Site spraying of a Vauxhall dealership took place in St Leonards-on-Sea which is located west of central Hastings in East Sussex. Vanda Coatings were required to re-spray all the framework around windows, entrance doors to the showroom for customers and the sliding doors used to manoeuvre cars in and out of the property.
Both the interior and exterior metalwork was recoated and because the commercial building was extensive this project took a few weeks to complete. The Vauxhalls that were for sale inside the showroom as well as outside the building had to be protected from possible paint overspray. Consequently, all the vehicles were covered in plastic sheeting to guard them against spots of paint. Furthermore, the whole interior was sheeted up to protect cars, desks and other items from stray paint (as can be seen from the top photo).
The inside of the showroom was split level where the top half was a balcony over an open plan floor. Access was needed for such a great height, but building scaffolding or a mobile tower over the stairs would have disrupted trade (see bottom photo). The more practical solution was for our Vanda team to use a cherry picker designed for internal use. This hydraulic crane was electrical rather than diesel because obviously, fumes would be a health and safety issue for personnel indoors.
There are other types of platforms designed for uneven surfaces outside and our Vanda operatives are certified (in PASMA and IPAF) and experienced in using various types of access. The floor inside the dealership was tiled and even, so safe for the cherry picker, however it did need to be protected from the weight of the machine. This was achieved by placing plywood underneath it in order to spread the weight before prepping and spraying began.
The architectural metalwork on this Vauxhall dealership had previously been painted during the last refit, so all the framework had to be sanded back. An orbital sander was used for this part of the preparation before cleaning the abraded substrate. One coat of a specialist primer was spray applied using an HVLP system followed by two top coats of white paint, specially formulated for metal.
Because there were other trades working on the site, any preparation was carried out during the day time while the dealership was still trading. This meant working round electricians, tillers and decorators as well as the Vauxhall employees such as the sales staff and valeters. The actual site spraying of the Vauxhall dealership near Hastings took place during nights so as not to disturb people. Sometimes this is essential in order for a business to continue trading.