Commercial Painting Contractors

Avoiding the Most Common Exterior Painting Mistakes

  • Common Exterior Painting Mistakes. This Old House says that exterior paint should last, on average, between five and ten years. However, we’ve seen cases over the years where a paint job lasted far shorter than that because someone decided they’d “save money” by doing the job themselves, or by choosing a substandard painting contractor. SmithPro Commercial Painting is a commercial painting company with a difference: painting contractors with the skill, experience, and pride to get the job done right the first time, so your business looks its best for as long as possible.

    Common Paint Problems

    To be clear, not all commercial painting problems are the result of poor workmanship. Age, sunlight, and the elements will all take their toll on painted exteriors. Paint can crack, a problem that’s exacerbated by water and ice infiltration. It can also take on a chalky appearance as it wears. And of course, sunlight will cause paint to fade over time. However, each of these problems can be avoided with a bit of planning and knowledge — especially since many of them have their roots in problems that should’ve been addressed early in the process.

    Painting Mistakes and Their Consequences

    But what happens when the job isn’t done properly? Two problems crop up most frequently.

    Intercoat Peeling

    When a surface hasn’t been prepared properly, the primer and paint cannot adhere the way they should. As a result, the paint will begin to peel. As we’ve already seen, when paint peels, it’s easier for ice and water to infiltrate that surface and make the problem worse.

    Bubbling and Peeling Paint

    Sometimes the elements start wreaking havoc on your painted surfaces before the paint is even dry. When a surface isn’t dry before it’s painted, the combination of moisture and high temperatures can cause paint to bubble, blister, and peel. That sets up a cascade of events similar to those experienced during intercoat peeling.

    The SmithPro Difference

    How are we able to avoid many of these mistakes? It begins with proper surface preparation, since each painted surface has unique needs. Wood, metal, concrete, and stucco each have different requirements for surface preparation, and approaching each according to its needs nips many common problems in the bud. That means a clean, dry surface, the right primer for the underlying material, and a paint that’s intended for the primer.

    The choice of paint also matters. Just as different surfaces require different prep, the same paint won’t work well in all circumstances. Furthermore, a good commercial painting company also takes into account the amount of sunlight on exposed surfaces, weather, pollution, and a number of other factors.

    Finally, it’s not just the paint that matters; it’s the people. If a crew doesn’t work carefully and take pride in their work, the results are all too often substandard. Our painting crews — each member of which have, on average, seven years’ experience on the job — give their best each day, and the results speak for themselves (as our customers will readily attest). For commercial painting done right, contact SmithPro Commercial Painting to explore the possibilities of your next project.

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