Painting Buildings is terrifying.

Building Painting 101I remember the first few large projects I completed. After you have painted hundreds of houses, there is still something imposing about a large building! Like with any project in life, you just put your head down and start! First its a small corner of the building primed, then the wall starts looking good, then you can take the half-and-half completion photos, etc. Each different portion completed helps build your confidence as you complete the project. While I always attest that hiring a professional is best (and affordable) there are some tips to successfully painting buildings! We will consider this our 101 course and expand in future posts.

  1. You need more paint then you think. This is especially true with building exteriors. Depending on the type of paint already on the building, grime, texture, you will use a lot of paint. I typically make sure to bid 10% more paint then normal square footage amounts. There is nothing worse then running out when you have such a large structure you’re painting!
  2. DO use tinted primer. This is a tip most pro’s won’t tell you about! When picking a building color, its hard to gage tint before you have painted your entire building and the sun is beating down on it. Using tinted primer can keep you from having the wrong shade of exterior paint. PRO TIP. DO IT!
  3. Paint Additives work! Often ignored because of expense, paint additives will typically save you money AND make your painting job look more professional. Paint Additives can lengthen paint lifetime and stop drips and runs. There is a plethora of options on the market, and calling a pro is the best way to know which ones to buy. You can call Zach and ask here.painting buildings 101
  4. Finish each wall in sequence. Most people naturally think that painting by section (baseboards, then trim, then ceiling, etc) is the best method. Painting per wall ensures your paint looks consistent! When you paint each section independently you will get different gloss levels and it will not look as clean.
  5. Box your paint. A fancy industry term, this just means to ensure your combining paint for proper color. There is small color variation from gallon to gallon. To make sure you have consistent color, combine new gallons together when your about halfway through the paint. This ensures the colors combine and remain consistent from wall to wall.

These are just our start up tips for painting buildings! In future posts we will go over some more detailed approaches to making your paint project look great!