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Preparation is a Critical Piece of Any Coating Project

Successful specialty coatings and painting jobs rely on proper preparation.

Successful specialty coatings and painting jobs rely on proper preparation.

If you’re contemplating a coating project for the building you own or manage, below is some solid advice – and important considerations to think about. The first, and most important message we can emphasize is that the appropriate preparation can dictate the success, or failure of your project. Consider the below steps:

  • Pressure washing is a very important first step in preparing the surface you plan to coat (masonry, steel or wood structures). Be sure to clean all areas to remove dust, dirt, chalking, mildew, tree sap and other foreign matter that may be present on the surface. Mildew will need to be treated to stop the re-growth from damaging your new coating.
  • Hand scrape to remove any remaining failing paint on the surface.
  • If the surface is steel, you will need to use a wire brush and/or mechanically grind rust to the bare metal. In some cases, a more aggressive method of sand blasting may be required – in situations where there is a high buildup of rust or mil scale on steel structures to achieve a proper surface ready for coating.
  • Once a surface is clean and prepared, choosing the proper primer is key. Remember, there are many primers on the market and none are suitable for all types of surfaces-if the wrong primer is chosen, your project will have to be re-done (costing you unnecessary additional money and time).
  • Caulking or sealing all open holes, seams and cracks is also a vital step. Picking the right sealant for the project surface also can have a serious impact (positive or negative). It’s important to note that not all sealants are paintable.
  • Finally, you will need to select the right finish for your project. Again, there are many different types of finishes available, and it’s important to understand which product will work optimally in producing a successful, final product.

So as you can see, there is much more to a coating project than meets the eye – a majority of the important steps occur below the final product that you can see.

For your next project: We invite you to call or email us, or send a request through our website at Dakota Evans has highly trained estimators who will visit your location to fully understand your project and make the necessary recommendations. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dakota Evans Restoration

Office: 847-439-5367


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