Techniques for Painting Signs on High Structures

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Are you a project manager or building engineer looking to commission a high access sign painting project? If so, get ready to reach new heights and make a big impact! Painting signs on high structures is a challenging and specialized task that can play a vital role in advertising and branding for your business. In the following article we share the techniques our company uses for high access sign painting and best practices with regard to safety and maintenance. Our mission is to achieve optimal results that are both beautiful and safe. So let’s embrace the thrill of rising to the top with RayAccess painting signs on high structures!

Preparation and Safety Measures:

No matter if it’s a building 4-12 stories high, water tank, or sports stadium, RayAccess loves working at height. We employ passionate rock climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. Given the nature of our business, safety is our number one priority. 

We train our employees to follow strict safety procedures and hold daily safety meetings and tailgate meetings to report hazards and feedback. Before starting any high access painting project that requires special access systems like man lifts, powered platforms, or fall protection equipment, we do a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) that’s specific to the site. And we don’t just do it once and forget about it – we review the JSA with all the technicians involved in the project before starting and every time there’s new information or changes.

Access Techniques:

There are several access methods for branding and signage painting on high walls and structures.

  1. Scaffolding: This involves the use of a temporary structure made of metal or wood, which is erected around the building to provide a stable platform for the painters to work from. Scaffolding is not the most cost efficient method due to expensive fees for shipping and security. Scaffolding materials are shipped from a warehouse and the structures are known to attract vandals, thus need to be guarded at night. 
  2. Hydraulic lifts: These are mobile elevating work platforms that allow painters to access high locations easily. Boom or scissor lifts are ideal for painting signage on buildings between 3 to 10 stories high. Although lifts have operating limits. They need level ground that can sustain heavy loads. They need plenty of space to drive and maneuver around large trees and power lines. Permits may be required if operating in a public space.  
  3. Rope access: A work positioning system used to access high areas via safety harnesses, ropes, and top anchors. It is often used, where other access methods may not be feasible or safe. Rope access is the most versatile access technique as painters can easily descend, ascend or move laterally. Rope access is ideal for painting projects up to 15 stories high. 
  4. Power platforms & BMUs: this infrastructure is specifically designed for window washing tall buildings and skyscrapers. 
  5. Ladders: For smaller projects that are located at lower heights, ladders can be used to access the painting area. However, ladders may not be suitable for painting large or complex signs, and they may pose a safety risk if not used correctly.

Painting Techniques:

High access signage painting requires a high degree of skill, precision, and attention to detail, as well as a commitment to safety and proper equipment use. It’s important to work with an experienced and licensed painting company like RayAccess. Our process is the following:

  1. Surface preparation: Before starting any painting project, the surface must be prepared by cleaning it thoroughly, removing any old paint or debris, and repairing any cracks or imperfections. 
  2. Paint application: The most common painting techniques for high access signage painting are spraying and rolling. Spray painting allows for a fast and even application of paint, while rolling is more controlled and precise. In both cases, it’s important to use the right type of paint for the surface being painted, and to apply the paint in thin, even layers to avoid drips or runs.
  3. Brushwork: For finer details, such as text or logos, a brush may be used to apply the paint. This requires a steady hand and a high level of skill, as the painter may be working at a great height, and the brush strokes must be precise and consistent.
  4. Layering: Depending on the complexity of the design and the desired effect, multiple layers of paint may be applied to the surface. This requires careful planning and attention to detail, as each layer must be allowed to dry completely before the next layer is applied.
  5. Finishing: Once the painting is complete, a clear coat or other protective finish may be applied to protect the surface from weathering and fading over time. This final step helps to ensure that the artwork remains vibrant and visible for years to come.

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Why Hire RayAccess:

RayAccess Inc. is fully insured and licensed (LIC #1052570) for high access painting requests. We have been vetted by relevant authorities and deemed to have the necessary skills, knowledge, and equipment to carry out painting projects safely and efficiently. This ensures that our work is done correctly, and there is minimal risk of damage or injury. We carry comprehensive insurance coverage that protects both the workers and the client in case of accidents or damage to property. Hiring RayAccess for high access sign painting provides peace of mind and ensures that the work is done right the first time, with minimal risk and maximum efficiency.

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