The first stage of any commercial painting project is to prepare the work environment. We need to protect vulnerable surfaces and make sure we prevent contamination of the surrounding area. Once the surroundings are protected, the next step is to prepare the metal surface for painting. If the previous coatings are in good shape, this might just involve some cleaning. However, in other cases it could involve abrasive blasting, rust removal, or other heavy-duty cleaning processes. That’s definitely the messy part!