Painting and Decorating Made Easier!



Advancement occurs according to design. Extensive changes have taken place with pre-finished and patterned products such as doors, moldings and furniture.

Surface applications have been added to decrease drying time and increase workability. Examples: Water-based varnishes, scented coatings, waterborne paint thinners.

Hotel/facility painters and finishers face greater demands for modified and new techniques. They need to know how to apply the products that are developed (a) to adhere to newer construction surface materials and (b) to provide greater durability, and easier maintenance.


1. Changes and Advancements in Techniques:


A. Metalized painting procedures including powder coating and electrostatic finishing, especially for non-ferrous metal.

B. Multi-layered plaster applications with emulsified coatings.

C. Textile fabric applications. Feature: Simulate natural designs.

D. Reduction or elimination of solvents by increased use of waterborne-based coatings. These have replaced typical use of varnishes, sealers and polyurethanes (clear coat system).


Comments about techniques:


Hand and spray applications have increased in detail and overall effect, through wide use of decorative finishing. It is the most creative area of painting.

From a sample, the duplication of a finish into the selected space requires the applicator to envision each step in a process as accurately as possible. Even a random, homogenous finish requires a detailed perspective. If a tool is involved, then every aspect of its use must be known.


2. Changes and Advancements in Methods:


A. Spray gun application involving HVLP (high volume-low pressure).

B. Pressure-fed roller system. Advantage: Allows continuous large scale wall painting.

C. Paint removal systems with solvent entrapment. Change: Less toxic.


Closing Comments about Painting Techniques and Methods:


Often, an existing method of application is used, because the newer product or material is similar to the previously used one. Or, the proven method is redesigned to accommodate the new product.

Methods for applying paints, finishes and coatings are all about adaptability. To select the right method for the project at hand, the painter/finisher must know the product, substrate and condition of the surface, area’s usage and traffic volume, and environmental exposure-cost-durability ratio (ECD).


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HOTEL/FACILITY PAINTER’S TIP 1: Once a month, or more often, stop by your paint supplier. Look around. Check out the new displays. Grab a few brochures. Find out “What’s new.”


HOTEL/FACILITY PAINTER’S TIP 2: Every year, attend at least one trade/industry show. Examples: Hospitality; hotels and lodging; building and construction; painting and finishing; facilities; and/or products, finishes and coatings.

Note: Try to get a non-member event pass/badge from a member, participant or presenter. Examples: paint store manager, product manufacturer’s rep, trade association member, trade officer, large area contractor, etc.


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Changes and advancements in the techniques or methods you use, especially when self-initiated, build a better painter.  Thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”


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