This shouldn’t be rushed. Failure to do proper preparation while painting metal, will lead to failure of the finish and the paint job becoming a total disaster. Many Commercial painters in Jacksonville understand this. That’s why you should expect them to go through the following preparation steps:
Painters in Jacksonville, Florida know that they must rid metal surfaces of grease, grime and rust before applying rust inhibiting primer. We like marine primers such as ProCryl from Sherwin Williams. And new metal may need to be neutralized. However, clean painted surfaces may only require some de-glossing of the surface with sandpaper or 000 SOS to remove the sheen. Persistent dirt can be removed by washing surfaces with a mild detergent solution. That’s when a painting contractor’s can use the years of knowledge to your benefit.
Removing Loose & Peeling Paint
The basic rule for house painting is to never paint over old peeling paint. It can be removed by scraping, sanding or applying a “bonder”. The painting company will come with all the people required to do this job. The alternative method is to use power tools such as sanders/grinders to easily and quickly get rid of the paint. However, painters in Jacksonville, Florida use this method sparingly on metal as it scratches or polishes metal surfaces resulting in paint adhesion problems.
Before painting metal, commercial painters with experience first ensure that they check for rust. After all, rust will not allow the paint to properly adhere to the surface and cause more problems down the road. A good painting contractor will clean rusted surfaces using a wire brush or sand paper to clean off any loose particles. Then embark on converting the rust back to metal!They will then follow it up with the application of a rust converter then a rust inhibitor primer.
Metal surfaces are bound to have small holes and dents. Most painters handle this problem by sanding the area until they reach the bare metal surface. They follow that up by applying a mixture of a degreaser for cleaning. The dents and holes are then filled with an epoxy-based composite. If the holes are big, then the epoxy filer is applied to the edge of the holes and dents. The painting contractor then cuts a piece of fiberglass, slightly smaller than the hole or dent, and presses it into the filler. Further epoxy is applied to it for smoother results.
Be careful using a water-based primer on metal surfaces, very few are adequate. If the moisture seeps through, it can cause rust and the paint to peel off within weeks. Pro Painters use either rust converters or galvanized metal primers when working with metal. A rust converter will prevent the rust from recurring and it makes a rusted surface easier to paint. Galvanized primer is made of aluminum and works by allowing paint from adhering to the surface. Other commercial painters use iron oxide or zinc chromate primers.
Choosing thе rіght painting contractor who understands how to paint metal and the harsh Florida climate will offer great value! This enhances and protects your buildings and save you headaches. Call Pro Color Painting 904-451-3169