The field of industrial painting is not to be confused with the field of commercial painting. While both of these fields will involve painting a building or structure for business reasons, there are different goals in the two processes, and thus different types of paints and painting applications used to achieve them. Read on for some more information about commercial vs. industrial painting.
Commercial painting is focused more on painting a business to be aesthetically pleasing or to align with a company’s brand identity, as customers will be present in the area. While the paint should be durable, what’s more important is the feeling it evokes in customers.
Industrial painting, meanwhile, is focused more on functionality than aesthetics, and creating a durable coating that will be able to withstand the harsh operating conditions in which it’s applied for years to come.
Here’s an overview of what you should know about industrial painting.
Industrial painting projects
Buildings painted in industrial settings are places where members of the public (customers, non-employees) will not enter, which means aesthetics are not a particularly important concern. Instead, the primary focus for industrial painting is to create the longest-lasting coat possible, both for the protection of the surfaces in question as well as for the economic efficiency of the industrial operation.
Most companies will favor oil-based paints over latex paints for industrial applications, as they tend to be more durable. They do take longer to dry, but this longer drying time is worth it for the added protection.
Industrial painting applications also frequently include paint protective varnishes to increase the durability and longevity of the paint used.
Industrial painting does not necessarily have to be performed on buildings. It is also frequently performed on machinery, such as large manufacturing equipment, boats, automobiles, aircraft, structures like bridges and metal storage tanks.
The field of industrial painting also takes into account the environment in which the painted item will be located. Some industrial facilities have high-stress conditions, such as extreme temperatures or exposure to certain types of substances or chemicals. Thus, any coatings used in those areas must be able to hold up to those conditions for an extended period of time.
What kind of painting do you need?
If you understand the difference between commercial and industrial painting, it should make it easier for you to select the kind of painting you need performed at your business. If you work in a business that is customer-facing and where people will be spending lots of time in the building, then it’s more important to get a commercial painting team out to your property to handle your job. If, however, you will be running a manufacturing business, or a type of industrial business in which the general public is unlikely to ever enter the premises or see the machinery to be coated, then you’ll want to make sure you work with industrial painting specialists.
Interested in learning more about types of industrial painting? We encourage you to contact Great Western Painting today with any questions you have about our services.