How To Plan The Painting Of A Commercial Facade
The shops, offices, companies, warehouses, and commercial premises require overtime to improve their visibility by renovating their commercial facades. This action requires, in most cases, to execute, in a planned manner, the painting of facades.
Paint The Facade In An Organized Way
Any alteration of a common element in a building needs the unanimous approval of the property owners. The painting of facades can be considered for these purposes, a modification of the common elements. Although there are court rulings in this regard that offer some flexibility to the norm, it is highly recommended before beginning to paint a façade to be sure that there is a permit from the community of owners.
The next step, although it is usually carried out de facto, requires obtaining the corresponding building permit either the owner of the premises, the contractor or the company that will carry out the task must have this and other permits in order to avoid administrative penalties.
Of course, it is not the same to paint commercial premises without activity or opening hours to the public than another that, in the meantime, paints the facade continues to serve customers. In both cases, it will be necessary to organize the tasks, with the exception of trying not to work during the hours that may be more affluent in the case of open trade.
Steps To Painting A Facade
Before painting, you have to follow some guidelines as preparation before painting the facade:
- Objects near the facade must be removed. If they are anchored to the ground or are municipally owned, they should be protected.
- Delimit with bodybuilder tape the total area of the facade to be painted.
- Clean and smooth the entire surface to be painted.
- Apply putty to all cracks, fissures, or holes in the facade.
- Sand the surface to facilitate the grip of the paint that we do not have a shiny or too smooth surface.
- Remove the traces of saltpeter that adhere to the facade due to the interaction of moisture with the materials.
- Clean dirt, grease or dust remains.
- Use painter’s tape to mark the areas of the facade that are painted in a different color.
After completing all the steps prior to painting the façade, we moved on to the actual painting task.
In the work of painting facades, it could be said that “each teacher has his booklet” just as there are not two identical facades, nor are there two identical painters. However, in order to ensure that the work is impeccable, well done, and without finishing defects, it is recommended to follow the following steps:
- First, apply a coat of primer over the entire surface to be painted. It will be necessary to use a different type of primer depending on the facade material and the type of paint to be used.
- The paint has to be very well mixed. It is a good idea to remix it from time to time. Do not forget to consult the manufacturer’s instructions in this regard.
- Of course, you cannot paint with the primer still wet. We have to make sure that it is completely dry.
- Choose the tool that best suits the task at hand. The air gun for painting, the brush, the roller, or the brush are very useful, but each one in its proper facet. It is not necessary to paint an entire façade with a brush as it would be extremely tiring as well as impractical.
- Start painting. Always from the edges to the center of the facade. The predominant colors first. After applying the first layer, the surface must be allowed to dry. The usual thing in most acrylic based paints is to apply two coats of paint, although it will always depend on the type of surface, the color that the facade already had, and the color was chosen to paint it again.