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What is the difference between commercial and industrial painting?

Construction, Industrial

Painting a large building is a considerable investment. In terms of both cost and time, painting jobs should be carefully planned to ensure optimal efficiency. If you’re involved in the management of a large building, whether commercial or industrial, you’ll want to ensure that you employ the right contractors for your painting project. In brief, a commercial painting project will focus on aesthetics and durability while an industrial painting project will focus solely on the durability of the finish.

Commercial painting – the facts

When complete, a commercial building will regularly be visited by customers and occupied by employees. Commercial painting projects should therefore create an attractive and pleasant environment. They should also reflect the business’ identity by using specific brand colours and signage.

Commercial painting projects usually use a high-quality latex-based paint. Latex-based paint is not as durable as oil-based paint but in a commercial environment the painted surfaces should only receive limited amounts of wear and tear and exposure to damage. Latex-based paint is quick drying. This is a great characteristic for commercial painting projects as the sooner the paint dries, the sooner the business can open up to customers. Commercial painting projects include:

  • Shops (internal & external)
  • Supermarkets
  • Leisure centres
  • Hotels
  • Retail centres
  • Office buildings
  • Medical centres (hospitals, doctor’s surgeries, therapists)
  • Educational establishments (schools, colleges, universities)

Industrial painting – the facts

Industrial painting is focused on provided the best possible protection to the painted surfaces. Industrial painting refers to painting projects in factories and warehouses which are not visited by customers or members of the public. The choice of paint for industrial projects is purely utilitarian and aesthetic appearance is not a consideration.

Industrial painting specialists favour oil-based paints over the latex-based paints used in commercial painting projects. Oil-based paints take longer to dry than latex-based paints but once dry create a far more durable finish. Protective varnishes are often applied to the dry layer of paint to further increase durability and protection. Industrial painting projects include:

  • Warehouses
  • Factories
  • Power plants
  • Car parks
  • Laboratories

Industrial painting also includes the painting of machinery and architectural structures including:

  • Cars
  • Boats
  • Aircraft
  • Bridges

At PPR, we often offer placements to experienced commercial and industrial painters. To find out more visit our Job Search page to view our current opportunities.