Restore Historical Buildings with a Special Restoration

October 1, 2011

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When you restore historical commercial buildings with a special restoration technique; you require specific paint products to meet the standards set by the historical board in the area. Most people do not realize that there is a difference between industrial paint and residential paint. Each state or county gives a set of guidelines. The guidelines will outline restrictions regarding modifications to the exterior and the interior of an establishment. An application needs to be submitted for a Certificate of approval before you can carry out any changes.

A unique commercial paint is used to restore old historical buildings. The National Historical Trust in conjunction with a handful of paint companies developed a range of colors that they use to restore buildings to their original historical color of beauty. To achieve the best results requires the contractor to follow a preservation process first and then apply the commercial paint that will transform the building to its original value.

Research plays a valuable role in the preservation process. A good way to start is to visit the local library to find out more information about the building, paint colors and layout. Also ask the professionals for example designer, historian board etcetera for advice. The key factor is to find a color that resembles the original color. Keep in mind if a commercial building was built prior to the year 1978 there is the possibility that the paint contains lead which causes serious health problems. The only way to restore the old building is to strip the old paint and apply new durable industrial paint.

Matt as well as elastic renovation paints are ideal when restoring historical commercial buildings. Pretreatment of the building is important before applying the paint. The goal is to prevent and protect the building from future corrosion. There are variety industrial paints available. Phosphate paint is used to act as a primer whereas intumescent paint is used as a fire retardant. Fluor polymer is a non-sticky paint specially designed to apply on fasteners, polyurethane acts as a varnish on wood and thermal epoxy protects from harsh chemical corrosion.

Applying industrial paint involves planning. Large scale of painting is required; therefore machinery, industrial painters, large scale spraying equipment needs to be arranged to meet renovation deadlines. Sandblasting is done to remove impurities from the building. Afterwards the primer is applied and the painting can begin. When sourcing paint a few factors need to be taken into consideration. The paint must be free of toxins, suitable for industrial use, etcetera. Speak to paint specialist to ensure the right paint is being used. The difficult part is to convince the client to invest in more expensive paint.

To restore historical commercial buildings with special restoration paint is a skill. An understanding of the history of the building and the types of commercial paint products are merely a small portion that needs to be taken into consideration. Many people can renovate a building but not many value the historical architectural methods.

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