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Portfolio Case Study – Lee & Associates

Case Study – Lee & Associates

Exterior Building Painting Project

Everyone knows that the proper use of color can improve aesthetic value, but it can also reduce the likelihood of accidents and contractor liability. The McCahill Painting Company team kept this in mind when they worked on the exterior of Lee & Associates Asset Management’s Naperville warehouse.

The Sherwin Williams Company’s Safety Color Guide says that yellow is “the most visible of all colors. Its attention-compelling power is universally recognized.” The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) contends that “Yellow shall be the basic color for designating caution and for marking physical hazards such as: striking against, stumbling, falling, and tripping.” For the bumper posts outside of the facility, McCahill Painting Company applied two finish coats of Safety Yellow, the color specification recognized by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI). This made the posts much more visible, and much less likely to cause damage to vehicles.

OSHA requires that fire protection equipment must be red. The wall-mounted fire bell and emergency hose valves were prepared, spot primed, and painted Safety Red.

The McCahill Painting Company team also worked on the building itself, to remove unsightly dirt and rust stains. First, the entire surface was power-washed at 250 degrees to remove any dirt, dust or atmospheric contaminants. The precast concrete was then inspected, scraped and hand-sanded. Sonneborn One Part Urethane Sealant was applied around all the doors and windows. All metal surfaces were solvent cleaned, scraped and hand-sanded, spot-primed with Devoe Tank and Structural Steel Industrial Metal Primer.

All exterior lights, windows, and dock overhead door sleeves were protected using masking paper, visqueen, duct tape and tarp before the paint was finally applied. The rusted gas piping and metal doors received a full rust-inhibitive prime coat and one finish coat of Sherwin Williams Industrial Enamel. A finish coat of Sherwin Williams A-100 Acrylic Latex was applied to the fluted, precast concrete.

Lee & Associates Asset Management was extremely pleased with the results of this job.

You can find out more about safety colors and the Code of Federal Regulations at

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