There are a lot of things that you may want to paint or coat but are unsure what paint should be used. Floors in a shop, warehouse, or area that sees foot and equipment traffic may show wear very quickly, even with the best paint so how do you keep the paint looking good? By selecting the right paint for the job.
Not Just Any Paint
Industrial coatings are not like the paint you use at home. In most cases, they are urethane based paints that dry to a hard, wear-resistant finish and can be used in many different applications. Floors are just one of the places you can apply it. Often industrial paints are used on machines and equipment on production lines, to mark safe and restricted areas, and sometimes they are even used outside, where the weather is a factor in the durability of the paint. These paints dry to a hard, shiny finish that is bonded to the material it is on but preparing the surface is important if you want it to last.
Before an industrial paint can be applied to a surface, it needs to be free of dirt, rust, or other contaminants like oil or grease that would prevent it from bonding with the base material. Cleaning the surfaces before coating them with a good industrial solvent is a good place to start. The solvent you should not leave a residue behind and it needs to be strong enough to remove years of oil, grease, or other stubborn materials from the surface. If you are not sure what to buy, you can talk to one of the professionals at the paint shop where you are getting your paint. They will be able to point you in the right direction and get you a cleaner that will work with the paint you are using.
Coating the Area or Parts
Once the area or part to be painted is clean, you can move forward with applying the paint. Read the directions completely because some industrial paints need to dry between coats, while others want you to just allow it to get sticky than apply the next coat over the first. The difference is going to be because of the ingredients in the paint itself. For paints with more urethane in them, allowing the paint to dry between coats is often recommended but the drying time can be a full 24 hours or more. The best way to ensure that the paint lasts for a long time is to follow the steps just as the manufacturer specifies. If you do it right, the paint or coating may last for years, depending on the conditions it is subjected to.