Painting a commercial space can be quite the daunting task, especially if you’re choosing to go at it solo. But what can you do once you've found a good commercial painting idea to ensure the final product comes out looking like it had been completed by a pro?
Take a look at these 5 best practices for painting commercial spaces to ensure you get the best results possible when taking on a colossal task.
1) PREPARATION MATTERS.
When it comes to painting a wall, paint won’t just stick to any old surface. You’ll have to prep it first. Do your best to make sure the surface area you’re painting is clean, doesn’t have a glossy finish and is in great condition.
If the drywall is imperfect or needs patching, be sure to take care of this first. Afterwards, you can smooth it out with a sander, prime it and you’ll be ready to paint over it like a professional.
2) REMOVE WALL PLATES AND FIXTURES
Before painting your commercial space, make your job easier by removing all the wall plates covering light switches, plugins and any other accessories. It’ll not only save you time by not having to clean paint off of unwanted surfaces, but you’re final product will look much better and professional.
3) PRIMER COMES FIRST
Nothing makes paint shine more than a good coat of primer. It brings out the true color of the paint and can really make a commercial space pop. Also, when it comes to picking a primer, choose one that’s tented according to the color you choose to paint your wall. For darker colors, choose a darker shade of primer and for lighter colors, a lighter shade of colors.
4) PAINT WITH SKILL
Be smart when you begin painting your commercial space. An edge pad will allow you to paint clean lines not only around doorframes, but ceiling edges and corners too. When painting the wall, use a pattern.
We find what works best is to start in the upper corner of the wall, and slowly work your way out in long vertical motions as you paint the interior space. Also, try your best not to leave wet edge lines while painting. This can give a “border” effect and the paint won’t dry as a smooth, even surface.
5) DON’T SECOND GUESS YOURSELF
After the job has been completed, don’t second guess yourself and try touching up areas that have already started to dry. By repainting over these areas, you can leave color streaks and marks on the surface of the paint. It’s best to let it dry 100% and then revisit the wall for a second coat later.
What are your tips and tricks for painting a commercial space?