Industrial Painting

June 29, 2017

With all that is involved in Industrial Painting, you want to make sure you put your business in the hands of someone you can trust... right? 

Well in this article we are going into great detail about the branch of industrial painting, about what it entails, and what service you should be looking for. You'll learn everything from paint types as well as how to get a fair quote from an industrial painting company.


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Industrial Painting and Coating by Petrusse Norris Painting, Inc.

What is industrial painting?

Unlike rolling out some paint onto the facade of a building or the interior sheetrock walls of an entryway, or even commercial paintingindustrial painting is enormously different. So much so, that most companies can't handle outputting both types of painting without making their heads spin. Industrial painting can be applied to rough surfaces like asphalt, concrete, glass and even metallic things you wouldn't normally be able to paint with a simple bucket from your nearest hardware store.

In industrial painting, preparation is the absolute basis of all operations. This is commonly referred to as coating. Depending on if the desired surface has been previously painted, there may be extra steps involved to equip your surfaces for proper painting. From the get-go, a professional industrial painter should always be the one taking care of these procedures. It's never recommended, especially due to the high volatility of the chemicals and paints used to attempt any of these steps yourself.

In some cases, the abrasive preparation may be used. This is either a combination of wet and dry compounds or separate wet and separate dry components; each method is used to remove rust and chemicals, among other unsightly reactions. Through abrasive preparation, these surfaces can be cleaned properly and ready for priming and painting.


What types of industrial painting jobs are available?

It all gets into the intricacy of different paint types and specifications. Paints have different finishes and textures, so there are virtually infinite possibilities with all the combinations available. There's a comprehensive list below to better guide you through what types of paint there are and their specs.

  • Acrylic: This paint type has a synthetic resin, and is commonly used in water-based or high-performance paints. This is particularly used to bond glass and metal, making it invaluable for certain tasks.
  • Epoxy: You're unlikely to encounter this type of use, depending on which industry you are in. Epoxy paints are used almost solely for aircraft and their parts. These are resistant to weathering from the elements.
  • Inorganic: This paint type is acid-rain resistant, and holds antifungal properties.
  • Polyester: Traditionally used in maritime areas and marine objects.
  • Polyurethane: This type of paint comes with a thick, glossy coating that gives your desired surface that bar counter feeling.
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE): This type is extremely tough and durable, often resistant to most chemical and fair amounts of friction. It's in the same family as polyurethane; engineered plastics blended with paints.

With these types in mind, depending on what project you're thinking of painting, you'll want to research and consult a professional industrial painter before continuing. These give off high levels of chemical scents and are a bit narcotizing when in close proximity or small enclosures.


Specifications of paint

Each type of paint comes with different specifications, which alter the paint types in various ways. You can find a list of them below.

Viscosity: This refers to the industrial-grade paint's ability to flow.

VOC Content: This is a tricky one. Regulated by government specifications, this is all about the amount of evaporation of carbon-based compounds.

Pot Life: A term used to describe the life of industrial paint after it's been mixed, but before it has expired.

Specific Gravity: In reference to the coating of the density of water as specific temperatures.


Specific features of paint

You can also request specific features for your industrial painting jobs. They are invaluable depending on your industry, and definitely worth your time to check out and see if they are a proper fit for your business.

  • Heat-resistant
  • Rust-preventive
  • Waterproof
  • Fire-resistant
  • Anti-static
  • Interior
  • Electro-resistive
  • Water-repellant

Make sure you consult a professional industrial painter to talk about practical applications. For example, placing waterproof featured paint on a walkway could easily cause guests to slip, leaving liability on your hands. Take time to consider these options, and talk to a professional today for help.


When you need industrial painting services

There are hundreds of different types of buildings and industries that require the services of industrial painters. However, for the sake of time, we are going to cover a few in this section to better describe how and why industrial painters are ensuring the quality and integrity of buildings on a day-to-day basis.

Oil Rigs: This is one large-scale project that couldn't properly operate without industrial painters. Between waterproofing certain areas and applying heat-resistant finishes and features to others, there are multiple uses in this subsection that increase safety in a hazardous work environment.

Bridges: These structures need to be resistant to rust. How often have you driven over a bridge, only to see that it's leaking with rust stains from every crevice? It's abhorrently unappealing and can be fixed with a bit of sandblasting and industrial painting by the professionals.

Warehouses: Most of the time, warehouses and workshops are made out of aluminum. If the confines work with high levels of heat, such as steel welders, flammable materials for walls don't see that good an idea. However, certain chemicals can gather a film on the interiors and exteriors, and only need a little spark to ignite. You can imagine that with aluminum walls and no need to appeal to customers, these building types would be neglected. With some sandblasting and protective coating from the professionals, this won't be a problem.

Barns: Sandblasting a barn is definitely going to remove some of the paint, however, it'll take all the buildup and grime off, too. You don't want to attract pests to your crops and cattle with an unmaintained barn. Not only can industrial painters get it clean for you, they can help to keep it that way with protective coatings and paint features.

