Developing Paint and Coating Policies

By Thomas A. Westerkamp  
OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: Successful Paint ApplicationsPt. 2: Specifying Paints for Performance and SustainabilityPt. 3: This PagePt. 4: Important Painting Project Considerations

From the audit data as described above, managers can develop a paint and coating policy, including provisions that cover products for each type of job, surface preparation, and application methods and frequency. Managers can use the application methods to identify equipment needs and staffing needs for an annual painting program. This data is valuable input for budget preparation, as well as for ongoing monitoring of the program to ensure the established policy is managed effectively.

When planning paint jobs, managers need to remember that improper or incomplete surface preparation accounts for about 80 percent of premature paint failures. How old is the in-place paint? Was failure due to normal wear and tear, or was something else to blame?

One valuable tool that can help managers sort out problems is a paint-defect analysis system that in-house workers can perform. Alternatively, specialists can complete an onsite defect analysis and reduction.

Some of the tools employed for the audit include large-magnification microscopes, digital camera and adapters, and instruments to measure such conditions as air velocity, temperature, and humidity.

Data from analyzing paint samples can show such defects as extensive cracking, missing layers, improper film thickness, and evidence of corrosion in the substrate. Managers can use the results to develop a sustainable solution.

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