There are many things to consider when preparing for a commercial painting project. After you’ve found the right painting contractor, there are several things you can do to ensure the project goes as smoothly as possible. The proper preparation can save time and money since the painting crew will be able to begin work as soon as they arrive on site.
Ten Ways to Prepare for a Commercial Painting Project
1. Decide What You Want
Select colors and finishes early in the planning process. Before the crew arrives, you should know what areas you want painted and what colors and finishes will be used. Changing a dark wall to a lighter shade requires additional coats of paint or primer and will add to the cost. If you decide to make significant changes after the work begins, the time and cost it takes to complete the project will increase.
2. Remove and Protect Furniture
Although the painting crew usually moves or covers large furniture and equipment, you should handle small or fragile items. Electronics, pictures, and decorative items should be removed from the space to prevent accidental damage.
3. Make Space
Clear the areas to be painted as much as possible. Move cabinets, desks, and other furniture to the center of the room. Clearing the perimeter makes it easier for the painters to get around and reduces the risk of tripping hazards. If the space is small, you may need to remove most of the furniture to ensure there is enough space to work safely.
4. Make Necessary Repairs
After removing artwork and other objects, you may notice cracks and other blemishes on surfaces to be painted. Either repair them in advance or check with your painting company to see if they can make necessary repairs for an additional fee.
Paint adheres better to clean surfaces, so it’s essential to remove dust, dirt, and stains that build up on surfaces over time. The painters you hire will either clean or apply a proper primer to prepare the walls. However, it’s best to take the time to sweep, vacuum, or mop the floors. This will ensure that dust and any particles left behind from moving furniture and equipment are collected and don’t end up in your new paint job.
6. Prepare the Exterior
If the exterior of your commercial building is being painted, it’s important to have it pressure washed and any necessary repairs completed before painting begins. Most commercial painting companies can handle small repairs and pressure washing for an additional fee. If significant damage needs to be repaired, you may need to contact a carpenter or other professional for assistance.
7. Consider Access and Obstructions
Think about access and potential obstructions that could interfere with a painting crew. Moving bulky furniture or equipment out of tight spaces means they can complete the job more quickly, saving valuable time. Make sure employees and customers do not have access where painters are scheduled to work.
8. Limit Exposure
Paint fumes can cause nausea, headaches, and dizziness for certain people. Low- or no-VOC paints help minimize these reactions. Scheduling your painting project after business hours or allowing employees to work from home during the process helps prevent problems if adequate ventilation isn’t available.
9. Discuss Health and Safety Issues
Professional painting companies follow strict safety guidelines and procedures to protect their employees and customers. A company representative should provide information about licenses, insurance, warranties, and safety precautions. They’ll also be able to advise you on the best way to complete the job with minimal interruptions to your business operations.
10. Ask Questions
Most painting contractors will do preparation and repair work, but some clients prefer to save money and do some of it on their own. When you contract with a professional painting company, ask what you need to do regarding site preparation. These details should be in writing, so you have plenty of time to prepare your property and employees before the painters arrive.
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The Painting Pros, Inc. is a high-quality, award-winning painting contractor. Since 1978, we’ve served homeowners, business owners, and property managers across the San Jose area. When it’s time to update your commercial property, call The Painting Pros to discuss your needs. Our team of painting professionals handles jobs of all sizes, and we’re ready to help you transform your property with a new paint job.
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