Types Of Commercial Coatings And Their Uses

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As a commercial property owner, you probably know the impact that a fresh coat of paint can have on your facility. In the least, it adds a new lease of life to the space, making it vastly more appealing to both clients and workers. But as you go about painting your walls and ceilings, you mustn’t forget all your other equipment. The last thing you need is to have your walls shiny and brand new and the furniture and equipment inside looking rusty and old.

Well, this is where coating comes in. By regularly coating these assets, you get to increase their lifespan, reducing any damages from external factors like rust and chemical corrosion. In this article, we will look at the different types of commercial coatings you can use. We’ll see what they are made from and what you can use them for.


Types Of Commercial Coatings


There are 5 major coatings used by painters out there today. They include :



Lacquers are clear coatings that are made using sap collected from the lacquer tree. The tree itself typically grows in Asian countries like Japan and China. Lacquer coatings are mainly used to protect metal, wood and other surfaces. You can use them for furniture, industrial equipment, wood paneling and other architectural applications. Because of their durable quality, lacquer can act as a base for pigmented coatings or shellac.


Polyurethane Coating

A polyurethane coating is a more viscous kind of polyurethane that you apply to a surface to protect it. They are made from polyols or polyisocyanates and are getting increasingly popular because of their superior toughness and resistance properties. They are also really flexible and have a great adhesion capability to different substrates.

Due to their tough, chemical resistant nature, polyurethane coatings are good for abrasion, heat, chemical, and corrosion resistance. You can apply them on wood surfaces and steel or concrete and industrial maintenance coatings to give them a tough, glossy finish.



Varnishes are clear transparent liquid coatings you apply to add a layer of protective coating to a surface. Usually, they are made from blending, resin, drier, oils and volatile solvent. On drying, the solvent evaporates, and the other components polymerize or oxidize, forming a tough transparent film. This, in turn, makes the surface more durable, waterproof, and abrasion-resistant.  You can even apply it in multiple layers to add durability.


Powder Coatings

Powder coatings are other commonly used types of coatings you’ll find out there. Usually, they are applied in dry powder form using spray applicators. You then expose the powder coating particles to heat, either after or while coating, to bind them to the surface. The particles will melt and then harden into the final coat. They work best for appliances, metal, electrical, and automotive equipment.



A primer or undercoat is basically a special kind of coat that you use to prepare a surface for a second coat. The primer is meant to give the top coat more adhesion, making sure it bonds properly to the substrate. By so doing, the primer increases the durability of the paint, giving extra protection for the painted material. It also helps prevent discoloring and corrosion while correcting any unevenness of the underlying coat.

A primer is recommended for any type of painting project. Whether it is bare metal, brick, wood or drywall, it will reduce the need for more layers of coats while ensuring that the paint sticks well to the surface.



Well, there you have it. With a few of these in hand, your commercial property will be looking sparkly and new in no time.  But even so, it can still be a little hard to know which one is best for your particular use. At Painter Bros, we live and breathe paint, and specialize in commercial painting. We have all the coatings you need, plus the experts to provide insight on how and where you can use them for best results. For more information, feel free to contact us today.