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Painting Commercial Wash Room Ceilings

painting wash room ceiling

Industrial wash rooms experience a lot of heat, moisture, and chemicals.  All of which have corrosive elements that can deteriorate coatings and substrates.  So here’s the coating application used by commercial painting contractors to increase the longevity of the substrate and paint system.

Industrial washrooms are subjected to abusive conditions.  Hot water, mold, and corrosive cleaning agents.  Collectively, all of these elements can be pretty damning for industrial coatings.

But despite all of these challenges, there is application techniques and material that can be applied in these challenging environments.   And the combination of these techniques and material will help increase the longevity of the industrial coating.

Wash Room Paint Material

Choosing a paint for a food processing facility can be a delicate process.  The paint can’t have any VOC’s, nor can it have a strong odor.  Both of these can compromise the product, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost inventory for the customer.

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The benefits of Glass Broadcast Beads

Shooting lines is a common application procedure for commercial painting contractors.  Sometimes those lines are installed in a warehouse facility.  And other times, they are installed in parking lots.  But in some situations, those lines need to be highly visible.  And in those instances, reflective glass beads will greatly improve their visibility.

reflective beads for line painting

And there are 2 common locations that receive these glass beads: airport runways, or major road ways.

Reflective Traffic Beads for Roadways

All major roadways require a TTP-1325 Type 1 glass bead standard.  These glass beads are designed to reflect the light emitted from vehicle headlights, presenting roadway markings with greater clarity.

These beads have an easy application.  Unlike many aggregates that get mixed with the paint, glass beads can be broadcasted onto the painted lines.  This makes application fairly simple.  The applicator just needs to make sure he is applying the glass beads when the paint is wet, and not after it’s cured.

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Slip Resistant Coatings & Their Aggregates

Slip-resistant floors are common in many facilities due to their safety.  But how slip resistant they are is dependent on which type of aggregate implemented into the coating.

Epoxy flooring contractors have the common challenge of discovering how much slip resistance a facility needs.  And although it’s easy to assume that the more texture the better, more aggregate and texture brings with it some additional challenges.

And the biggest challenge is that they can be difficult to clean if there is too much aggregate.  Mops get stuck, and dirt gets trapped.  And when floors can’t be sanitized properly, it becomes an issue for the facility.  So the amount of aggregate, and which type of aggregate becomes an important question.

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Grouting Polished Concrete

Polished Concrete is one of the most durable, and reflective flooring finishes.  But achieving that level of sheen is challenging when the existing slab is coated.

Polished Concrete

Firstly, polished concrete utilizes the existing concrete slab.  Which can be great for new facilities.  It eliminates the need for epoxy coatings or trowel applied material.

And when the concrete slab is new, it would be very easy to polish the floor.  But when the slab is old, coated, and deteriorated, then the entire process will require much more detail and workmanship.

Coating Removal.

When a customer wants to polish a coated floor, then the challenge starts with the site visit.  Because it’s impossible to know how hard or soft the concrete is when it’s coated.  And without this information, the applicators won’t know which grinding bonds to use when polishing.

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Osmotic Blisters in Urethane Cement?

urethane cement osmotic blisters

Yes, it can happen.  Osmotic Blisters can occur in urethane cement applications.  But here’s how to avoid it.

Osmotic blisters are known to egregiously affect epoxy flooring applications.  They make unsightly little bumps in the finish, causing unhappy customers and project managers.

But urethane cement was invented and did a great job sealing the exposed concrete.  And for the most part, urethane cement does an excellent job stopping blisters from forming.

And that’s because it can tolerate a very high PSI.  Compared to epoxy’s 3 PSI, urethane cement can withstand up to 20 lbs per square inch, making it almost 7 times stronger.

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Commercial Painters Accessing Difficult Areas

One of the biggest challenges facing commercial and industrial painters is accessibility.  But no matter how difficult or tight the access, the commercial painting or industrial painting project needs to get completed.

Most often, when a a typical citizens hears the phrase “difficult access,” they might initially think about heights.  And most of the time, that person could be correct.

Heights are one of the largest challenges painters face.  Are you painting a ceiling with piping, duct work, and conduit in the way?  Or do you need to access the exterior of a building that’s sitting in front power lines?  Do the surface sit above an unstable surface?

These are all considerations that need to be assessed.  It’s easy to think that a ladder can reach anything.  But the ground that the ladder is sitting on needs to offer stability.  And if it doesn’t, then a lift should be considered.

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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

avoid faded commercial paint

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 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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