Industrial & Commercial Painting

What's The Difference?

Reasons for painting a home, buildings or machinery goes beyond cosmetic reasons. Good painting acts as a protective layer against rust and corrosion. In both industrial and commercial paint, painting is done for business reasons. However, the mode of approach is different since both types of painting are done for different business reasons.

What Is Commercial Painting, And What Are Its Uses?

In commercial painting, the mode of paint is more bent to aesthetics and creating an appealing environment. This is because areas that need commercial paint are designed to impress customers. In your business location, clients will most likely do business with you if the design and painting of your business location are done to perfection. For instance, comforting colors like green and brown are appealing for your coffee bar. A soft, smooth, texture is also more inviting. This can be different in hospitals. In medical areas, white or blue acts as a color of hope and signify a quick recovery. Patients will less likely visit a hospital with black rough finishes and horror graffiti in its walls. A skilled commercial painter can determine the right texture, color, and design for buildings, football stadiums, hospitals, among other areas accessed directly by clients. Precisely, commercial painters are advanced residential painters who work on a larger scale.

Commercial Painters Can Use The Following Types Of Paint

1. Water based paint

Due to its ease of use, water-based paint is common. The surface needs to be cleaned, dried thoroughly and dull before application of the paint. If the area not cleaned thoroughly, water-based paint can be prone to peeling. Peeling of the coat is highly likely if the surface had an initial oil-based paint that was not adequately cleaned and roughened with medium grit sandpaper.

The pros of water-based paint are;

• Low levels of toxic emissions

• Dries quickly

• Flexible finish that is not prone to cracking

• Does not fade due to sunlight

• Has no Mildew growth

2. Oil-based paint

Oil-based paint is highly durable and gives a unique, rich finish. When freshly painted, oil paint can be uncomfortable since it emits strong fumes that can be overwhelming. Since it cannot be easily washed away by water, oil-based paint equipment like brushes can only be cleaned with turpentine to remove any unwanted paint deposits on them.

Some of the pros of oil-based paints include

• Good for high moisture rooms in homes and businesses like massage spas, hotel kitchens, and bathrooms.

• Durable and appealing gloss finish

• Has a longer dry time giving you time to revise any errors.


What Is The Best Commercial Paint Sheen Finishes For Your Business And Home?

The gloss finish of your home or business should be considered before starting your commercial painting project. Different types of gloss finish are ideal for different areas and depend on your type of business and home.

Some of the sheen options available include

• Matte finish

A flat finish has little to no shine and is ideal for nightclubs, dining rooms and master bedrooms for your guest house or home. In business locations where scuff marks, fingerprints, and stains are most likely to get on the wall, a Matte finish is recommended since Matte hides any minor surface imperfections

• Eggshell

Has low sheen levels but is easier to wash and clean stains than Matte. Recommended for areas with higher traffic and is prone to dirt

• Semi-gloss

Has a higher sheen than eggshell and highlights stains easily. Good for areas with moderate traffic and low chances of wall stains due to the stain visibility

• High Gloss

The paint is highly reflective and suitable for business and home walls that need to highlight goods and art placed on walls. On a well-prepped surface, it acts as a sign of elegance and decorum in the business office or at home.

What is industrial painting, and what are its uses?

Industrial coating, on the other hand, is more bent to functionality to aesthetics. In most cases, the industrial painters work in the back-end areas where only technical employees, partners, business owners, and suppliers' access. They are not areas designed to impress, but rather ensure that goods stored in warehouses, machinery used in the warehouses and apparatus used are well painted to function, get durable and withstand harsh conditions for the good of the products. Industrial paints sometimes may not be appealing to the eye. Industrial painters can specialize in automotive painting or machinery painting depending on the type of industrial paint needed.


Since industrial paint is more protective to aesthetic, it is commonly composed of coatings such as

• Epoxy

• Polyutherane

• Moisture cure urethane

• Fluoropolymer

These coatings contain long-chain polymer molecules. When these molecules bond with concrete and steel, reactive molecules like acids and alcohol lock to form a tough, flexible film.

Industrial coatings can also be done using chain growth coatings like polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC is made of monomers which bond and form strong triple bond polymer chains. Industrial painting can also be done using coalescence-based films like latex.

In industrial standards, industrial paint can be divided into three types of coatings

• Metallic coating- commonly uses galvanized steel which is corrosion-resistant

• Organic coating – Uses organic fluoropolymers such as Polyester, Plastisol and Polyurethane.

• Inorganic coating – Uses inorganic materials such as porcelain zinc and ceramic.

However, an organic and inorganic coating can be used together with a mix of additives. Pigment and solvent additives help in application and curing process. Some additives are fire resistant and are essential in high heat environments to prevent fire.

Some Of The Industrial Application Areas Of Industrial Paint

• Can coatings

Can paints help to prevent the can from reacting with the inside content of the metal can. Outside the can, the paint done is for aesthetic purposes.

• Marine coatings

Ships, ferries oil rigs and marine machinery uses the industrial coating for anti-corrosion and anti-fouling reasons due to the salt in the seas.

• Maintenance and protective coatings

These coatings are applied on steel structures like bridges, petroleum and chemical plants, piping and other areas that are prone to wear and tear and high corrosion.