A Guide To Industrial Painting
Most people are comfortable painting a wall in their home, but industrial painting is an entirely different beast and requires an industrial painting contractor. Industrial paints and coatings are waterproof, and resistant to chemicals, solvents, and corrosion, while offering a more durable finish than house paints. Most industrial paints will adhere easily to metal surfaces with relative ease. Depending on the demands of your industrial painting project, industrial paint can be applied by brush, roller, dipping, coating, and spraying.
Before Applying Industrial Paint
Before you begin applying your paint, there is some essential preparation to be done for a quality application.
- Remove any dirt, debris, grease, or corrosion from the surface you’ll be working with. Sometimes a power washer will do the trick, but other times special detergents and solvents may be required, depending on the surface.
- Determine which painting equipment you’ll need for the project. You may be able to get away with brushes or rollers for smaller surfaces, but a sprayer and other more advanced tools are likely a better idea for larger industrial painting projects.
- Know what the weather will be like on all days during your painting project. Ideally, you can pick a set of dates with low humidity, temperatures, and wind. Low humidity and temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees are ideal because they can affect how quickly paints dry, and may result in paint that doesn’t stick to surfaces quite like it should.
- Extinguish any open flames like pilot lights before you start painting.
- Get all the tools you’ll need, including applicators, edging tools, gloves, respirator, and anything else you may need to get the job done.
How to Apply Industrial Paint
- Get all your supplies ready, and put on your gloves and respirator mask (make sure you have the right filter cartridges in place).
- Begin applying your paint with the appropriate tools, much like you would any other painting project, but keep in mind that the edges of industrial paint will dry quickly, so it’s best if you feather out the paints when possible to avoid the appearance of overlaps in your paint.
- When taking breaks from painting, conceal your brush or roller in aluminum foil and spraying guns in water to prevent the paint from drying on your tools, as industrial paints are much harder to remove than your average house paint.
- When you’re done applying your industrial paints, clean them with tap water right away to avoid permanent damage to your tools. When using paint spraying guns, follow up your initial water rinse with mineral water to avoid clogging of tools.
In many cases, at least with small to medium-sized projects, the actual process of industrial painting isn’t much different than painting at home. However, it’s the special techniques and nuances that industrial painting contractors train for and can only pick up through experience that will result in an exceptionally industrial painting project.
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