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December 11 - December 17, 2016

What is the clearest way to specify the degree of smoothness required by surface preparation on an exterior wood substrate covered with deteriorated and uneven layers of paint?

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From Warren Brand of Chicago Corrosion Group on December 14, 2016:
The only way to do this is to either develop comparators or install mockups. Either way, approval of the comparators or mockups must be witnesses by the decision-makers (sometimes the owner and sometimes not) and signed forms  showing clearly the approval process. Video-taping is best. We had a similar issue with a swimming pool many years ago. We created a 10-foot square mockup and had everyone we could sign off on it. We completed the pool (which looked amazing), only to have the superintendent foolishly reject the entire job and tell us to do it over again, for free, of course. It was a very unpleasant process and the guy was an idiot. Of course, since we had everyone else signing off on it, we were paid for the work and were not required to do it over again. Same situation, different substrate.

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