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A Guide To Industrial Painting

Most people are comfortable painting a wall in their home, but industrial painting is an entirely different beast and requires an industrial painting contractor. Industrial paints and coatings are waterproof, and resistant to chemicals, solvents, and corrosion, while offering a more durable finish than house paints. Most industrial paints will adhere easily to metal surfaces with relative ease. Depending on the demands of your industrial painting project, industrial paint can be applied by brush, roller, dipping, coating, and spraying.

Before Applying Industrial Paint

Before you begin applying your paint, there is some essential preparation to be done for a quality application.

  1. Remove any dirt, debris, grease, or corrosion from the surface you’ll be working with. Sometimes a power washer will do the trick, but other times special detergents and solvents may be required, depending on the surface.
  2. Determine which painting equipment you’ll need for the project. You may be able to get away with brushes or rollers for smaller surfaces, but a sprayer and other more advanced tools are likely a better idea for larger industrial painting projects.
  3. Know what the weather will be like on all days during your painting project. Ideally, you can pick a set of dates with low humidity, temperatures, and wind. Low humidity and temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees are ideal because they can affect how quickly paints dry, and may result in paint that doesn’t stick to surfaces quite like it should.
  4. Extinguish any open flames like pilot lights before you start painting.
  5. Get all the tools you’ll need, including applicators, edging tools, gloves, respirator, and anything else you may need to get the job done.

How to Apply Industrial Paint

  1. Get all your supplies ready, and put on your gloves and respirator mask (make sure you have the right filter cartridges in place).
  2. Begin applying your paint with the appropriate tools, much like you would any other painting project, but keep in mind that the edges of industrial paint will dry quickly, so it’s best if you feather out the paints when possible to avoid the appearance of overlaps in your paint.
  3. When taking breaks from painting, conceal your brush or roller in aluminum foil and spraying guns in water to prevent the paint from drying on your tools, as industrial paints are much harder to remove than your average house paint.
  4. When you’re done applying your industrial paints, clean them with tap water right away to avoid permanent damage to your tools. When using paint spraying guns, follow up your initial water rinse with mineral water to avoid clogging of tools.

In many cases, at least with small to medium-sized projects, the actual process of industrial painting isn’t much different than painting at home. However, it’s the special techniques and nuances that industrial painting contractors train for and can only pick up through experience that will result in an exceptionally industrial painting project.

If you’re looking for an industrial painting contractor give us a call at (888) 272-5308 we’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have.

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Documenting South Africa’s Farewell to Nelson Mandela with @danielberehulak

To view photos and videos from the 10 days of mourning for Nelson Mandela, follow @danielberehulak on Instagram.

Following the news of Nelson Mandela’s death, Australian photojournalist Daniel Berehulak (@danielberehulak) has been sharing scenes from the 10 days of mourning.

From the crowds which gathered to pay respects outside the former South African president’s home in Houghton, Johannesburg, to the stands of the First National Bank (FNB) stadium for the state memorial service, Daniel has been sharing photos while covering the story for the New York Times, choosing moments and outtakes which wouldn’t make the picture desk cut.

Some of the most moving photos from the last 10 days show crowds thronging the pavements along the route of the funeral procession being lead through Pretoria. He said the atmosphere along the route was one of joy—with people celebrating Mandela’s life more than mourning it.

"The mood indeed has been mixed, with people overcome with emotion only shortly after witnessing the cortège driving past, with the reality probably setting in," he said. "Thousands and thousands of people lined up to catch buses in order to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela. The mood was incredibly jovial despite the sombre reality. People want to celebrate his life rather than mourn it. They were certainly marking it by singing and dancing in the streets."

Daniel’s photos have captured a nation in mourning for a leader and the celebration of an outstanding life. “People were paying homage to his incredible life and the impact that he and had on South Africa and what he meant to people across the world.” On Sunday, a traditional burial ceremony took place in Qunu, Mandela’s Eastern Cape home town.

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Mexico Celebrates Día de Muertos

To view photos and videos from those celebrations, visit the Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico and Oaxaca, Mexico location pages or browse the #DíadeMuertos hashtag.

Every year from October 31 to November 2, Mexicans celebrate Día de Muertos or the Day of the Dead. Friends and family gather to remember, celebrate and pray for their loved ones who have passed. Celebrants build altars called ofrendas for the deceased using calaveras (sugar skulls), marigolds and the favorite foods, beverages and possessions of the departed. The streets near cemeteries are also filled with parades and decorations.

Though first observed in Mexico, today Día de Muertos is observed around the world, and Instagrammers are there capturing the celebrations.

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001/365: The Inside Scoop on Flickr.

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Sochi: Building a City for the Olympics

To view more photos and videos from Sochi, browse the #Sochi2014 hashtag, explore the Сочи / Sochi, Sochi, Морской Порт / Sochi seaport, Олимпийский парк / Sochi Olympic Park and Горнолыжный Центр - Роза Хутор | Rosa Khutor - Alpine Center location pages on Instagram

"Two years ago, I came here and I remember these small, old two-story houses and this tiny airport," recalls Russian Instagrammer Julia Mikhaleva (@myatna). “As I was flying into Sochi for the Winter Olympics, I looked out of the window and all I could see were lights upon lights coming from this big city.”

Julia is one of many Russians who have been amazed (“and pleasantly surprised,” she adds) by the rapid transformation of Sochi to prepare the city for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Sitting on Russia’s southernmost coast looking out onto the Black Sea, the resort town was a popular holiday destination for its warmer climate and proximity to alpine ski slopes. A train line now connects brand new venues at the “coastal cluster” and “mountain cluster” for the 2014 Olympic events.

The successful bid to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi also led to the construction of new buildings, a new road infrastructure, an expanded airport and hotels. Sochi’s metamorphosis is also expected to turn the city into a popular ski resort for locals and tourists after the Games.