PAINTING FAQs

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Q. How do we know when our community needs painting?

A. Some signs of aging paint include excessive fading, chalkiness and peeling.

Q. If it seems that painting is necessary, what is the first step to take?

A. Consult with a professional painter. A professional can make suggestions about how things can be painted to save the community thousands of dollars.

Q. Which paint manufacturer should we use?

A. Your professional can recommend a few different manufacturers from which to choose. Their recommendation may be based on a number of things this might include convenience for the community, their product base and knowledge about unique situations.

Q. What are paint “specifications” and what is their value?

A. Paint “specifications” are prepared by the manufacturer and serve as a guide for which products are recommended for specific surfaces. The “specs” are then used by contractors to provide proposals that are based on the same products. This provides the basis for truly “apples to apples” proposals.

Q. Is there a difference in paint?

A. Each manufacturer has different paint grades and they all have competing products. As with most things, you get what you pay for. Since the actual paint is not the costliest part of the paint job (labor is), it is better to go with the highest grade of paint your budget allows.

Q. At what point should we select colors?

A. It is ideal if colors are selected even prior to the bid process. If the community is changing colors, some colors may require two or more coats to cover. If the colors are not known, most contractors will bid for one coat. This means that when colors are selected, there may be an increase in the bid amount. We can assist communities with color selection that will help to meet their budgetary constraints.

Q. What is the difference between painting and fog coating?

A. Fog coating is a process by which the colorant from stucco is sprayed on a stucco surface to hide blemishes. It affords no protective qualities whatsoever. It is most commonly used on new buildings where the stucco has been marred during construction. Paint, on the other hand, provides a moisture-resistant coating that tolerates pressure washing later on.

Q. I’ve heard about a new law that requires testing for lead-based paint. Is our project subject to this law?

A. In general, if a community was built prior to 1978 and more than 20 square feet of the exterior or 6 square feet of the interior are going to be disturbed, it must be tested for LBP. Testing must be done by a third party and any work involving surfaces with LBP must be done by a Certified Contractor, using Certified Renovators.

Q. Is any special insurance required to work in an HOA community?

A. Yes! Many insurance policies specifically prohibit the insured contractors from working for a multi-family community. A special endorsement is required and this coverage should be verified prior to signing a contract with a vendor.

Q. How often should we paint our community?

A. There are many variables such as climate, exposure and the stability of the surface that is being painted but as a rule, you should use the following schedule as a guideline:
Stucco – 10 years
Wood – 5 years
Ferrous metal (wrought iron) 2-3 years

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