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Don't Make These Commercial Interior Painting Mistakes

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If you have a commercial building and want to try painting the interior of the building on your own, it is important that you use the right tools and techniques. It helps to first understand what the common painting mistakes are so you can work hard to avoid them and have a flawless finished painting job when you're done.

Not Preparing For Painting

When you want to paint the inside of your commercial building, you might feel in a hurry and just want to get it done. However, not taking the right preparation steps could mean a bad paint job that then needs to be re-done. This is not going to save you time, and might even require hiring a professional painter after all. Make sure the walls and baseboards you are painting inside the building are completely clean. Even if they look clean, fingerprints and skin oils could be on them. Once clean, make sure they are dried completely. You should also repair any cracks or holes before you begin painting.

Buying Cheap Painting Tools

You also need to consider the types of tools you are using for painting. Don't try to cut costs by getting the cheapest paint brush you can find, or you will end up with little bristles all over the wet paint. Get high-quality tools and it not only makes the painting go more smoothly, but it helps to avoid these little disasters. You want some quality brushes of varying sizes, as well as paint rollers for the larger sections of walls. Get enough roller covers, tape, plastic, and of course the paint. Purchase more paint than you think you need, especially if you are getting a custom colour. You can save the leftover paint for touchups later on.

Selecting the Wrong Colour

Commercial buildings will usually be painted in a neutral colour indoors, and often outdoors as well. There are some exceptions, like if you have a boutique store or salon where bright colours are part of the style of your business, but for the most part, stick to the beiges and grays. These colours work really well with most office furniture and are not going to become a major distraction. If you're not sure which way to go, talk to someone at the paint or home improvement store. They are excellent at helping choose the right colors.

Not Cutting in

Lastly, make sure you are cutting in with painter's tape before doing any painting. When you get to the edges of walls close to the floor or ceiling, you are at risk of getting paint on those other areas. This creates an imperfect paint job that looks very obvious. Use tape to carefully paint around the edges of the walls you are painting for the best results.

For more information or advice, contact a commercial painter.