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Commercial Painting Old Buildings

All commercial painting requires buildings to start out with a fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceilings. A new building will usually be painted first, and then as time goes on and more renovations take place, it might become necessary to repaint or touch up areas. The way the space is lit will determine which color scheme looks best.

Commercial exterior paints can be divided into four basic categories: flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, and glossy.


  • Flat paints reflect light very little so they reduce shine and glare off shiny surfaces but also cause objects to appear duller than they actually are — this may not work well for rooms that receive a lot of natural light.
  • Eggshells provide moderate sheen and increased clarity and brightness levels — great for commercial spaces where natural light is abundant.
  • Semi-gloss paint creates a hard, smooth finish that’s more resistant to stains and dirt compared to flat paints but may create too much glare for rooms with low lighting.
  • Glossier paints reflect the most light out of all four categories which help prevent shadows or dark corners in rooms with little natural or artificial lighting sources.


Regardless of whether you are painting an entire building or simply touching up existing spaces with new colors, there are several factors to keep in mind when you are choosing commercial paints.


Consider the quality of the paint product.

The protection, appearance, and cost of a paint job can be directly related to its ingredients, so make sure you choose a high-quality commercial paint product for your business. Higher quality commercial paints will provide better coverage, more durability, and an extended lifespan — meaning fewer touch-ups in the future. The types of pigments used in lower grade paints may fade or alter color over time, ultimately resulting in poor performance and an unattractive appearance. Additionally, cheaper paints tend to begin peeling within just months after being applied whereas higher quality products can last up to several years before needing extra coats or repainting entirely.Commercial Painting Pros


Look at what type of material is going to be painted.

Not all commercial paints are designed to adhere to all types of materials, so it’s important to use the right type for what you’re painting. For example, if you plan on painting over a metal surface (such as a door or street sign) and want to give it a semi-gloss finish, make sure the paint product is specifically designed for metal — glossy exterior paint will chip and peel off in no time! It’s also not recommended that you paint wood using an eggshell or flat paint because these finishes can be yellow when exposed to natural light over time.

For that matter, always remember that different types of commercial paints come in different sheens too — never mix matte and gloss together when painting interior walls because it will look out of place.


Consider the paint’s weather resistance.

If you plan on painting exterior spaces at all, consider using commercial paints that are both fade and weather-resistant to prevent color change or peeling in high traffic areas. Although they may be more expensive than lower grade products, commercial paints will give you an extended lifespan while looking just as good if not better than less durable alternatives. These types of paints are also designed to work well with different types of lighting to help ensure every space shines its brightest no matter what time it is!

Specialty paints can make a world of difference when it comes to the overall appearance and purpose of your business. And if you want that perfect shade for your future commercial building but aren’t sure which one would look best, consider consulting the professionals at your local paint supplier. They should be able to help you find the ideal product that meets both your needs and budget!