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August 4 - August 8, 2014

Is it sufficient to specify simply that paint should be applied "according to the manufacturer’s instructions?" If not, what detail should be included?

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From Rodney White of Benjamin Moore & Company on August 8, 2014:
It becomes the proverbial "slippery slope" when a spec writer assumes not only the responsibility of describing the desired or required outcome of a coating application, but also assuming the responsibility for how it is applied. The simple (?) answer is that the spec writer lists the products to be used based on the desired result required for the operating environment in which the coating is to perform, and the product manufacturer describes the parameters under which the product is to be applied. Neither of these entities should delve into the specifics of how it is applied. At some point in the process, we as suppliers or specifiers must rely on the learned capabilities of the applicator. There are already too many of those applicators who are all too ready to blame the spec or product for their own failure to use good painting practices when applying the product. It is incumbent on the contractor to stay abreast of new product developments, to learn the effects of formula changes that are mandated to assure regulatory compliance, and to properly train his workers. With all the mandated changes being made to meet ever-changing regulations, the statement, "we've always done it this way, and never had this happen," doesn't hold water anymore.

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