Painted walls are ideal for enhancing the appeal of your office space. In addition, the coatings will protect the internal structure of the walls against damage from moisture and other external conditions. Unfortunately, there are some problems which can compromise the effectiveness of the paint. The most common of these issues is paint-peeling. The peeling of painted coatings will lower the aesthetics of the commercial space, and the structure will not be protected. If you are concerned about this problem in your building, you should use these tips to prevent this deterioration.
Clean the Surface
You should ensure that your walls are clean before painting. In general, the paint will not adhere properly to a dirty surface. If your walls have grease, oil, dust or general grime, the fluid will not stick to the building material, and the layers will start peeling off prematurely. Therefore, you should take some steps to prepare your walls for painting. If you have a concrete surface and mould or mildew is growing, you should obtain an electric cleaner for ideal results. Bare timber walls will only require light wiping. However, if there is stubborn dirt or finish, you will need to sand your walls.
Use a Suitable Primer
Your paint might not adhere to your walls after cleaning due to compatibility issues. If the paint and the wall material cannot form a bond, the coating will peel off quite fast. Fortunately, you can improve the adherence of the paint by using a primer. A primer is a preparatory undercoat which is used to ensure the adhesion of the paint. It will also protect the building material from the colouring and damaging effect of the paint. Additionally, the use of primer will increase the durability of the fresh coat of paint. You should be careful when choosing the primer; ensure that your purchased product is suitable for your walls.
Protect from Moisture
You should protect your painted walls from moisture. Water tends to weaken the adhesive bond between the wall and the coating. Typically, the layer of paint will detach with time after continued exposure to moisture. Then, you will notice the bulging of the coating, cracking of the paint and finally, the peeling will occur. You can protect your interior office walls by controlling the humidity and condensation in the space. You can use air conditioning appliances to prevent accumulation of vapour. If you would like to protect the exterior walls, you should ensure that the gutters and downspouts are in good condition.
For more information or advice, contact local commercial painters.