4 Things To Plan For When Painting An Office


When your offices require interior painting, it can be difficult trying to work out the logistics. Working in the office through the process likely isn't possible due to the disturbances and the fumes, but you don't want to close down operations more than what is absolutely necessary. It's easier to create a plan for interior office painting if you have an idea of what needs to be included in the painting schedule.

1. Furniture Move-Out

Walls need to be completely accessible and the painters need room to set up ladders and equipment. If only the walls are being painted, then furniture can simply be moved into the center of each office and covered. Everything may need to be moved completely out of the office if there are ceilings to be painted as well. You may need the assistance of your IT department, as well, if computers and other tech will need to be disconnected and moved prior to painting. 

2. Wall Cleaning

Paint will not adhere properly nor provide an even coating when applied to a dirty wall. Even nearly invisible grime, like skin oils, can affect adhesion and the final finish. Walls will be cleaned thoroughly, either by the painting crew or as arranged through your own building cleaning and maintenance crew. Cleaning also includes taking down artwork along with removing staples and other hardware that may be embedded into the walls. 

3. Taping and Prep

Preparing the walls for paint takes some time, but it does ensure the best paint job. Your painters may begin by removing some wall fixtures, such as outlet and switch covers. They will then take the time to tape off trim, including baseboards and door frames so that drips aren't a problem. Any damage must also be repaired. Prep time can vary greatly depending on the covering currently on your office walls. For example, chair rails and corner protectors may require removal, or there could be wallpaper or decals on the wall that must be scraped off so that the walls are prepped for paint.

4. Paint Application

The final step is the paint application. This typically begins with a coat of primer to provide an even surface that paint can easily adhere to. Primer also ensures more even color application when the paint is applied on top. The primer is allowed to dry, and then it is followed by two or three coats of paint. These are typically applied several hours apart so that each coat has a chance to dry sufficiently.

Preparing and painting a small office can often be done over a weekend when the office is closed. Larger office buildings may require painting in sections so that operations can continue throughout the process. Contact a commercial painting contractor for more help. 


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