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2 Problem Substrates (And How to Overcome Them)

in Application Techniques

Quick: Name the toughest substrate challenges in commercial painting jobs. If you said concrete and galvanized steel, you’re on the right track.

“Concrete/cement is the No. 1 building material in the world, but more and more galvanized steel is being used,” says Gary Vorick, Global Training Manager, Sherwin-Williams. “These are two of the most problematic surfaces you’re likely to encounter in typical commercial work.”

As with any paint job, proper surface preparation is crucial.

“The No. 1 cause of any paint failure, whether it’s the side of a house or the side of the bridge, is inadequate surface preparation,” Vorick says. He shares his tips on how to prevent paint failure on these substrates.

Galvanized steel

Click here to learn what you need to know and the best products to use on galvanized steel.

Concrete and masonry surfaces

Click here to learn what you need to know and the best products to use on concrete and masonry surfaces.


This article was originally published in the Spring 2017 issue of the Sherwin-Williams CommercialPro newsletter. Get more business-building tips and info on products, services, discounts and project solutions on the Sherwin-Williams contractor website

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