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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 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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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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Industrial Painting Contractors – Prep & Application

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Hire Industrial Painting Contractors to Finish Tough Jobs

I was contacted by a local fabrication company.  These guys weld large structural steel objects that include air handler units, frames, and other piece of customized steel structures.  This cold box that they’re currently welding weighs about 150,000 pounds.  It is 46′ Long x 12′ Wide, and 11′ Tall.  But it needs an industrial coating, so they reached out for an industrial painting contractor to complete the project.

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Half Primed / Half Not

As you can see in both pictures, some of the steel is primed with a green mastic epoxy.  While the remaining steel is exposed.  So the first thing our industrial painting contractors had to do was wipe down the exposed steel.  When welding, there is often an oily residue left on the steel substrate.  This oil help creates cleaner weld lines.  But it works against the paint’s ability to bond with the substrate.  So the oily residue needed to be removed with denatured alcohol.

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Industrial Painting Challenges in Manufacturing Areas

Industrial Painting Challenges in Manufacturing Areas

Often, industrial areas have operational equipment and machinery built into the room.  It’s impossible to move the equipment, making the project almost seem impossible to complete.  But, when food or pharmaceutical plants have corroded ceilings with flaking paint, it’s no longer allowed to be an impossible project.

So when a food facility let us know about their corroded ceiling with flaking paint and rust, it was obvious they were in dire need to find a solution.  So what we needed to do, was go into the plant, wash the corroded areas to remove rust and loose paint, and then apply a rust-inhibitive elastomeric paint system.  But before we could do any of that, we needed to address the operating equipment in the middle of the room.

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Industrial Painting Steel in Corrosive Environments – PennCoat, Inc

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Industrial Painting Steel in Corrosive Environments – PennCoat, Inc.

When you provide industrial painting services, it’s common to see a lot of corroded steel.  Steel that’s exposed to natural environments, such as snow, rain, hail, UV rays, high and low temps contribute to the deterioration of steel.  So when looking at steel frames and structures, it’s important to consider coatings that will help prevent this corrosion.  And one of the best methods it to apply a moisture cured urethane primer.

I recently ventured onto the rooftops of a food manufacturing facility in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.  The site owner’s request was to paint all of the corroded steel.  And what he had to show me was everything a corroded piece of steel could look like.

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Winter Painting – Keeping the Industrial Painting Projects Indoors – PennCoat, Inc

Industrial painting projects in the winter are limited.  Firstly, a lot of paints, such as epoxies and urethanes, are difficult to apply in temperatures below 50 degrees.  The have a higher viscocity, making the application process a burden, and they take a longer time to cure, due to the cold weather.  But not only does the material present a problem, accessing the substrates outdoors can also be problematic.  Cold weather can affect the applicators performance, and if there is a large accumulation of snowfall, then there is issues with mobility.

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Rooftop Air Handler Units – Industrial & Commercial Painting by PennCoat, Inc.

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Industrial and Commercial Painting in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.

One of our favorite customers reached out to us regarding an industrial painting and commercial painting project.  Because they manufacture and produce candy, it is vital that their facility maintains a consistent temperature throughout the plant.  Any fluctuation outside of the required temperature range can jeopardize the quality and integrity of the candy.  Because of this need, the facility has many large air handler units lining the roof top.

However, the roof top is the best location for anything to reach exposure to the extreme elements of mother nature.

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