The fastest way to brighten up any office is by adding a coat of paint, and now is the perfect time to get this task done before the gloomy days of winter reappear. However, for your commercial painter to provide the ideal finish for the job, you must give them a canvas worth working on. Here are three tips for every business owner who wants to help their commercial painter achieve the perfect result.
When the end goal is a lighter, brighter office, the first choice you should make is deciding which colour paint achieves this. Dark offices with minimal natural light can still achieve brightness when painted with a high light reflective value (LRV) colour. The measurement of LRV paint is on a scale of 1 to 100. The lower the number, the more light the colour absorbs. Black, for example, has an LRV of zero, whereas pure white has an LRV of 100. When discussing colour choices with your painter, consider the LRV value carefully.
Do Not Skimp On Primer
As a business owner, one of your hats is financial planning, and it is tempting to ask your painter to skip the primer phase to save money on the job. However, primer plays an essential role in painting preparation. The difference between paint and primer is the adhesive bond within the primer. The adhesive bond provides a solid platform for the paint to stick. The paint may absorb into the walls without a primer and leave uneven coverage. Therefore, primer is not the place to save money on a painting job.
Prepping The Office
While you must not reduce costs by skipping the primer, you can save money by perfectly prepping the office for the commercial painter's arrival. Prep work that you and your staff can do includes:
- removing all artwork from the walls and having the hook holes patched by a handyman
- clear work stations and put all desk accessories into drawers
- cover all work areas with heavy clear plastic or blankets
- create clear pathways next to walls by moving furniture if necessary
- relocate photocopiers and filing cabinets if they are in the painter's way.
The more effort you put into prepping the office ready for painting, the faster the painter can start the job and get it done.
Use these three tips and other advice provided to you by your painter to get your office ready for a fresh, uplifting paint job this year. Contact commercial painters near you to learn more.