The Painting Solution: Episode 1

Hello and welcome to the first episode in our “Painting Solutions” series on the best practices we and every reputable painting contractor should follow when painting a residential complex. Episode one focuses on the importance of high pressure cleaning.

Before we begin, let’s give a definition of what we are talking about when we say high pressure cleaning. High pressure cleaning is the use of a high-pressure water spray to remove loose paint, mould, mildew, grime, dust, mud and dirt from surfaces, in this case at residential complexes). The machine contains a water pump which is then powered by a motor, either electric or petrol. The washer takes in water from a tap, the pump accelerates the water to high pressure, and then squirts it from a rotating nozzle through a trigger gun at a pressure of between 200-350 bars. The pressure will be dependent on the condition of the substrate and paint adhesion.

High pressure cleaning is extremely important as it removes old, layered and peeling paint coatings, as well as mould and mildew that has developed due to weather conditions. A good high-pressure wash will also expose various other defects such structural cracks, bad plaster and damp issues which could easily have been disguised by old paint. Even though the machine boasts a great deal of pressure, it’s still only water, and is therefore kind to most hard surfaces.

High pressure cleaning is an absolute necessity in terms of surface preparation. High pressure washing clears all surfaces appropriately before coatings are applied. By eliminating unwanted elements and chemicals on the surface, new paint applications can sufficiently adhere to the substrate. This will allow for the applied products to last for the maximum duration.

If your multi-unit residential development needs painting, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 086 100 2257 or to find out how we can have your property looking brand new (after starting the process with HIGH PRESSURE CLEANING).