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Successful paint applications entail far more than just specifying the most appropriate coating for the task. The key to a successful project is careful communication among the parties involved about each aspect of the project.
"A lot of (the project's success) depends on the size of the job and if there are other contractors involved — guys that install carpet or any other kind of flooring," Pickett says. "We always have to be cognizant of when they're doing what they're doing.
"There's usually a pre-meeting — a job walk with everybody, where everybody figures out what they're going to do on what days. We also tell the managers to make sure the lights stay on, make sure the air stays on, and make sure we have access to an elevator. That has happened to us a lot, where the lights go off at 11 o'clock at night and we're supposed to work until 1 (a.m.)."
Managers and contractors also need to communicate about the sustainability and safety aspects of the project.
"The big thing these days is VOCs, and (managers) still need guidance because it's changing," Pugil says. "The asbestos has been pretty well taken care of. What we still often find is lead. Before we do anything we test for lead because once we touch it, it's ours. They might not be aware of (the presence of lead)."
Successful Paint Applications Require More Than Specification