How a Ceiling Deck Spray Painting of Your Facility Can Give You a Competitive Advantage
Posted Jan 17, 2022 by Dave Scaturro
They say ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ and we agree. What would your customers, clients, business partners, or an inspector say about your business if your commercial space, warehouse or manufacturing facility’s ceiling were dark and dirty? Most likely they would be left with an unfavorable impression of your business and to some extent, have concerns about its safety. A bright, clean space is necessary for productivity and for demonstrating that you have a well run operation. It also ensures readiness when facility inspections by current or potential customers drop by with little notice and time to properly clean.
Advantages of a Well Maintained Ceiling
Just as a bright sky can always be trusted to provide a sense of refreshing energy, a well done interior ceiling painting job can do just the same to an individual’s mood. The right color can help increase productivity by energizing warehouse workers, especially when applied to a surface like a ceiling, which covers an entire space. Experienced contractors know how to utilize paint colors, finishes, products to their full potential, and how to get better light reflectance in a dark warehouse. Whether the job is painting structural steel, corrugated decking, open web joists, sprinkler piping, or conduit, a clean coat of paint looks neat and professional. A fresh coat can enliven employee spirits, and a new color scheme can even serve to reinvent a company’s image.
Having a dirty, dark, and unpainted ceiling in a commercial building, factory and warehouse can also become a safety issue. Ceilings contain many non visible areas where contamination can form and cause spontaneous combustion due to oil residue, paper dust, ink paper dust, and solvents from processes taking place below in a current or previous manufacturing process. In addition, an unclean ceiling can contaminate products during the manufacturing process by allowing dirt or contamination to fall down onto the production line.
Taking safety measures a step further, proper maintenance of ceilings by applying a fresh coat of paint also gives you the opportunity to color-code piping so service trades people and firefighters have a safe and easy way of identifying each pipe function, especially for those ceilings that contain multiple, intertwining parts. A clear layout of your ceiling’s piping can not only save time for your trades people, but also preserve the life of others during an emergency. It also goes without saying that properly color coded pipes can be more aesthetically pleasing to your staff and visitors.
How Alpine Gets the Job Done
There is much more to commercial and industrial coating than appearances. Expert contractors understand that proper surface preparation is essential to ensure that the new coating adheres properly to the surface. The practicality of a selected ceiling paint is just as important. Dryfall paint for ceilings, for example, ensures that when a warehouse ceiling is painted, none drips down and hits the equipment or product stored in the warehouse. Dryfall paint actually dries to dust before it hits the ground, allowing it to be cleaned up easily by sweeping, rather than having to meticulously wipe it off items.
Time is very valuable for all businesses and having to endure any level of shutdown to paint can be detrimental to its bottom line. This is why a company with expertise in interior ceiling deck spray painting, such as Alpine Painting, is a necessity if you want to remain competitive. With this in mind, corrugated ceiling deck painting contractors with a long work history, plan their jobs diligently to make sure little to no production is lost.
Interested in learning our process? Generally, we approach each interior ceiling deck spray painting job as follows:
- All movable material, supplies and equipment is removed from the work area by the owner to allow the crew to work safely and access all areas to be painted. Alpine then uses plastic and tarps to drape and cover equipment and floor surfaces.
- Existing ceiling surfaces, not to be painted, such as, conduit, radiant heat, interior lighting and HVAC equipment are wrapped in plastic to protect against spray. Covering sprinkler heads is important, and are covered with tin foil to protect from paint. This also allows heads to function in case of an emergency.
- After the surrounding work surfaces are covered, we provide two to three scissor and/or articulating boom lifts to safely and efficiently access all the areas to be painted.
- Adequate surface preparation is essential to obtain both a chemical/mechanical bond and provide proper paint adhesion. Our team utilizes compressed air to clean the dust/debris from surfaces to be coated.
- After the surfaces are cleaned, we prepare the metal surfaces by hand and power tool cleaning using disk grinders, scrapers and wire brushes to remove loose rust and peeling paint. Any areas showing signs of heavy dust, grease or grime is hand solvent wiped to a sound surface.
- Once the ceiling substrates are prepared and cleaned properly, we apply one full coat of Sherwin Williams Opti-Bond Multi-Surface Coating to Ceiling Steel Surfaces. Opti-Bond is a high performance, rust inhibitive coating specialty designed for painting overhead decking, beams, piping, joists and rusted steel. (Note that on some projects, where rust is visible, we do not recommend a dry fall coating. Pre-existing rust on steel open web joists can bleed through newly painted surfaces unless a rust inhibitive paint or proper primer is applied. In some cases, applying one full coat of the specialized rust inhibitive ceiling coating is less labor intensive than first priming the open web joist with a rust inhibitive metal primer and then coating the entire ceiling with dry fall.)
When Only the Best Will Do
Warehouse and manufacturing ceiling painting projects are difficult and time sensitive jobs. We perform this work on weekends and/or nights and work double shifts, if necessary, to ensure your facility is back up and running in the least amount of time. Those searching for an exceptional commercial and industrial painter in New Jersey and New York should contact Alpine Painting, as we have four decades of experience painting floors, walls, ceilings and offices. We can be reached online at www.alpinepainting.com, or by phone at (866) 596-0349.