One of our long-time clients, a commercial general contractor, contacted us recently to ask for our help with a project in Elgin, IL. Specifically, there was a commercial space that had fantastic bones, so to speak, but was badly in need of an update. We were more than happy to offer our services, bringing a more modern look to this tired property.
Our mission included three main components:
- Office painting
- Painting the service area (walls and ceiling)
- Installing a clear, epoxy floor system with anti-slip properties
Let’s take a closer look at what could definitely be called Extreme Makeover: Commercial Edition.
Wall and Ceiling Painting for a Commercial Service Area
We used a “blow down” technique to prepare the surface, then coated it with two coats of an acrylic paint. As you can see in the photos above, this created a bright, fresh look overhead. And, for more information about why this paint is just as functional as it is attractive, take a look at our previous article: Warehouse Ceiling Painting in Wisconsin.
The walls in this service area were cleaned and prepped (a hugely important part of the process), then painted. To cover the existing blue color on the lower portions we use two coats, but the upper, non-blue sections looked fantastic after just one.
Installing an Anti-Slip Epoxy Floor System (Including Stairs!)
The benefits of an epoxy floor system can’t be overstated. For more details about this service, please visit our epoxy service page. You can find the nitty gritty details there. Or, if you have questions about how this solution might fit your particular space, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.
- We began by using our diamond grinders to mechanically grind away the existing coatings that were clinging to the floor. After all, a fresh start is crucial in order to create the proper flooring profile.
- We then filled any and all abnormal cracks, holes, and gouges.
- Using a chemical degreaser, we removed any oily areas on the surface.
- For the priming stage we used one coat of P 3504 oil-resistant epoxy primer.
- The topcoat consisted of one coat of GP 3745, 100% solids clear epoxy.
So, what about the non-slip aspect of the process? Well, to achieve that extra level of grip (and safety) we used an anti-slip additive that was added to the wet epoxy, then back-rolled to encapsulate it.
Another Commercial Maintenance Project Completed
So, what do you think of how it turned out? We were thrilled to be able to update and improve this property, helping an old client/friend in the process.
As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have!