As a shop owner, the state of your equipment says a lot about the way you run your business, but it also determines how well your equipment works, and how long it lasts. This is why it is so important to keep it in tip-top shape!
If your equipment is due for a coat of paint, you want something that will last. However, galvanized metal is incredibly difficult to paint. Because it is non-porous, there is nothing for a coating to “grab” onto. If the coating is not done correctly, it could look shoddy, or not last nearly as long as an investment that large should.
Here are 3 ways to know that your coating will stay in place and make a good impression on your clientele:
Prepping the Surface
The first step to any painting job is to prepare your surface, and that is no different for metal surfaces.
Giving your surface a good cleaning to remove any dirt, grime, and rust is the best place to start.
After you have cleaned your equipment, you’ll need to choose a primer. The right kind of primer is key for ensuring that your coating adheres to your metal surfaces.
Selecting Your Coating
The most common mistake business owners make when repainting their metal surfaces is selecting the wrong primer.
The purpose of a metal primer is to protect your equipment from elemental damage as well as improve adhesion of paint. Metal primers should be rust-inhibitive, and should not be water-based. Water-based primers are more prone to letting moisture through, causing the coating to wear, and rust to form.
Your best option is to use a specialized primer made for galvanized metal. These primers are specially formulated to metals that don’t easily adhere to coating. Often acrylic-based, they are more resistant to water and moisture, improving the longevity of the equipment your business depends on.
Painting your metal surfaces may seem like a hefty expense, but it is worth it to get it done right the first time. It may be tempting to turn it into a DIY job to save some money, but it could end up costing you more in the long run when you have to have it redone anyway.
When it comes to improving the look and performance of your equipment, let the professionals do the work for you. You’ll be glad you did! Many professional painting contractors that do industrial work have lots of experience with the different products and will know which ones work best for your needs.
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For professional painting on your industrial metal surfaces, trust the experts at Armor Tough Coatings!
We have years of experience painting a variety of surfaces in businesses all throughout the Detroit Metro area. Check out what our clients have to say!
Our precision and attention to detail are unmatched and will leave your business looking pristine, giving your customers confidence in you and your business!