy Polyamine paints are typically packaged in 2 components:

  • Part A is resin containing epoxy polymer.  Depending on the paint, it can include solvents, quartz and titanium dioxide. Epoxies contain the epoxide chemical group, which is a cyclic ether containing a 3-atom ring centered by an oxygen atom.
  • Part B is a polyamine hardener that helps determine the product’s characteristics when the two parts are mixed. Amine hardeners undergo a reaction with epoxy resin in which the amine, or NH2, groups polymerize with the epoxide groups to form strong, three-dimensional cross-linked networks that have the desired characteristics.

A common commercial paint we use calls for a 4:1 Part A to B ratio.  It is composed of 80 percent solids by volume (89 percent by weight) that is dry to the touch in about eight hours. When dry, it has excellent durability and resists abrasion, weathering, direct impact, heat, moisture, salt and other chemicals. When subjected to the ASTM moisture condensation test for 1,000 hours, HPE applied to a steel substrate showed no blisters, rust, delamination or creepage. Mixed HPE weighs 12.9 pounds per gallon.

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Industrial and Commercial Painting Selections

Industrial Acrylic Facility Painting

We’d like to devote the next few blogs to the topic of commercial painting. Let’s start with a product we frequently use to paint bare metal, Sherwin Williams DTM Acrylic Coating (DTM stands for “direct to metal”).


SW DTM Acrylic Coating is a corrosion resistant paint/primer composed of 100 percent acrylic. It contains 38 percent solids by volume and 50 percent by weight. The coating is designed to be applied directly to prepared substrates:

  • Iron and Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Galvanized metal
  • Concrete/Masonry
  • Drywall
  • Wood

Of course, its most important feature is that it acts as both a primer and paint when applied on bare, prepared metal. It is available in gloss or semi-gloss finishes and several colors. Caution is necessary when applying to unprimed bare steel because of the possibility of pinpoint rusting — two coats are recommended, each with a thickness of 2.5 to 4 mils when dry. The coating’s acrylic polymers are water- and UV-resistant when they dry, creating a barrier against rust and corrosion.

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Benefits Of Primer In Industrial/Commercial Painting And Flooring

The Benefits of Using a Primer with Epoxy Flooring or Industrial/Commercial Painting

If you want to obtain a very professional and classy look for your place while painting the exterior siding or the interior walls, make sure you apply a coat of primer first! Primer is supposed to serve three major functionalities:

  1. It obstructs stains as well as resinous knots from bleeding through;
  2. It offers single-coat coverage for the paint topcoat
  3. It improves adhesion and reduces blisters, extending the life of the topcoat.

These benefits make primers a great addition with epoxy flooring, industrial painting or commercial painting.

Primer with Epoxy Flooring– Applying epoxy floor coating is one of the most sought out methods that are being utilized for improving the life of the garage flooring or of your home. Mostly epoxy flooring is used along with primer for a high durability as well as robustness. Flooring gets damaged due to various chemicals and other stuff, so to avoid this damage and devoid the floor’s natural beauty primer is used with epoxy flooring. Epoxy is considered as one of the best options, because of its water resistant, easy to apply, easy to paint and well bonding features. When used with primer, it becomes more shinny and evenly easy to clean as well as maintain. Other benefits are minimal repairs, lasts longer, nominal renovation and quiet durable.

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The nitty gritty of Industrial and Commercial Painting

It’s easy to overlook and underestimate the value and importance of commercial and industrial painting. Often times, while walking into a brand new doctor’s office, or a recently constructed mall, the color, texture, and presentation of the floors, walls, and ceiling can be unappreciated. And for the untrained eye, that could be considered a good thing. How often to you take notice of properly done trade work that you’re not familiar with? The only time it would be noticeable is if that work were done to a lesser quality. And this same idea goes with commercial painting, industrial painting, and epoxy flooring.

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