7 Industrial Painting Tips for Facility Management

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Facility managers and maintenance managers for industrial facilities have a lot on their plate, and painting is one area that can be overlooked since it is not always an immediate priority to an industrial facility’s daily operations. But when painting does need to be done, there are countless ways you can ensure it is done effectively and efficiently. Here are a few:

  1. Budget and plan ahead for painting projects — Many painting projects are impromptu and not accounted for in maintenance budgets, which tends to lead to lost employee time and lower quality painting jobs that don’t perform over time and require the further expense of repainting.
  2. Choose materials for durability, not only price — Consider the cost per year of a coating by looking not only at its price tag but combining that information with its life expectancy. If you find areas of your facility need frequent repainting, it’s likely that the coating quality is too low and is actually costing more annually.
  3. Consult with your painting contractor on materials — While you may know more about the specific requirements of your facility, an experienced painting contractor may have experience with a given coating choice that would be a valuable supplement to an architect’s or manager’s specifications.
  4. Ensure quality equipment is used — All painting equipment is not created equal.  When a painting company does not own the proper equipment, many painters end up using cheap tools to apply paint. But whether it is a truly good brush, roller or metalizing system, better equipment has a huge impact on the overall speed and quality of a paint job.
  5. Consider low VOC paints — Low VOC paints have the advantage of environmental sustainability, but they also can save your company money. Painting work areas with low or zero VOC paints can mean not having to interrupt work or remove employees until the paint dries, since they do not emit the level of fumes that other paints do.
  6. Use antimicrobial or mildew/mold resistant coatings — Putting bacteria or mildew resistant materials in moisture prone or high sanitation areas can save time and money on cleaning.
  7. Avoid silicon caulk in places that might be painted — Silicon resists water very well, but it also resists paint of nearly any kind. Either the new paint will bead up and peel or the painters will have to remove and replace any silicon caulk before painting over it.

Achieving durable and cost-effective painting for your facility is much easier with a highly experienced painting contractor. Cor-Ray Painting Company brings more than 25 years of experience with paints and coatings in a variety of industrial applications in the L.A. area and throughout California. Call us at (562) 906-9770 or click here to get an estimate.

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