Commercial Painting is More Than Creating Pretty Walls

Pretty Walls

For a commercial property owner, maintenance is often a big issue. Though the building needs to look at its best, you can overrule the importance of functionality. In fact, functionality and productivity of a commercial building/complex are as important as appearance, if not more.

Besides, refurbishing should be done without disrupting your business or tenants. Commercial painting is more than creating pretty walls; it creates a lasting impression on people and it must look welcoming to visitors. This is where you need an experienced commercial painting contractor who can help you select an appealing color scheme and also provide other related services to get the best out of your commercial building.

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when painting your commercial property.

It Establishes Your Brand Image

As a commercial property owner you will probably like to establish a distinctive brand or convey a particular image. This is applicable for all commercial properties including office, shopping malls, hotels, entertainment complex, religious institution, schools and so on. The goal, almost always, is to be functional and look welcoming to visitors as well.

What you need is a neat and attractive appearance in order to foster a good first impression and a sense of confidence. It is therefore important to choose a color scheme that can help you achieve your goals. An experienced commercial construction and painting firm can provide better advice on current color trends, suitable for your particular industry.

In addition, they can even help you select the right color combination to create an appropriate mood. For example, soothing blue and light purple or lavender are great colors for a spa. Similarly, you can use lively red in a restaurant and yellow or orange in combination with soothing colors like blues and greens in an office or factory.

A good commercial painting contractor usually use digital color imaging so that you get a clear idea of how a particular color or combination of different hues would look in your commercial property.

The Type of Paint You are Using

Make sure your commercial painting contractor uses high quality paint. This is imperative for a good-looking and hardwearing job as high-quality paints are usually resistance to extreme weather conditions such as harsh sunlight and/or heavy storms.

Well-chosen commercial paint can usually endure five years of heavy use. Besides, different surfaces such as drywall, concrete, wood, metals, and others need different kind of paints. Similarly, high-traffic areas will also require special wall and floor solutions.

Your contractor would be able to suggest you the best products for various surfaces and areas. Also, use low-odor paint for interior walls. It will cause minimal disturbance to your tenants, client or employees. If possible, go for anti-mold paint and products that have no or at least low VOCs in order to safeguard the health of your people.

Don’t Forget Paint Primer

In most cases, amateur paint jobs look dull or listless. One reason behind this is that they fail to use a paint primer prior to applying the first coat of paint. It helps in hiding stains and other imperfections from the deeper layers of your walls. As the result, the paint will appear smooth and neat. Furthermore, primer helps the paint to spread evenly without any significant blisters. Finally, it allows the paint to stay more vibrant and brighter for longer, hence increasing the interval between paint jobs.

Using primer is even more important if you are using a lighter color over a darker one. You need to first hide the underlying color and one way to do this is by mixing the primer with a small amount of the lighter paint before applying the paint itself. However, make sure that both your primer and paint are of the same type i.e. latex or oil.

Preparing for The Paint

Proper preparation is key to a good commercial paint job. For example, a quality commercial walls Anchorage painting contractor will always perform a thorough cleanup before treating a surface. They will perform pressure washing of the exterior as well as take care of all your existing problems such as water damage, chipping or peeling paint, damage to the substrate, graffiti, mold, rust, and/or concrete spalling.

Your painting contractor is also responsible for other types of repairs, including those inside the building. These may include patching of nail holes, repair/replacement of drywall, repairing cracks, gouges, dents, and retexturing of acoustic ceilings.

Clean Up must be Easier

Make sure your painting contractor is professional enough to provide cleaning services, once the paint job is completed. In addition, there are certain ways to make cleaning easier. For example, you can line up your roller tray with a plastic liner or aluminum foil before pouring paint into it and throw away those materials after completing the paint job. This will make the clean up easier and will also reduce the amount of time required for cleaning.

When applying paint to the corners of an interior room, many use the side of a paint brush. Try to avoid this and instead use flat side-brushing method in downward strokes from the corner. This will not only make the job cleaner but will also increase the life span of the paint brush. Also, consider using masking tape if two colors are meeting in a corner to avoid splatters or bleed over. Cover the dry surfaces with masking tape before applying the paint on the one side of the wall and once the paint is dry, cover it with the tape and continue painting the other side.

What is a Good Time to Paint Your Exterior Walls?

Weather plays a crucial role when it comes to selecting the right time to paint the exterior of your commercial building. Try to schedule the paint job sometime around the best drying times. The temperature should not be below 60 degrees F or above 90 degrees F. Also, avoid painting if it is windy or raining outside.

If possible, avoid painting the exterior walls in direct sunlight.


Your commercial painting contractor should be able to help you guide through the process to make it as hassle-free and seamless as possible. They must also take necessary steps to cause the least interruption and inconvenience to your normal business, employees and clients. Try to opt for a contractor that provides flexible scheduling, i.e. working during your slow season or off-hours so that you can continue to function relatively normally.

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