The tilt wall painting process starts with confirming that the tilt panels have been patched with a material that hides imperfections in the concrete. Once it has been patched and approved, Graydaze begins pressure washing the entire exterior of the building to ensure that all dirt and debris are removed and left behind with clean concrete. After panels have been cleaned, a pH test is performed to confirm the pH levels of the concrete are compatible with the specified coating. Next, primer is applied to a small section of the building and allowed to cure per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Once this time has passed, an adhesion test is performed by one of our project managers. Once the test is complete, and we can ensure that the coating will adhere to the panel, primer is applied to the rest of the building. When the primer is complete, our paint crew begins the texture application. This process includes the same adhesion test as the primer, as well as periodic inspections to ensure that the appropriate mil thickness is achieved. After texture coatings are applied, any specified accent colors are painted on the building with a smooth coating.
Textured coatings are durable, high-build coatings that are used to seal porous surfaces while still allowing the concrete surface to breath. Texture allows structural concrete to look architectural and helps camouflage defects in the concrete, which is ideal for a tilt up warehouse. It comes in multiple finishes such as fine, medium, and coarse, to be able to achieve the best look possible. A uniform finish is achieved by using a spray application.
Yes, texture coatings help camouflage imperfections in the concrete. However, we recommend patching any large concentrations of imperfections before texture is applied to assure the surface is as smooth as possible.
Tilt up panels are poured and formed on site and tilted up with a crane. Precast panels are poured and formed in another location and transported to the site where they are installed. Precast panels are usually more narrow than typical tilt up panels due to the precast panels having to travel on roadways.
Yes, precast concrete can be painted. The process is the same as tilt wall painting.
Only if the texture does not come in a desired color. The texture coating is capable of being tinted to a wide range of colors, but only up to a mid-tone base. If you are trying to achieve a deep, dark color, you will have to apply a topcoat of acrylic paint.
Texture coatings seal, decorate, and protect porous surfaces which allows a warehouse to look architectural, instead of structural. Texture coatings help hide imperfections in the concrete and overall provides a better look to the building.
We recommend a repaint every 5-7 years because of the effect climate can have on a paint job. UV exposure can cause chalking and fading of paint, which would result in a building looking dull and rundown. If you are a new owner, you can also choose to rebrand your building to match your company colors, and to help the building shine like it is brand new.
Prep work starts the day we arrive on site to bid on the project. We determine many factors during this visit, such as what type of primer will need to be used and how many joints will need to be replaced. When our crew arrives, we start prepping with a safety assessment to address any concerns or hazards. We prepare for a successful project by meeting with the tenant and introducing our foreman as the point of contact to ensure that the rest of the project runs smoothly. Once the safety assessment and introductions are complete, our crew starts with pressure washing the entire building to ensure that all dirt and debris are removed. We also mask off any items with plastic and tape to ensure that there is no overspray on unpainted items.
We pride ourselves in making it easy on the property managers. We work directly with the tenant and coordinate with their schedule. Our project manager assigned to your job sends out a two-week look-ahead with a detailed schedule of what areas we will be working in so the tenant can approve or let us know of any changes that need to be made. This way the tenant and the painters can both work as efficiently as possible.
This is the first sign that it is getting close to time for a repaint. The sun, humidity, air quality, and chemicals can cause paint to fade over time and make the color of your building look dull.
If your caulk is cracking, then it is drying out and losing its integrity. This could eventually cause water intrusion if the joints are not cut out and replaced properly. Failing joints will cause the building to not be weatherproof and could allow moisture inside the building.
The white, powdery cracks on your concrete is something called efflorescence. This happens when there is a transference of moisture in and out of the panels, which results in salt deposits to form on the surface. This can be an eyesore, but it’s easily solved by patching the cracked concrete and repainting the area.
There are a lot of factors that can come into play when talking about how quickly a warehouse can be painted. This depends on the square footage. A bigger building will likely mean a longer timeframe. Another factor is if the building is active or not. If there are no trucks coming in and out all day, then we would be able to paint more efficiently within a smaller time frame. If the building is active, we directly work with the tenant to ensure that we can finish in a timely manner without disrupting production.
We recommend replacing the caulking of a building every 10-12 years or every other paint job. However, if you inspect your building and notice your caulking is cracking, peeling, alligatoring or if light is visible through the joints from the inside, it is probably time to consider replacing the caulking on your building.
When thinking about your budget, keep in mind that pricing will be based on the square footage of the tilt walls and individual items. If you’re interested in repainting your warehouse, contact us and we will gladly provide you with an itemized, detailed proposal.