Dry fall paint is an industrial product used mainly on ceilings, but also on interior walls of condominiums, stores, warehouses and other commercial and industrial buildings. There are various types of dry fall paint (alkyd, latex, acrylic, etc.), which means that it can be spread on a variety of surfaces: gypsum, aluminum, steel and wood.
Dry fall advantages
Dry fall paint offers various advantages.
- Quick to apply
Dry fall is a product which can be applied quickly and that dries fast, which means it’s often possible to paint the ceiling of an industrial building in just one night. This way, your opening hours won’t have to be reduced and you won’t lose sales. It’s thus the ideal product for commercial buildings, including stores, restaurants, offices and such.
- Affordable cost
The cost of dry fall paint is much less than for the replacing of a whole ceiling. Moreover, this product increases the durability of your surface.
- Quality finish
Dry fall finish is very nice: smooth, shiny and light reflective.
- Good adhesion and excellent hiding power
The adhesion of this paint is excellent, which gives over 10 year’s durability to the surface. This product is also very opaque so often one coat is enough to cover the original color. This reduces the application time and labor costs.
- No mess
As the overspray dries, it does not make a mess. Indeed, dry fall paints contain additives that make the droplets dry before they even touch the ground (in less than 10 feet). You just have to remove the sheets or vacuum clean the floor after applying the paint on the surface. It’s ideal to paint industrial ceilings that are more than 10 feet high. In a house, the ceilings are normally at 2.5 meters high (8 feet), but if the climatic conditions are right, the droplets should have enough time to dry.
- Smell-free… or almost!
Dry fall paint we use has low VOC, which means it smells almost nothing. The VOC-free paint is the best for your health and those of the people in your building.
- Dust won’t adhere
The smooth finish does not attract dust. The surface painted with this product won’t need a lot of maintenance, which is perfect for high-traffic rooms such as public, commercial and industrial buildings. We use it most often in warehouses and in other places that become dusty easily.
How to paint a ceiling with dry fall?
To paint a ceiling using dry fall, we must follow some steps that are basically the same as for any other type of paint.
- Even if the paint surplus becomes powder before touching the ground, we still advice you to cover properly the floors and objects around you to protect them from dust. This will greatly help for the final cleaning.
- Then, we pressure wash the surface. If this is not possible, it’s a good idea to at sand the surface using a grinder (or scratch it manually) to make it smooth and brush it to remove the dust. This will increase the adhesion of the paint and its durability.
- Wooden surfaces need a primer, and iron surfaces could need primer on some spots. Always verify the surface’s condition before painting it: is it broken, split, or cracked? Do the necessary reparations first, and add primer if needed.
- We apply this paint using a paint sprayer. Only a painter who previously received the necessary training courses knows how to apply dry fall paint using this tool. It’s important to make smooth movements while keeping an appropriate distance so the coati s homogeneous. Thus the result will be smooth and without drippings.
- Après l’inspection finale, il suffit de ramasser les toiles pour laisser l’endroit propre.
Painting galvanised metal: what you need to know
Do not use alkyd dry fall paint on galvanized metal surfaces. If you do that, after a while, a saponification will occur. It’s a chemical reaction that is also known as zinc soap. In other words, the pain twill detach from the surface (phenomenon called delamination) and you will need to strip it off and start all over. The right way to paint a galvanized metal is by using a 100% acrylic paint or a two components epoxy solution.
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