What Type of Prep Work Goes into Commercial Interior Painting?

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Commercial property managers know that a clean, well-painted space can have a positive impact on the mood of their tenants and employees. A recently painted space provides a sense of cleanliness, safety, and professionalism to your workplace. Once you’ve made the wise choice to have painting updates done to your building’s interior, you may be wondering what the next steps are in preparing your commercial space to be painted. The experts at Streamline Painting have put together an easy-to-follow list of expectations for the type of prep work you can expect for your commercial painting project.

Updating your building interior with new paint serves as a great way to protect your surfaces. By maintaining these surfaces with maintenance and a fresh coat of paint, you can ensure that necessary repairs are done in a timely manner to avoid costly damage and extensive repairs that can build up over time. We recommend interior painting projects be completed once every three to five years, depending on your space and use of your building. 

Higher traffic and usage areas like restaurants and hospitals will need paint updates more frequently, while areas like office spaces and retail buildings if regularly cleaned and maintained, can go longer between repainting. Your professional painting contractor should focus on essential steps in ways preparing your building for its repainting. 

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Protecting Your Furniture and Equipment

Before working on your interior project, your contractor will take care to ensure any items inside your building are cared for properly. From covering items and furniture that cannot be moved to protecting other areas not being worked on, each furnishing and every piece of equipment and the floorcovering should be protected.

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A clean surface is the beginning of a well-prepped surface. Cleaning is key to a successful paint job. Walls will need to be scrubbed, scraped, and primed in order for the new coat of paint to adhere properly. Professional painters will bring all the supplies necessary to clean your surfaces so that any grime, build-up, scuffs, and scratches are removed leaving behind a clean surface for the best possible paint finish outcome. 

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Once your surfaces are cleaned, the next step is to repair any imperfections in walls, trim, doors, and ceilings. Cracks in the plaster or drywall will need to be patched. Holes from previous decorations should be filled, while gaps or other indentations will need to be filled, sanded, and smoothed. This ensures that the new coat of paint will adhere properly and evenly to each painted surface. 


Priming your walls before painting them is a simple step that saves you from having to repair and repaint them in the future. This is especially important if the new color you selected is drastically different than what is currently on your walls. 

Primer is specifically designed to give your new coat of paint a nearly perfect surface to adhere to which ultimately gives you a longer-lasting finish. Primer can cover or hide any uneven colors underneath, as well as markings or unsightly discolorations caused by water or other stains. A primed surface will need to be completely dry before completing your painting project.

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After these important steps of surface preparation are completed, your building is ready to be painted. It is important to note that the above-mentioned steps will take specific intervals of time and will need to be correctly completed before a final coat is applied. 

Once paint is applied to your surfaces and dries completely, your contractor will remove any tape, tarps, and other equipment they used to protect your building and everything inside it. Outlet covers, furniture, and decorations will be returned to their original place and your building will be as good as new.

Prep work is an important part of ensuring your painting project’s success. The work done by your contractor well before paint touches a brush is imperative for the overall success and longevity of your update. These steps in preparation of painting your commercial space must be done correctly so that the paint you choose will have the best, longest-lasting finish possible. 

The professional painting contractors at Streamline Painting provide the best prep and painting services the Houston area has to offer. From equipment to flexible scheduling, your next interior painting project will be completed on time and within budget to fit your unique needs. For a free estimate and a detailed outline of what services our painters can provide for you, contact us today.

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Kyle Caywood

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