Most people have come across methylated spirits or paint stripper at some point when decorating their home. It’s brutal on the skin and smells terrible. This is why we offer to remove paint ourselves, because it’s unpleasant without the proper tools.
There’s no point repainting a building if the old colour will just show through, so taking things back to a neutral base layer is a good starting point. It’s increasingly popular to have exposed brick inside houses, and removing the paint and plaster is a good way to see the ‘bones’ of the building and achieve a more rustic, simple look, and it reduces future maintenance costs by reducing trapped moisture and preventing mold. So, if you’re repainting or going for bare walls, paint removal is crucial.
Removing paint from the outside of buildings can be pretty straightforward. First, the paint stripper is applied to liquidate the paint. Then the building is pressure washed with water to rinse the paint away. This may need to be repeated a number of times to make sure the paint is all fully gone, and the water will need to be cleaned properly to prevent stains on the surrounding areas. Finally, the building should be chemically cleaned to get rid of any dirt, pollution or mould that has accumulated.
Removing paint from the inside of buildings is more difficult. If you’re working with a carpeted area or somewhere where the floors are ‘complete’ and don’t need any modification, you’ll need to take steps to protect them- this will usually take the form of plastic sheeting. Even so, you can’t use too much water or any other liquid that might seep into the carpet and damage or stain it. There are other options, including pastes that are applied to the area, covered and left for a few days. They can then be removed with a wallpaper scraper and the remnants of the paint can be removed with a drill with a wire brush attachment and just a standard scrubbing brush and a little bit of water.
The key to a successful paint removal project lies in pre-project testing. Issues such as dwell times, pressures, temperatures, and flow rates and how these factors work together to soften, break down and remove the paint are essential. Working with minimal intervention and utilising methods and techniques that are aligned with the building’s history and future performance needs, conservation and sustainability are at the heart of what we do.
We attend a full inspection and site meeting to understand why you want to remove paint and how you envisage the outcome. Visual inspections are undertaken with you, and the client (or architect/conservation officer) if necessary. Here we look for weaknesses, spalling, or failure of masonry and agree on a testing location.
We use the most appropriate access solution to suit your needs, installing scaffolding, abseiling, or MEWPS to manage the project safely. We also take a proactive approach to environmental and waste management, providing you with options and choice to restore your building with minimal impact. Older buildings may be coated with lead-based paint which means that you will need to consider the safety and environmental impact of removing it. We use specialist paint testing kits which allow you to gauge the lead levels before deciding on a course of action.
The work provided by Building Transformation was excellent. Their product and building exteriors knowledge is detailed, comprehensive and practically applied to the client’s needs. They offer a professional, detailed, high-quality and customer- focused service which meets the short, medium and long-term needs of the client, and provides practical, cost-realistic advice.
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The work provided by Building Transformation was excellent. Their product and building exteriors knowledge is detailed, comprehensive and practically applied to the client’s needs. They offer a professional, detailed, high-quality and customer-focused service which meets the short, medium and long-term needs of the client, and provides practical, cost-realistic advice.
A 200,000 sq. ft., four-storey leisure venue in the heart of Nottingham city centre surrounded by major traffic routes needed work to be done overnight. The Building Transformation staff were flexible and able to work around dynamic operational issues completing the project within three weeks.
May & Co have worked with Building Transformation on a number of projects which have included external building cleaning and refurbishment. They provided a great service, supported by the high level of documentation from the initial quotation to books and industry-related guidance, all relevant to our project.
I am using Building Transformation’s work to help justify façade restoration works around our business. They have produced excellent presentations on what can be achieved and is a brilliant piece of informed marketing that is helping win people over in our business to take façade cleaning and restoration more seriously.
Building Transformation is always mindful of the environments they are working in and take the time to understand the restrictions of each site; whether they be physical or due to the client’s day to day activities. They are extremely proactive and ensure that any issues are flagged to a client immediately, and when doing so always make sure a solution is provided. I couldn’t recommend Building Transformation more highly.
I had a walk around today with Dave and am impressed with the work so far. Dave and the team have done a great job.
I’d certainly love to work with you in the future so perhaps before the job is completed we could look at what opportunities there are for the future.
At this stage, from my point of view your team has been extremely professional, informing us of what was happening at all times and most importantly no disruption whatsoever to our guests and business.
The team at Building Transformation understood our challenge of finding a facade cleaning solution that would initially restore the glazing to its original state, protecting our building for years to come. Through intelligent and thorough testing right through to the full restoration of Block D, we have been very satisfied with the project management and delivery of the cleaning programme.
The work that was provided by company Building Transformation was excellent. Their product and building exteriors knowledge is detailed, comprehensive and practically applied to the client’s needs. Professional, detailed, high quality and customer focused service which meets the short, medium and long terms needs of client’s issues and provides practical, cost realistic advice. .