Overcoming Common Commercial Painting Challenges — by Henry Dryfhout

Posted by: Amanda Devries
Category: ARTICLES
H.D Exterior Challenges

Clients, employees and the general public tend to judge organizations by their outer appearance. As such, business managers make sure their buildings look attractive and well kept. A well-groomed building sends a message to everyone that the organization is flourishing, which in turn attracts more business.

A coat of paint will improve the curb appeal of a building. However, sometimes multiple layers of paint may cause cracking, fading, or peeling. Here are some of the common issues that we solve on a regular basis as part of our maintenance services.

Blistered or Cracked Paint:

Often we see buildings with blistered and cracked wall surfaces leading to paint peeling. A few reasons why this may occur are moisture, improperly prepared surfaces before previous coatings and improper product selections. We can quickly improve that image. We remove the peeling and cracked paint and then prepare the surface appropriately to prevent future blistering and cracking. Proper preparation of walls along with product selection is vital to delivering a new painting job that will look attractive in the long run.

Mildew or Mould:

Fungi grow on the shady sides of buildings. Whereas, mould grows on all surfaces — and stains them leading to an unhealthy environment. These two problems require considerable experience. We remove the mould or fungi entirely and then treat the area properly. After, we repaint with mould-resistant paint for long-lasting results.

Faded Paint:

Faded paint on a building is like wearing a frayed shirt. A fresh coat of paint can give your building back its life, letting people see that you have pride in your organization.

It is crucial to select the right grade paint, preferably one that will stand up to weather damage, looks fresh and crisp for a long time.


Chalking, the formation of loosely-based powder on painted walls, is a common problem. Poor quality paintings with high levels of pigments are to be blamed for chalking. Age thinned out and poorly applied paint also cause chalking. We scrape out the loose paint, prime thoroughly using the correct primer for that particular surface, then repaint using high-quality products.