If you want to quickly transform how a space looks and feels, interior painting is one of the best ways to make it happen. Whether you own an office space, an industrial space, a hospital or any other setting, painting can make an immediate and dramatic difference to the atmosphere. It’s no secret that color and light are two of the biggest factors that contribute to how we feel when we are in a space. As a business owner, you want to ensure that your customers and employees are positively impacted by the environment that they are in. The best way to ensure that happens is to choose the right paint color for your space.
Here’s a secret about paint, though: It only works if it’s done well. A sloppy paint job just won’t have the same effect as a crisp, clean, professional paint job. If you’ve ever walked around a cheap motel or apartment complex, you likely known what we’re talking about. Thin coats of paint, gaudy colors, and a generally sloppy job all contribute to a sense of stress and anxiety that don’t contribute to the kind of atmosphere that professional commercial interior painters strive to create.
Professional painters understand that the quality of their work matters. They understand that they are preparing spaces for people to live and work in; these spaces and their walls will play a practical and aesthetic role in the lives of real people every day. Professional commercial painters understand that they aren’t there to just get a job done as quickly as possible; they are willing to spend time on a space to ensure that it has the kind of beauty and functionality that will last in the long run.
This is why it’s so important to prep a room properly before painting. A properly prepped room will ensure a smooth paint job every time. Rather than find the quickest way to finish a job from point A to point B, professional commercial painters will find the absolute best way to get the job done.
Here’s How a Commercial Painting Contractor in Tampa FL Will Prep a Room.
Your commercial painter will begin by moving larger items out of the way. This will ensure that furniture and other vulnerable items are protected from paint splatters. It also ensures that painters are able to work as efficiently and safely as possible in your space. Commercial spaces will require more or less prep depending on their level of construction; in a new construction, this step will be skipped altogether.
Drop cloths will be used to cover any vulnerable surface in your space. Plastic or canvas drop cloths will be used to cover floors to prevent damage and paint spills from occurring in the space. Drop cloths will be selected based on the size and type of space worked in. In some cases, the floors will be covered in their entirety in paper or plastic, especially if the room is being prepped to be sprayed.
In addition, professional commercial painters will cover all light fixtures on the walls and ceilings. This will be done to ensure that walls and ceilings can be rolled quickly without the risk of getting paint on any undesirable surface. Removing electrical plates and outlets will ensure that every part of the paint job is able to be done seamlessly without the risk of mistakes or spills. This kind of quality of work is why it is worth it to hire a pro.
Holes, cracks and other defects in drywall or other surfaces will be examined and handled accordingly by your commercial painting contractor. A professional painter understands that it’s always worth it to prep a room properly by mudding, sanding, and fixing defects in walls. Holes from picture hangers or other installations should always be filled and sanded as well. When imperfections are painted over, they become even more apparent. This is perhaps the number one mistake that business owners or new painters make when prepping a space; they assume that painting over cracks or holes will make them less obvious. This is sometimes true, but often the opposite is true, especially with lighter paint colors.
Dust, debris and other dirt will be swept and removed from all surfaces to ensure that the paint doesn’t mix with them and form a gritty or otherwise undesirable surface. In industrial spaces especially, the whole space should be vacuumed and cleaned to ensure that the highest quality job possible is done. In new construction, sawdust and other debris can be a major problem, but a good commercial painter understands how to handle this.
Some commercial painting companies use tape to paint between walls and baseboards. This is useful in creating clean, sharp lines between surfaces. Tape isn’t always necessary; a great professional painter will be able to cut in with clean ones without the aid of tape. However, some companies require tape to be used when cutting in certain surfaces.
A good commercial painting crew will prime all walls before beginning the first coat of paint. Priming is an absolutely essential first step when it comes to ensuring a good paint job the first time around. You don’t want a thin or translucent coat of paint; you want a dense, thick, robust coat of paint that looks great. Especially in areas with patterns or dark colors, priming is absolutely essential.
Once priming is done, your painter will begin the process of painting. Depending on space and preference, rollers or sprayers will be used. Both require a high level of skill and expertise to use properly. If rollers are used, the space will be cut in from the walls, ceiling and trim. This helps ensure a clean and even job between all surfaces. In addition, some surfaces require different sheens of paint. These sheens are used accordingly in each space. Shepard Contractors is your best choice for your next commercial painting job. Call today to for a free quote, or for help with colors and scheduling your painting job.