The Difference Between Commercial And Industrial Painting Services

June 21, 2017

If you own a business and need your building painted, you may be asking yourself "Should I be contacting Commercial or Industrial painting companies? ".. right ?

Well don't worry you're not alone, and in this article, we are going to help demystify the difference for you.  

Painting an entire building takes a lot of investment so it's necessary that you plan it well. You don't want to waste a big amount of money and a lot of time when you realize you did the painting wrong.

So to help you in distinguishing which type of painting you need for your building, I have covered the following topics:

Let's do this! 

The Difference Between Commercial and Industrial Painting Services 


Commercial painting and industrial painting both involve painting a building for business purposes, but they both involve doing so with opposite goals in mind. With commercial painting and industrial painting having differing goals, they are approached by a painting company in different ways. Commercial painting involves painting a business where customers will be present, an example of this would be some type of retail store. It's important that the paint used is durable, but it's just as important that it impart a positive feeling in the customers that see it. In many respects, a commercial painting job is similar to a residential painting job, only on a larger scale. Industrial painting, on the other hand, is all about function over form, it's about creating a durable layer of paint that will stand up to the harsh conditions of a manufacturing type of environment. 

How A Commercial Painting Project Is Approached


When you own a business that deals with customers on a retail level one of the most important things you have to do is ensure that your business portrays itself in the right way. For example, if you run a retail store with walls that have old and faded paint on them, then people will likely associate your business in a more unfavorable light. On the other hand, if you have walls that are in good repair, and you have a fresh and vibrant coat of paint, then people will be more likely to have a pleasant feeling regarding your business. So as a business owner it makes good business sense to try to get people to have as positive of a feeling as possible when they come to your store.

In most cases, the best type of paint for a commercial painting project is a high-quality latex paint. Latex paint is not as durable as oil based paint, but it does offer several advantages. The biggest advantage is that it dries quickly, which is important because the longer you have wet paint on your walls the longer you won't be able to be open for business. While latex paint doesn't have the same level of durability or resistance to stains as oil paint, this generally isn't an issue since you won't be subjecting your walls to the same kind of abuse that they would see in an industrial environment. When the time comes to paint your commercial building make sure that you use a company that specializes in this type of work. While commercial painting is similar in approach to residential painting, it is a bigger job that requires a larger and more experienced team to complete. 


How An Industrial Painting Project Is Approached

While commercial painting takes into account the aesthetics involved in painting a business, commercial painting is more concerned with creating a durable finish that will stand up to abuse and last for a long time. Commercial painting is the type of painting that needs to be done in an environment that is used for any type of manufacturing purposes. Buildings that are painted according to this approach are not buildings where customers or other members of the public spend any time. Because of this, any aesthetics are not an issue and instead the focus is made upon putting the most durable and longest lasting coat of paint as possible. Unlike commercial painting of a building, many companies will favor an oil based paint instead of latex. Oil based paints to take longer to dry, but they also tend to be more durable and longer lasting. In many cases in addition to traditional paint protective varnishes are applied as well to further enhance the durability and longevity of the paint.

Industrial painting can also refer to any type of painting that is done on types of machinery such as automobiles, boats, or aircraft, or on structures such as bridges. In these types of cases durability is still of paramount importance, but since the public will be exposed to the items mentioned above there does need to be some additional care taken to make sure that the final product looks good in addition to being durable and long lasting. After all, not many people would want to drive a car with a hideous paint job even if that paint job was projected to last without fading or chipping for a very long time.

How Do I Know If I Should Have My Business Painted As A Commercial Business Or An Industrial Business?

Now that you understand a little more about the differences between commercial painting and industrial painting you should be better equipped to understand which approach is right for your business. As a general rule of thumb if you work in customer service type of field where people will be spending time in your building, then you are going to want to have a commercial painting company handle the job for you. On the other hand, if you are running any type of manufacturing business where your walls will be exposed to temperature extremes and other types of abuse then you are going to want to have a business that specializes in industrial painting handle the job for you.

Choosing The Right Company To Paint Your Building

After exploring your options and deciding which type of painting process you need for your building the next step is to find a company to come in and do the job for you. It is very important that you take your time and use good judgment when hiring a painting company. While the temptation to hire a cheap company and save money on the project might be strong, this is often something that will end up coming back to haunt you down the road. Instead of basing your decision only on the amount you are being charged, you should base it upon a wide range of factors. How much will the company charge you and is it a reasonable amount? Is the company you are hiring licensed, bonded, and insured? Does the company you are considering hiring have expertise in the type of job you need to be done and do they have a history of happy prior clients? Once you ask these questions and get the right answers, then you can rest assured that you have made the right choice when hiring a painting company.

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