How the painting process works in a commercial project

Once the estimate is agreed upon and the prep work is complete, it’s time for the actual painting to begin on a commercial painting project. During this phase, the final appearance begins to take shape, whether the project is interior or exterior painting, steel structural coatings, floor or deck coatings, or graphics applications.

What happens during the painting process? Here are some best practices for ensuring a durable and visually appealing paint job.

Mobilizing personnel and equipment

Careful coordination is essential to a successful painting phase. Your contractor should work to ensure that the delivery of materials and equipment to the job site is timed properly, so the right materials are available when needed. In addition, the contractor should schedule crews to arrive on the site in ample numbers, on time every day, to assure completion of the project on schedule.

Paint preparation

While commercial painting contractors need to have enough paint on hand for the project, they also must prevent having too much paint. Certain types of paint require timing and mixing in order to achieve optimal effectiveness—and preparing excessive quantities ahead of time will reduce the quality of the job.

Most interior latex paint requires only a thorough stirring prior to application. Other paint types are more complicated. For example, epoxy is a two-part paint with exceptional durability and protective qualities, but it must be mixed using precisely measured components, and applied within a certain time frame from the point the two parts are combined.

Operational scheduling

A good commercial painting contractor will work around your schedule to ensure that your commercial or industrial facility remains operational and accessible throughout the painting process. For industrial projects, where downtime is particularly costly and must be avoided, painting crews should schedule a careful rotation throughout the facility so that full shutdown is never necessary.

For many commercial projects, the painting contractor should be willing to schedule evening, weekend, and holiday work to complete the projects without disrupting the business flow.

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