How to Paint the Exterior Walls of Your Commercial Building

In today's highly competitive business arena, anything you do to help create a good impression of your business in the eyes of prospective customers can go a long way towards increasing your bottom line. For the most part, it is the little things you do that make a big difference.

One way to make your business appeal to the emotions of potential clients is to repaint the exterior walls of your commercial building. Exterior walls are so conspicuous, so you can be sure that your efforts won't go to waste. But to get the results you want, you will need to ensure the job is carried out properly.

If your business is small-scale and your commercial building is small, you may be contemplating painting its exterior walls yourself so as to save on costs. With this easy-to-follow work procedure, you can get the job done just like a pro painter. 

Wash the walls down.

Over time, dirt and grime accumulate on the surface of exterior walls. Microorganisms such as algae, moss, mould and mildew can also grow on the walls due to wet conditions. To achieve optimal results, you will need to make sure your walls are free of any dirt, grime or microbial growth. Armed with a hard-tufted brush and soapy water, wash off the buildup from your walls. Hose down the walls with a garden hose connected to a clean water connection to help flush away any loose buildup. Once the walls are clean, allow them to dry properly.

Remove any old paint and sand the walls.

Fresh liquid paint will not adhere well to the surface of your exterior walls if it is painted over old paint. For this reason, it is imperative to strip the old paint off first — use a wire brush to get the job done. After you have removed old paint, use sandpaper to smoothen the surface of the walls. This will ensure uniform application of wet paint on the walls.

Inspect the walls for cracks.

Before mixing the paint and grabbing your paint brushes and/or roller, inspect your walls to check for any cracks that may need to be fixed. Seal any cracks before getting started with the paint job.

Paint the walls.

Once you are done performing the above-highlighted procedures, your walls will be well-prepped for painting. Grab your paint brushes, rollers and paint and start painting, working your way from the top to the bottom.

Painting the exterior walls of your commercial building can be a time-consuming job. If you need help with the job, you can always hire a commercial painter.