2  FM quick reads on paints

1. Assessing the Performance of Green Paints

This is Chris Matt, Managing Editor of Print & E-Media, with Maintenance Solutions magazine. Today's tip is the impact of VOCs on paint performance.

The relationship between volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, and the performance of paints and coatings used to be very strong. The three main sources of VOCs in paints were the resin system - or the base of the paint - pigment, and the solvent that mixes everything together.

Shifting from oil-based to water-based paints has lessened the number of chemicals in paints, but it was a challenge for manufacturers to lower the chemical levels in pigment to acceptable amounts. Pigment, which affects depth of color and the number of coats workers have to apply, is a key component in any paint formulation.

But now that manufacturers have reduced the chemical levels in pigment, managers can strike a balance between environmental impact and performance when specifying paints.

The U.S. Green Building Council's rating system, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, references both Green Seal and Greenguard certifications. Vying for certification under LEED, Green Globes or other green building certification programs can be overwhelming in terms of specifying products that meet the rating system's requirements. A Green Seal or Greenguard label ensures managers that certain products will earn points toward LEED certification, providing a roadmap for specifying environmentally responsible paints.

Paints and Coatings: Scheduling Projects

This is Chris Matt, Managing Editor of Print & E-Media, with Maintenance Solutions magazine. Today’s tip is scheduling painting projects.

The approach for scheduling paints and coatings projects depends on the facility’s purpose. Depending on the activities taking place in the building, an interruption in the daily work schedule can be a minor nuisance or a major disruption.

Managers in schools avoid such problems by scheduling painting projects when the facility is unoccupied, such as evenings, holidays, and summer vacations. These challenges are increasing as more schools at all levels provide year-round classes. The best approach is to consult the room-use schedule as far in advance as possible.

Hospitals and other facilities that are occupied 24-7, 365 have a different set of challenges. Almost no time is a good time to schedule a paint job because occupancy is constant. Successful scheduling requires knowing when and for how long rooms will be unoccupied, as well as how long it takes to perform various paint jobs. The maintenance planner should consider these factors to determine the scheduled time for the job:

• preparing tools and equipment and mixing paint

• traveling round trip with materials and tools

• moving and covering furniture and equipment

• performing the work at the job site

• cleaning up the site, relocating furniture and equipment, and storing paints, tools, and equipment

• Finally, taking time for personal rest and minor delays, according to company policy.


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