Problem Solving Forum
February 9 - February 13, 2015
How should a conflict between requirements, such as film thickness, on a product data sheet and the specification be resolved?
William Gusnard of Southern Company Services on
February 23, 2015:
I am a specifier of coating products. I use table ...read more I am a specifier of coating products. I use tables when various manufacturers' products are "as-equals." However, each manufacturer has its own section of the table for thicknesses and each manufacturer varies. I do not just put a generic thickness in because the coatings manufacturers' data sheets take precedence over my spec work when it comes to the coatings themselves.
travis gold of Mid Atlantic Coatings on
February 20, 2015:
The spec is law. Request an RFI for clarification, ...read more The spec is law. Request an RFI for clarification, but often specs will be written specifically for the job. If a rep has a hand in the spec, he should know what's going on.
Jaime Molina of Primary Materials Inc. on
February 18, 2015:
Applying a thicker coat than what the manufacturer ...read more Applying a thicker coat than what the manufacturer recommends will frequently result in "outgassing." This will generate micro bubbles inside the resin and create an undesirable appearance. More is not always better.
Warren Brand of Chicago Corrosion Group on
February 16, 2015:
The short answer is to get the coating manufacture ...read more The short answer is to get the coating manufacturer on the phone right away and have them resolve the conflict. Obtain an email from them ASAP and add it to the contract documents, and/or as an addendum to the specification. No one is going to know the product better than the manufacturer. However, we often recommend product thicknesses that are thicker than those recommended by the manufacturer. This goes beyond the normal "inspector" role and I've written a controversial blog about this earlier. As an inspector, I recommend the aforementioned. As a consultant, doing exclusively what's in the client/owner's best interest, we sometimes veer from the manufacturer's recommendations by recommending a cleaner surface or deeper blast profile and thicker coating system, to provide a longer service life of the material for the client. Of course, we get a signed approval from the coating manufacturer if we veer from their recommendations.
mauricio gomez of Jifco inc on
February 12, 2015:
I think the owner and the paint rep have to get an ...read more I think the owner and the paint rep have to get an agreement at the pre-job meeting.
Tom Schwerdt of Active Transportation Advocates on
February 11, 2015:
Frequently, these “conflicts” aren't actually conf ...read more Frequently, these “conflicts” aren't actually conflicts. They are usually overlapping requirements that can both be met; for example, a primer where the data sheet indicates 2-5 mils DFT and the specification indicates 3-10 mils. The contractor can meet both requirements by applying the coating at a DFT of 3-5 mils.
Rodney White of Independent Consultant on
February 10, 2015:
Provided that the specifier has directed the use o ...read more Provided that the specifier has directed the use of a particular product, the information contained on the product data sheet should prevail. Even if the spec were written to allow similar products from different manufacturers, the data for the selected product should prevail.
George Deal of Eco-corflex on
February 10, 2015:
The conflict should be resolved through a job subm ...read more The conflict should be resolved through a job submittal to the GC and architect.
Tim P. Simpson of Simpson & Associates SDVOSB LLC on
February 9, 2015:
I am first assuming that the product data sheet is ...read more I am first assuming that the product data sheet is for a product that is approved by the specification for the intended use. Under that assumption, I would clarify the product data to determine if the total system performance and system thickness as called out in the manufacturer's product data and application instructions meets the intent of the specification for the intended exposure. If the product system meets the intended specification, then clarification with the producer of the specification is in order regarding the thickness called out in the specification. In my experience, architects and engineers typically look to the more stringent of the specifications when determining compliance. Bottom line? If there is a question, get the question answered before proceeding with the bid or the performance of the work.