Most commercial paint companies whip through buildings like over-enthusiastic five-year-olds, leaving exterior painting smears in all the wrong places. No wonder one of the first questions we’re asked is how we’ll protect car lots and other property. While it’s true that we at Fresh Paint can think of no better way to pass the time than painting, we’re discerning about which surfaces deserve to be on the other side of our brush. In other words, we won’t paint your cars, guys. Not even if there’s a Volkswagen Beatle there that clearly needs to be covered in pictures of daisies. (Quiet, Larry. For the last time, we’re not making VW Bug flowers a part of our service.)
We’ll treat your car lot as though it’s our own. We’ll leave all your property glisteningly clean, even if Larry’s on the team because we love cars almost as much as we love to paint. As consummate exterior painting professionals, we have a hundred tricks up our sleeves for leaving a clear workspace behind us.
Checking the Weather
Once we begin planning and arrive on the scene for your project, we take careful stock of the external factors that will affect our exterior painting environment that day. What direction is the wind blowing? How is the wind speed? Which cars do we need to test drive—I mean protect? How hot is it? How long until your coat will dry? Which tools fit the weather and other environmental factors best?
When you take proper stock of every part of your exterior painting biome, protection can go beyond mere drop cloths. When Mother Nature cooperates, we can often spray your walls without unwanted spray spreading away from your walls, but sometimes, rolling is the best exterior painting option. If we slow the roll, do away with clumsy paint trays, and use thicker paint consistencies, we can prevent splashes on the roughest of rough-weather days. Great technique goes a long way in preventing bristles from being forced into the wrong direction, and we’ve been in the business since the Eighties—we have our technique down pat. We can paint around any car without giving it a stylish new look complete with sprinkles and everything.
The Case for Drop Cloths in Exterior Painting
Even with the many preventative measures at our disposal, we’ve still had to master the humble drop cloth. We’ve learned that exterior painting isn’t always as simple as throwing a sheet over everything. You’ve got to choose something heavy enough to resist wind and remove dust before placement so that the cloth doesn’t cause scratches. Even the wrong size sheet can leave room for exterior painting spatter, and that’s not even mentioning frays. We’ll tape down the edges and use extra layers at Larry’s workstation—I mean where necessary. Our tarps resist oil and elements like the true pros they are, but if they don’t offer 100% coverage, we also prime our exterior painting sprayers so that they won’t sputter – to be extra careful. Even poorly-chosen spray patterns can lead to overspray, so most of our precautions come to the finesse we’ve gained from painting things for decades.
Before a surgeon operates, she carefully prepares the surgical site, covering the surrounding skin so that she has complete control of her environment. We’re just as careful with your exterior painting site, so we won’t leave a glorious, velvety surface on your cars or machinery. Larry would, however, like to remind you that he’s available for painting daisies on VW Beatles.