Commercial Painting

Commercial Painting: everything you should know

You have definitely heard of the term commercial painting before. The name is pretty self-explanatory, but not self-explanatory enough for you to forgo the necessary, ground knowledge about it. Learn what exactly it is that commercial painters do, in what scale do they carry out their job, and how is commercial painting different from other types of painting like a residential painting?!

To being, let us discuss what exactly does commercial painting mean and who does it. You may soon learn that commercial painting is what you have needed all the time and was going for the wrong painting service all the while!

What is commercial painting?

Commercial painting is, explained in simple terms, residential painting in larger scales. This painting service is not that different from standard house painting. The major difference is that commercial paint is what factories, workshops, offices, and other business units go for. Naturally, painting the walls of a factory is not the same as painting the house of a family of four.

Depending on the material the walls are built with, different paint types are used in commercial painting. These materials tend to be different from normal materials used in constructing a normal building. That is why, the paint types and painting methods of this style are sometimes different from a regular residential painting methods. Sometimes, even the equipment are not the same!

Commercial Painting

Commercial painters, different or the same?

It may be your question too to know if commercial painters are any different from other painters in what they do and how they do it. To answer that question, we should first take a look at a commercial painter’s job skills, knowledge, and characteristics as a painter.

  • Active Listening

  • Coordination

  • Dependability

  • Attention to detail

  • Stress tolerance

  • Monitoring

  • Creativity

  • Patience

  • Adequate training and experience

  • Analytic thinking

  • Ability to work in heights

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By reading the list you notice that compared to the skills and traits of a residential painter, there is not much difference between these two painters with different working styles. On the other hand, a commercial painter’s equipment and working tools are mostly different from those of house painters. of course, brushes and paint boxes are the same everywhere! By reading the list, you will better understand the concept:

Commercial painting equipment

The most important and crucial equipment in commercial painting are:

Power Washer

When looking at the list of what a commercial painter need to carry out his job, perhaps a power washer is not going to be your first guess. But it is important to remember that keeping a decent power washer at your side can easily remove the need for a small scrap or knife to peel the dried and old paint off. Spending an hour or two on washing the place you plan on painting, and you will be good to go (of course, you may need more time if the scale of the paint job is too big).


Although single pole ladders are used a considerable number of times in commercial painting, the most frequently used type of ladder in this working style is the extension ladder and sometimes even the step ladder. Although these ladders are not self-supporting, they are relatively safe even if they are used in unsteady grounds. The extension ladder’s length is adjustable and thus, very useful in different situations.


Scaffolding has a number of different types, but when it comes to painting, the most frequently seen ones are supported scaffoldings and suspended scaffoldings. Scaffolds are not exclusively used in commercial painting of course, and they even go beyond painting! They are working tools that let workers reach heights and different elevated grounds of the interior and exterior parts of a building. They may be needed during construction work, painting buildings, or repair tasks.

Man lift

Manlifts are permanently installed elevation devices that are used in place of an elevator, since an elevator can stand on nothing outside of a building. Small manlifts are no taller than 40 feet, but the bigger models can reach as high as 180 feet! They are relatively safe but can prove to be dangerous if the person standing on them is heavier than the lift itself, or simply move too much. Tipping the lift from side to side is NOT a good idea when you are 180 feet into the air!

Scissor lift

Compared to man lifts, scissor lifts are much safer and more reliable for the same purpose. The only downside to it is that a scissor life is usually from 20 feet to 40 feet tall, and can be no longer than that! and thus, they may prove to be useful for buildings that are not that tall, or even residential buildings; but not tall buildings like company buildings or tall sites.

Paint sprayer

If there is one thing that is so important in painting, and can turn the best wall paint into an undesirable heap of chemicals on a plaster surface is: the details. Perhaps, even more important in commercial painting than residential painting, or even industrial painting. Paint sprayers enable a much more detail-oriented work flow for the painter, as the cracks and bumps that can’t be covered with brush are easily coated with paint sprayers! These small tools are essential in all types of painting.

Commercial painting note: commercial painting is, as mentioned before, not very different from the standard house painting procedure. Similar to each other, they both usually include both interior painting and exterior painting. This is also mentioned in contracts as a line that the client can either change or simply agree to.

Commercial paint tips

Exterior commercial painters tend to stick to a standard operating procedure. From the very first stage which is preparing the surface for the paint job, to the very last which is the clean-up and disposal, these painters try their best to produce high quality results for their clients. If your commercial painter is not, by any chance, up to your standards and show inadequate skills in his or her field, try reconsidering your choice and going for a more credible painting company instead!

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