Commercial Painting for Functional Walls in Toronto Startup Offices
Toronto is home to a growing number of startups and co-working spaces. These offices tend to borrow elements of design and style from the casual and functional office spaces of Silicon Valley tech firms, including the use of colour to affect the mood and tone of the workplace to functional walls. Using either chalkboard or whiteboard paint, these walls allow for ideation and visualization in an analogue format, without adding the additional cost of fixtures. The spaces can also allow for creative interaction, where employees can contribute to playful décor. As more companies look to integrate whiteboards and chalkboards into their office space, knowing how to apply these different types of paint will become more important in the work Toronto commercial painters do.
As with all types of paint, preparing the surface is very important. In the case of whiteboard or chalkboard surfaces, an uneven wall makes for an uneven writing surface. In order to avoid this, it’s important to ensure any holes or dents are filled in and that all spackle is sanded to be flush with the wall and smooth.
Considerations for Whiteboard Paint:
Whiteboard paint does not cover well, so if you are painting over a dark wall, you’ll need to prime the wall first. Even with the primer, you’ll need to apply at least two coats to ensure that the whiteboard will work. The paint is also quite runny, so it may be better to apply more thin coats. The working life of whiteboard paint tends to be quite short, lasting about 1-2 hours once mixed. If you are covering a large wall, you may find it best to mix up smaller amounts at a time. This paint is also best applied with foam rollers or brushes. Though it can be hard to wash out of tools, so you may want to dispose of the brushes and rollers after the project.
Considerations for Chalkboard Paint:
Chalkboard paint offers much better coverage than whiteboard paint, so you don’t need to prime the surface after you’ve prepared it. While chalkboard paint has a longer working life than whiteboard paint, it is important to not stir it too vigorously, as this can cause the properties that allow it to be written on to break down, leaving you with a regular black wall. You’ll need to apply at least 2 coats of paint in order to have the writing surface work, but this paint tends to be more forgiving than whiteboard paint and can be applied in slightly thicker coats. Once you’ve applied 2 coats, you’ll need to let the paint cure for at least 3 days. The final step of preparing a chalkboard wall is to rub chalk over the entire surface and let that rest for a few seconds before you erase the chalk off. This prepares the wall for all future use.
As Toronto offices incorporate more functional walls into their office, whether for use in meetings or to add a playful element to the space, it will be more important for Toronto commercial painters to become familiar with the application of whiteboard and chalkboard paint. Being able to create high quality writeable walls will be a great addition to your list of skills and give you the opportunity to paint in some exciting new Toronto office spaces. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a commercial painter in Toronto, click here and contact IUPAT for training opportunities.