When you own a commercial building, you want it to appear as well-kept, functional, and attractive as possible. After all, your physical location says a lot about the way you operate your business!


At DANCO Commercial Painters, we know the tremendous value a quality paint job can offer your business. But when it comes to commercial painting, there are a variety of issues that can arise with age and wear.


To help you maintain your building in top shape, below, our team has outlined a few of the most common commercial painting problems and how we can help you solve them.

1. Fading Paint

Faded paint makes your building appear worn and poorly kept. It diminishes curb appeal and sends the wrong message to your customers and vendors. But, with some quality prep work and a fresh coat of color, our DANCO team can bring your building’s appearance back to life.


While all paints eventually fade, the timeframe in which they fade depends on the quality of the paint. If you’ve had trouble with fading paint for years, it’s probably a good idea to consider selecting a more fade-resistant, higher-grade paint.


If you’re not sure which paint options are well-suited to your building, our industrial painting contractors can point you in the right direction.

2. Peeling Paint

Another challenge with commercial painting is when the paint begins to come off the wall due to poor adhesion when initially applied. This is also a common occurrence if multiple layers of paint have been placed on top of each other.


One option for combating this is to make sure that the walls are clean before application. Using a high-quality primer can reduce the risk, and only purchasing high-quality paints can lower the chances of the paint peeling.

3. Cracking or Crazing

If individuals are not familiar with the commercial painting paint process, they may not realize that surface preparation is critical.

Cracking and crazing can happen when the paint film that has dried begins splitting through one of the coats that have been applied. This can happen because the first coat may have been wet before the second was placed on top of it, and in most cases, the area was not prepared correctly, causing a cracking issue.


In some situations, the whole area may have to be repainted and repaired, and it can be resolved by using a scraper, cleaning the section, and making sure the surface is primed.

4. Galvanizing

Another consideration is dealing with a galvanized surface that has accumulated rust. This is more prone to happen if a business is painting commercial locations with metal on the outside to cover.


If the rust is not removed, painting over it isn't going to stop it from spreading, and in most cases, the paint will not stick, can blister, and may even have metal shavings in it, which can create an unsavory aesthetic.


There are certain paints available that can help create a barrier between the rust and the environment, but in most cases, you're going to need to consider the condition of the metal and how bad the rust is. Removing any loose rust with sandpaper or a wire brush, applying a primer and high-quality paint can help remedy this.

5. Alligatoring

Though alligators might be exclusive to the South, alligatoring can happen to any commercial paint job – even one in the Twin Cities.


What exactly is alligatoring? The term is used to describe paint that contains large, wide cracks that typically begin as noticeable wrinkles.


As the paint wrinkles expand, they create excess tension in the coats of paint. When the tension reaches a tipping point, the wrinkle ruptures, allowing moisture to penetrate beneath the paint. Though alligatoring may appear minor, when enough moisture accumulates between the paint and the substrate, the paint will no longer adhere to the surface.


Though environmental factors play a role in the development of alligatoring, improperly combined primers and paint coats, along with poor prep work, are also culprits. Whether you’re painting your building for the first time or preparing to paint over existing alligatoring, our DANCO team always makes extensive prep work a top priority.

6. Mold or Mildew Growth

If a section of your building gets substantial shade throughout the day, it’s a prime location for mold and mildew growths. Because shady areas are often damp, they provide a perfect place for fungal growths to flourish, and unfortunately, those growths will permanently stain exterior paint.


If you’re dealing with mold or mildew on your building, our DANCO commercial painting contractors have extensive experience with this all-too-common issue. After removing the growths, we’ll treat the affected areas and re-paint the surface with mold-resistant paint designed to prevent fungal proliferation.

DANCO Commercial Painters: Your Twin Cities Source for Industry-Leading Commercial Painting

Whether you’re looking to have your building's interior or exterior painted, our team at DANCO Commercial Painters is here to serve you. For over 30 years, we’ve specialized in high-end painting solutions for commercial properties, including premium finishes, protective coatings, high-quality caulking, and extensive prep work. When you need a commercial paint job that’s created to last, we’re here to bring your vision to life.


To learn more about our commercial painting services or to schedule your free estimate, feel free to give our team a call at 612-598-3864. You can also get in touch with us via our contact form, and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly!