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Old 05-12-2015, 09:04 AM   #1
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I have the opportunity to bid this commercial garage painting. They want these 40 ft long i beams repainted that are 16 feet in the air. Am I in over my head? Absolutely. just looking for some insight here. I am thinking power wash and scrape, then paint with oil based. all on a scissor lift.

how long do you think it would take to wash, scrape paint one I-beam?





If there is a better way to tackle this project I would love to hear it.
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Yes, over your head literally and figuratively. Just because you have the opportunity to bid on something, doesn't mean you have to.
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See if they will let you go hourly on the prep...and bid it to spray it out...if you decide you don't want it I may be intrested depending where your at in chicago.....how big?
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You definitely do not powerwash.
Air. Maybe. If it is a big enuff space to justify the compressor rental.
Or just scrape em off and paint em. 40 grit sandpaper really is ur best bet. Knock that loose right off.
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You definitely do not powerwash.
Air. Maybe. If it is a big enuff space to justify the compressor rental.
Or just scrape em off and paint em. 40 grit sandpaper really is ur best bet. Knock that loose right off.
^Yes, if sanding use a rotary sander, leaf blower to dust.
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See if they will let you go hourly on the prep...and bid it to spray it out...if you decide you don't want it I may be intrested depending where your at in chicago.....how big?
Its in the south loop. I dont have a sprayer, or a lift, dare I even say a clue. I plan to sub everything, just want to be fair so everyone gets a piece of the pie.
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Do NOT power wash inside anywhere near electrical. Use compressed air to blow all the dust off, hand scrape and sand as needed and spray with "dry fall"
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any tips on how to keep paint off that corrugated roof?
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Get me tickets to the dead show and I will come and spray it for you. Get a shopvac and some spray shields.
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They are called bar joists. Just. Whatever. It's bar joist.
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any tips on how to keep paint off that corrugated roof?
Your going to be painting the corrugated ceiling.

Otherwise your painting the bar joists by hand.
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Your going to be painting the corrugated ceiling.

Otherwise your painting the bar joists by hand.
Yup, would be faster to paint it all.
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Its in the south loop. I dont have a sprayer, or a lift, dare I even say a clue. I plan to sub everything, just want to be fair so everyone gets a piece of the pie.
You definitely need to paint everything....deck and joists
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You definitely need to paint everything....deck and joists
I never EVER wanna see another decking job ever again. I haven't done a crap ton of them, but I shy away from industrial painting. Like the decking at SnapOn Tools... UGH!!!!!
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I never EVER wanna see another decking job ever again. I haven't done a crap ton of them, but I shy away from industrial painting. Like the decking at SnapOn Tools... UGH!!!!!
We just finished 32k and have 170k more this month coming!! It's personally my favorite thing to paint....
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Eeeh but if they aren't paying to paint the deck. Naah you don't paint the deck. You don't just throw it in. It's extra. And about times 2 IMO extra.
Again but how big a area is it? The scope matters on something like that.
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Hey guys, I have the opportunity to bid this commercial garage painting. They want these 40 ft long i beams repainted that are 16 feet in the air. Am I in over my head? Absolutely. just looking for some insight here. I am thinking power wash and scrape, then paint with oil based. all on a scissor lift. how long do you think it would take to wash, scrape paint one I-beam? If there is a better way to tackle this project I would love to hear it.
Yeh and see the thread drifts off, we assume. Me too.
Just the beam? We are looking at? Not the bar joists just those beams. Which is a whole different ballgame than where everybody went by assuming. Me too.
If they just want to paint the beams. Nothing wrong with that. Or even odd.
How long? I'd say a day a beam the whole nine yards is about right, realistically. For bidding purposes. Gives you some room.
And I'd brush and roll em, you could spray em.....eeeh but why? Nice little easy gig.

A day a beam
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We just finished 32k and have 170k more this month coming!! It's personally my favorite thing to paint....
No doubt there's money in it!
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No doubt there's money in it!
Only if that's all we had to do...I'd love to only paint ceilings but there are always walls!! Lol
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Yeh and see the thread drifts off, we assume. Me too.
Just the beam? We are looking at? Not the bar joists just those beams. Which is a whole different ballgame than where everybody went by assuming. Me too.
If they just want to paint the beams. Nothing wrong with that. Or even odd.
How long? I'd say a day a beam the whole nine yards is about right, realistically. For bidding purposes. Gives you some room.
And I'd brush and roll em, you could spray em.....eeeh but why? Nice little easy gig.

A day a beam
I figured 6 hours a beam for prep, and then 3 hours painting. Im a slow painter. but i wont be doing the painting... maybe
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