A fresh coat of interior paint can really give your business a facelift, especially if the walls are beginning to look a bit grimy. Unfortunately, there are some minor mistakes you can make that can make the new paint job more of a headache than a help. The good news is that by knowing the mistakes, you can actively avoid them so your new paint job benefits your business.
#1: Trying to rush the job
It takes time to paint, which can be a problem if it interferes with business hours. Yet, you'll be stuck with a substandard job if you try to rush it. If you are closed at least one day a week, you can easily have most painting jobs done within 24 hours. You may need to pay extra if this is on a weekend, though. Another option is to close early one day and open late the next. Your painting crew can come in, prep the area, paint, and then return in the morning to remove tape and set everything back to rights before you reopen. The ideal scenario, though, is to have a couple of full days to do the job.
#2: Choosing the wrong type of paint
The type of paint you choose is almost more important that the color. Avoid flat or matte paints, as these tend to become dirty and dingy very quickly. This is because they have a dull finish that shows off dirt. High gloss paints reflect a lot of light, but they also showcase every fingerprint on a wall. A better option in a low gloss or or medium sheen paint. These reflect some light, which makes the paint seem brighter and cleaner, but it is also easy to wipe clean as needed. It also doesn't show fingerprints as easily. Combining the right paint with a quality primer is the key to a long-lasting commercial paint job.
#3: Skipping the protective measures
The right paint can't work a miracle, though. If your business has an area that is prone to dirt or wear, then take proactive measures. For example, if a wall near a receptionist desk tends to get scuffed by the clients as they sign in, then put in a protective panel to protect the wall. If you have chairs against the wall, install a chair rail so the backs of the chairs don't scuff the paint. Before your painters arrive, walk through and take note of the areas with the most extreme damage. Then, work with the painters to come up with solutions to better protect these areas.
For more help, contact a commercial painter like APC Services of New England.