How do we carry out Retail Spraying in a Live Environment?
Within the commercial sector, any architectural metal can be recoated in a wide range of properties such as warehouses and shop fronts both on high streets and in shopping centres. Carrying out retail spraying in a live environment may be necessary as part of a new build programme, on-going maintenance or refurbishment projects. Furthermore, on site retail spraying can take place on individual outlets or across a nationwide roll-out programme. It is not just the exterior entrances, roller shutters and shop front fascia’s themselves that can be recoated, interior features such as staircases, lift doors, chillers and point of sale units all benefit from spraying if they are in good working order.
The substrates found in the retail industry range from bare aluminium to roller or hand painted surfaces. These traditional methods of applying paint can leave brush marks which then need abrading to create a smooth plane for the new top coat. Metal items are often powder coated in a factory when they are manufactured and this finish is usually durable, however over time all coatings potentially fail for various reasons.
Chips and fading paintwork doesn’t give a business a good impression, so a re-spray is a way of enhancing the appearance of metalwork as well as increasing its life expectancy. Sometimes a colour change is necessary for re-branding or simply to freshen up the image of a company. Whatever the rationale for a new finish, on-site paint spraying is often the only option because huge architectural metal items cannot be removed from the site in order to be powder coated in a factory.
For numerous reasons on-site painting often has to be completed out of hours. Managers do not want to lose business while their outlet is being painted and they don’t want to waste time moving stock out of the way. Consequently, re-spraying in a live environment, with stock in situ is ideal for retailers as it saves time and money. This means professional operatives start their work as soon as the shop closes and often carry on through the night to complete the project before the outlet opens the following day.
To save time, sometimes masking up can start during the day before the shop closes especially if some of the architectural metalwork is out of the way of customers and staff. Masking in order to protect items from overspray is an essential part of a high quality paint job and this is often the most time consuming aspect of any refurbishment project in the retail sector. It is essential stock such as food, beverages or pharmaceuticals are not contaminated with paint and any other items cannot be sold if they are soiled with spots of paint. Floors, walls and shelves containing live items can all be covered with plastic sheeting to shield them from any overspray if for example a ceiling in a supermarket is being revamped. In this case mechanisms in the ceiling such as lights, speakers, sprinklers and alarms would also be masked off using plastic and tape to safeguard them.
When it comes to the retail spraying, any RAL or BS colour can be matched and various types of paint application have different benefits. Large expanses such as ceilings can be recoated using an HVLP airless spray system and a lance extension and stilts can be used for quickly reaching up high. For paint that effectively wraps around metal items such as bannisters and hard to reach metal surfaces, the electrostatic technique is ideal.
Whatever the chosen method, after carrying out the retail spraying in a live environment, a professional team will de-mask quickly and clear up thoroughly, leaving the store aesthetically improved. It is important to find a professional, insured on-site spraying company who will offer value for money and versatility, but a thorough job involving proper preparation resulting in a first class finish can only really be achieved by experienced operatives.