If you want your offices or another commercial space painted, you’ll need to hire a team of commercial painters to do the job. Painters can often seem to speak their own language, and sometimes look to be doing work that you don’t think is necessary. This guide will help you understand what they’re doing, why they’re doing it and what they are talking about.
What is a commercial painter?
Commercial painters operate on a different scale to residential painters, as rooms are generally bigger and more uniform; however the basic paint and techniques are still largely the same as the blokes who paint your house.
Where do they start?
Before the painting can get to the finish, which will be the part that affects how your walls and ceiling will look, the painters need to apply the base coat. The base coat won’t be visible once the painting is complete, and is made up of two layers, the primer and the first coat. If you are repainting, rather than painting a wall from scratch, you can usually skip the base coat as it will have already been done.
How do they put on the base coat?
The first step for your team of commercial painters is to put on the primer, which protects uncoated material underneath the paint. Primers are usually applied with a spray over masonry or plaster, although special primers can be used on tiles.
The next part of the base coat is the first coat, which will make the paint of the final coat look more solid. You will need to have decided what colour the wall will be by this point, because light colours need a light first coat, while darker shades will need a dark first coat.
The first coat will be either oil or water based – it doesn’t really matter which for the look of the finished painting. Oil based paints tend to be thicker, however they can also release more fumes. Water based first coats are applied in as many layers as required to get a nice even finish.
What comes after the first coat?
After the first coat is applied properly the painters will start on the finish coat (painters aren’t very creative with naming things). The finish coat will be where you really need to know what you want the walls to look like, because this is the visible layer.
Based on your vision for the offices, you will need to decide not only which colour to use for the finish coat but also which type of finish paint you want your commercial painters to use.
What finish paints are there and what do they do?
There are five main types of paint that can be used in the finish coats, and they fall into three categories based on how reflective you want the wall to be. The types of paint (in their categories) are: matte; eggshell and satin; and semi-gloss and gloss.
Matte (or flat) paint is the least reflective paint type, and can be used to make a room appear darker. It is the most common type of wall paint, as it hides any imperfection in the wall or in the base coat very effectively. Matte walls can be quite difficult to clean, however.
Eggshell and satin (satin is slightly shinier) are moderately reflective, and are both more durable and easier to clean than matte paint. For this reason they are generally used in bathrooms.
Gloss and semi-gloss are the most reflective options for your office, and will amplify the existing light. These kinds of paint are most often used on doors and cabinets. As standard room paint they are very effective for making a statement, although any imperfections in the wall will be highlighted.
That’s it! After the finish coat is on and dried, the painting job is done and you can get on with furnishing and decorating your office.