Over time industrial coatings deteriorate and become defective, often rusting flaking and blistering.
One of the things that make industrial painting different from regular painting is the amount of surface preparation required. Good preparation is key to a high quality, long lasting paint job, and this is especially true when the finished work will be up against weathering, chemicals and pollutants.
Ways in which industrial painters prepare a surface-
High pressure water jets to wash away dirt and grit
Abrasive methods to remove defective coatings, such as mechanical grinding and vacu blasting-
While both are highly effective, abrasive surface preparation methods will leave the area in better condition. Rust will be reduced, as will any dirt that has accumulated on the building or surface.
Most tanks, containers or industrial surfaces will have a coat of paint on them already. To ensure the next coat has sufficient adhesion, the defective areas of this first coat will often need to be removed. Sometimes the existing coating will need to be completely removed then primed using the appropiate metal primer. If the metal is galvanized it is best left unpainted. The galvanized surface will resist corrosion. If it is necessary to paint the galvanized surface, it will need a specialist primer or mordens solution prior to painting.
Qualified professionals will be able to do this in a variety of ways, depending on which way will best suit the job at hand. Application by roller and brush is an option, or for large surfaces spray coatings can be more cost effective and speed up the painting process.
Factors to consider
Floor paint & type of traffic-
Floor paints come in single pack and two pack applications. Single pack are more economical, but not suitable for vehicle traffic. Two pack are more suited to commercial and industrial settings and can withstand vehicle traffic and chemical spills.
Floor paint & volume of traffic-
High traffic areas are best suited to a two pack heavy duty floor coating, additional coats may be applied to high traffic areas to ensure the finish will last for longer.
Preparation of existing floor to give a lasting finish-
The most important aspect of painting a floor is the preparation. Any areas of existing defective floor paint need to be removed. If the area is large, a mechanical grinder is the most practical method to prepare the floor. If existing floor is sound it will just need a degrease.
New concrete screed- sufficient drying time-
For new floors, sufficient drying time should be allowed before some two pack paints are applied. A new concrete screed of 50mm should be given around 6 weeks to dry sufficiently. There are some 2 pack water based paints, Rawlins ‘Durafloor plus’ that can be applied once the screed has partially dried and will allow the screed to continue to dry.
Floor paints do not come with a warranty from the manufacturer, instead they give a typical lifespan for their products. Industrial Floor painting companies will give a warranty for their completed jobs of 12 or 24 months. Should you require a longer warranty period this should be negotiated with your painting contractor prior to start of the work.
Before you start your painting and decorating project, you need to prepare. This will make sure that the job matches your needs, works with your tastes and will fit within your DIY budget. Here are three important considerations to make before starting.
What Is Your Budget?
The first thing you need to do is determine the amount of money you have to spend. With a big enough budget, you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle by hiring painters and decorators to do the work for you. You will still need to do some planning and help them with the decisions but you do not need to stay in a house full of paint fumes while they work.
If you do not have the budget to hire someone, then you will need to consider the money you have and the way that you will spend it. You will need various types of materials, including paint or wallpaper, shelving units and the tools needed to do the job. You may have to sacrifice the Dulux paint to afford other areas if you have a tight budget.
Paint vs. Wallpaper
There are pros and cons to both options and you need to run through all of them. Consider the room that is being decorated to determine whether wallpaper or paint is the best option. When it comes to living rooms and bedrooms, it may be worth adding some pattern with wallpaper, even if it is just one wall or a border around the room.
For businesses, commercial painting and industrial painting are often the better option. These will last longer, take less time to complete and cost less in the long term. You can also get the neutral colours that are often needed for the style of office or room.
Choosing Your Colours
It is worth asking for chips of the paint for samples instead of the colours on fabric. This gives you a better idea of how the colours will look on the wall and whether they stand out the way you expected. The last thing you want is to buy one colour, finish the room and realise that it is too dark/light for your needs.
Take your time when it comes to redecoration. This helps you save money and find something that will suit your tastes perfectly.