When you own a commercial building, you want to make sure that your building looks as good as possible. One of the best ways to make sure your building looks great is by having your building painting by a commercial painting contractor.
A good commercial paint job requires prep work before the paint is applied. You should only hire a commercial painting contractor who is willing to put in the prep work before doing the actual painting. If you just paint over the flaws in the walls, those flaws will come to the surface again, and the new paint will not last as long as it should.
There are multiple prep-work steps that have to be undergone before your building is ready for a new paint job.
1. Pressure Wash the Surfaces
First, all the surfaces that are to be painted need to be cleaned. Dirt and residue build up over time on outside surfaces. Generally, the most effective way to clean outside surfaces is by pressure washing the surfaces to get rid of all the build-up residue and dirt. You need a clean surface for new paint.
2. Sand Down Rough Surfaces
Second, all rough surfaces need to be sanded down, included areas where the current paint is damaged. With paint, you want to have a surface that is smooth and flawless. Your entire exterior may not need to be pressure washed, but parts of it may need to be sanded down. The painting contractor should carefully examine all surfaces in order to determine which ones need to be sanded.
3. Patch Cracks and Holes
Third, you don't want to have any cracks or holes present when the new paint is applied. These areas will need to be patched. Once the patch cures, the areas will need to be sanded down to a smooth finish. That way, your new paint job will be able to maintain a smooth finish for an extended period of time.
4. Protect Areas That Don't Need to Be Painted
Not everything is going to need to be painted or painted the same color. The painting contractors should use tape, masking paper, or plastic to cover up all the areas that don't need to be painted. This will help protect those areas from overspray and paint drips. With exterior painting, that also means throwing a drop cloth over any landscaping to protect it while working.
If you own a commercial building, when you hire a commercial paint contractor, always ask them what type of prep work they plan on doing to prepare the building for a new paint job. An experienced paint contractor will engage in prep work in order to ensure the new paint looks great and has a long lifespan