Inspecting Finished Surfaces — Tips from Professional Painting Contractors

November 12, 2008

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During the final stages of your commercial painting project, taking a tour through the area and assessing the quality of the job should be one of the first things on your to do list. Here are a few tips from professional painting contractors for a quality, professional finished surface inspection. If possible, examine the painted surfaces in both natural daylight and artificial light for better results. Different anomalies and conditions may be visible in different lighting conditions depending on the time of day.

Even Coverage of Paint

Look for paint coverage that’s evenly and consistently applied. For finding uneven or patchy coverage, your best bet will be to check around window frames and adjacent corners. Make sure that the lines of the paint job are clean and even and that there are no gaps in coverage.

No Blemishes

Look for bumps, cracks, strange adhesions, and other anomalies on the surface. These blemishes are often the sign of improperly applied coats, or unforeseen complications in the painting process. If something is wrong, point out the area to your painting contractor and ask for an explanation. Ask the contractor to fix the affected area at no extra cost to you.

No Bleed Through

A properly finished painting job requires several coats of product for even coverage and good protective qualities Check to make sure that you can’t see any of the old paint through the new paint layers. Similarly, watch out for primer bleeding through the fresh paint.

Looks Good Up Close and from a Distance

Finally, step back and look at the overall results of the project. Occasionally, subtle problems do not reveal themselves until you take a step back and look at the big picture. If you spot something that is just a little off, it may be a sign of a flaw that slipped by a close-up inspection. Take another swing through the project to discover any hidden flaws.

Replicating Method for Surface Finish Inspection

A method of inspecting the surface finish of a component comprising providing an original surface to be inspected. A release agent is applied onto the original surface and an epoxy mixture is applied over the release agent. The epoxy mixture is allowed to harden into a replicated surface. Once the epoxy mixture has hardened, the replicated surface is removed and a metallic coating is applied thereon. The coated replicated surface is then ready for inspection.

Final Words

You don’t need to do a rigorous inspection all on your own. Good painting contractors will help you appraise their work and walk through the finished project with you.

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