Concrete Buildings (Schools, etc.): Concrete is a porous material, but when anything gets trapped in there, it's stubborn as can be to get out. You need a professional sandblaster, led by an expert to ensure you're getting the desired effect on your building. Get protective coatings to prevent rapid grime from building, as well.


What is done in industrial painting



In most occurrences, coatings are coverings that are applied to rough surfaces that wouldn't otherwise respond to standard paint. Whether it's for aesthetics or for a particular function, coatings are an entire section of the process during industrial painting.

In industrial painting, coatings have a double-sided usage. They are both protective and decorative; you can increase the corrosion resistance of the material beneath, or alter adhesions. Coatings aren't used for every task, though they are still a vital part of the painting process in most cases.



Don't try this at home. Sandblasting is the technique used to rapidly blow fine shreds of materials at a high-velocity output to clean a surface. This is commonly used before continuing with any of the actual painting or coating processes. This is a carefully controlled procedure; inhalation of any of the possible materials used, especially in high abundance, could be detrimental to your health, resulting in lung cancer or suffocation. Sandblasting should only be done by professionals, and in no way attempted to be done on an amateur stage.

You've probably seen sandblasting on television once or twice before. There is a multitude of different safety gear that needs to be applied before attempting to sandblast. In some instances, the material that's blown onto the surface to clean it could be small bits of steel shrapnel, which, as you could imagine, aren't something you want splashing against your skin. This method can also be used to etch designs into the glass and other materials, though that is not their common use in industrial painting.


Floor Coating and Covering

One of the most common floor coatings applied today is epoxy-based floor coatings on garage floors. This doesn't exclude acrylic as an alternative option, as well. These two are generally the paint type of choice for their fundamental composition. Although this is commonly used in small garages in private residential areas, this can be applied to the floors of a large-scale garage or auto body shop as well.

This process makes these floors easier to maintain. With the coating on the floor, the flooring loses that porous nature, allowing you to sweep up your mess, or in the worst cases, use your water hose to get the mess up and off the floor.



There's nothing more nerve-racking as being the owner of a business, and watching dozens of workmen walking along what appears like shifty and rickety scaffolding. The word "liability" seems to flash in their heads, and for good reason. However, Petrusse Norris Painting, Inc. is fully insured to take away every droplet of worry you could muster up.

Their scaffolding equipment not only meets proper OSHA standards but is backed by the full faith of their crew and reputation, which have preceded them for the duration of their twenty-five-year career in this industry. You can rest assured that the potential issues are taken care of; however, if your inquisitive mind won't allow you to sleep on this topic, you can always consult the professionals for extra surety.


Water Tank Painting

Have you ever seen a horribly rusted and grimy looking water tower in the distance during a drive? That's because they didn't hire the experts to take care of the job effectively.

Sandblasting methods and specific paints can be applied in unison to restore the beauty, and cleanliness of the exterior of any water tank, despite the size. Using the latest equipment and techniques, Petrusse Norris Painting, Inc. will redeem the qualities of your water tank without disrupting the integrity.

These water tanks can still be in current use, without the need to drain anything prior to setting up the restoration project. For breakthroughs in the industry, this is a fantastic feat that makes the process seamless.


How to get a fair quote

It comes down to a few simple facts: reputability and integrity. No business operates for 25 years on rotten principles. There are plenty of companies salivating over your wallet, eager to upcharge every price they possibly can. This isn't the case with Petrusse Norris Painting, Inc.

If you're unaware of where to begin, then you're not the first. Despite your personal inexperience with getting your industrial painting job completed, Petrusse Norris Painting, Inc. won't take advantage of the situation. They are here to commit to your job and deliver top-quality results with staggering accuracy, all within an appropriate bracket of time.


How to choose the right contractor for the job

When it comes down to the nitty-gritty, experience speaks volumes above all else. Those without a proper foothold in the business, while their services may be true, they cannot deliver the exceptional quality that 25 years in the business can as with Petrusse Norris Painting, Inc.

You should take a sizeable look at the job, determine what it is that you need, and peruse the possibilities of costs. Getting a quote is only the first step; you can receive quotes from dozens of companies that attempt to offer the same quality, however, none will compare to what Petrusse Norris Painting, Inc. can do for you.

Between the setup of scaffolding to the intricacies of paint types, features and styles, you have a comprehensive guide to refer back to when making your choice on exactly what is right for your industrial job. The only experts to choose from, should you want the job done properly and effectively, is Petrusse Norris Painting, Inc.

They will take on your industrial paint job with care, attentiveness and apply their twenty-five years of experience to the occasion. If you want the best possible finished product, then you need to hire the very best in the business. Petrusse Norris Painting, Inc. are second to none.

The Author | Melissa Petrusse
Melissa Petrusse, President, Petrusse-Norris Painting - Licensed Painting/Decorating Contractor and Color-Expert. Please feel free to reach out to Melissa with any painting project questions, as she is happy to be of service. Simply fill out the Contact Form found on our Contact Page, as Melissa personally receives each request. View More Post from Melissa Petrusse