Preparing Surfaces for Painting

All categories of buildings – residential, commercial, retail, government, or industrial requires repainting from time to time. While external surfaces that are exposed to the element must be repainted often, interiors that are maintained well can be repainted once in a while.

Both interior and exterior surfaces that must be repainted require thorough cleaning and preparation before getting painted. This is an often overlooked or an activity whose importance is underestimated. It’s estimated that as much as 80% of painting failures happen due to poor or inadequate surface preparation.

In contrast, preparing a surface for preparation has several advantages:

  • Better Adhesion of the Paint: Different surfaces have different adhesive coefficients which mean they hold, or absorb a coat of paint to different extents. As time passes, and as the surface material withers, its adhesive co-efficient reduces automatically. When they are thoroughly cleaned and prepared for painting, they can hold or adhere to the paint better, without you having to add several coats.
  • The Paint Lasts Longer: When a surface is well-prepared, it extends the life of the paint coats that are applied. Else, one can see peeling, flaking and curling of paints which will require you to repaint in shorter intervals of time.
  • Pleasing to the Eye: When a surface looks old, its defects do not appear prominent. But a newly painted surface with defects in it will stand out like an eyesore. Poorly prepared surfaces that are painted over without attending to the defects stand out in the same way. Gaps, cracks, holes, and chipping in the surface must all be corrected. Only then, will the new coat of paint look good, else, it will be wasted effort and expense.
  • Sealing in the Stains: Old stains in surfaces can remain and painting over them can only make them look more prominent. The stains must first be sealed so that they do not affect the new coats of paint applied.
  • Better Return on your Investment: Good quality paints are expensive and the painting exercise is also costly with most paint service providers charging clients by square feet of area painted. When surfaces are well prepared, it helps prevents loss of time and material when the painting is actually done.

The Cleaning Partners has considerable experience and expertise in preparing various kinds of surfaces for painting. This has made the work of painting service providers easy, and helped property owners get better results from the paint job.

Common surfaces that we handle include concrete, stucco, brick, wood, metal, etc.. Each has its own unique requirements and challenges and The Cleaning Partners is thorough and knowledgeable in how they must be prepared for painting.

  • Concrete: Concrete surfaces require a considerable amount of preparation to factor cracks, previously painted coats, mold, dirt, stains, dust etc and may require the right balance of heat and pressure for maximum results.
  • Stucco: Stucco requires a similar balance of pressure and heat, but due to the texture often involves a bit more time consuming process to eliminate accumulation of dirt, dust and general organic growth.
  • Brick:  Since there are many types of brick surfaces, ranging from very porous to smooth, experience is the key to clean without damaging the surface.  Using the right eqiupment, distance and combination of heat and pressure ensure a positive outcome.
  • Wood: Wood is delicate and if can easily be damaged.  Therefore, experience is the key here in order to prepare the surface while maintaining the integrity.
  • Metal: Metal is relatively easier to handle as other than rust, there is no major challenge with any of the metals.

All this indicates that preparing surfaces for painting is the secret to getting a good finish and look. This enhances the aesthetics of your home or office. Not doing so can be a risky proposition as it may require doing the job a second time, which will delay the finishing of the job and most likely will add costly expenses.

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