account executive to work through the specification
Getting an expert’s opinion on coatings for your
facility is a smart move.
“Seek the advice of a professional, a PDCA painting
contractor, or a technical representative of a paint
manufacturer,” adds Cusumano.
Ultimately, spending a little more money upfront to purchase a high-quality product is a better
choice. Consider the lifecycle of your coating products, and heed expert advice on proper specification
“Several quality levels exist from all manufacturers,” says Kyle. “On areas where severe conditions
exist, products that are designed to stand up against
physical wear and aggressive conditions will pay
dividends in the long run.” B
Jenna M. Aker is a contributing editor for BUILDINGS
Choosing the Correct Paint
While satin and eggshell sheens work well for
many commercial interiors, there is no easy prescription for paints. Specifying the right paint system
is just as important as surface preparation. Experts
repeat again and again that there is no best paint.
Color, sheen, durability, washability, scrubbability,
LEED or regional environmental requirements are
factors when choosing coatings for your facility.
“The right product is dependent on the type of
substrate and its condition, as well as exposure or
use of the area where the coating will be applied,”
MPI provides a free guide to choosing the correct
product on a project-specific basis at
“You have to match up the product and the system based on the exposure requirements and the
substrate, whether it’s drywall, wood, or metal,” says
Watson, who recommends using an architectural
Cutting: When cutting-in, always push the tool away from your body while breathing out. If you pull the tool toward
your body, your heartbeat alters the movement of the tool direction, as will the upward pull of your rib cage and
shoulders while inhaling.
Sponging: This technique is useful when drywall filler or spackle needs to be made smooth and even with the
surrounding surfaces, but sanding would create unwanted dust. A damp, firm, flat sponge can be used in place of
sandpaper to obtain satisfactory surface readiness for painting without creating a lot of dust. Rub the sponge against
the surface with a slow and steady pressure, occasionally emptying the excess dust from the sponge.
Textured Ceilings: Most texture sprays used on ceilings are sensitive to water but not solvent. If a latex paint is used
the first time the texture is painted, the perimeter area cut in with a brush must be allowed to dry thoroughly before
proceeding with rolling the remainder of the surface. If this is not done, and you roll into an area that has been softened by the water in the paint used to cut in, areas of texture may peel back to the primed drywall. This problem does
not occur if you paint a textured ceiling the first time with alkyd flat. Future repaints can be done with alkyd or latex.
TIPS FOR PROFESSIONAL-LOOKING PAINT JOBS
Use these best practices from the Master Painters Institute to ensure
a quality paint job
“ Odor-reducing capabilities, antimicrobial capabilities, and lowering
the VOC content – those are the current
breakthroughs of finishings and paints.
Another trend is new formulations of acrylics
that are offering higher performance as opposed
to your standard architectural/commercial-grade
products.” — Rick Watson, Sherwin Williams