Here’s a photo of what this condition sometimes looks like:
It’s a very familiar sight to almost anyone who paints exteriors (and sometimes interiors, especially bathrooms) here in the SF Bay Area (and no doubt somewhat familiar to all painters everywhere). As Patrick eloquently delineates and describes, this is “surfactant leaching”.
It is furthermore stated in his post that this condition can be avoided by taking careful consideration of:
and by not painting early nor late nor from October through March
However, surfactant leaching is, in our 35 years of experience, virtually unavoidable. If we were to follow these directives, it would leave we painters here in SF with maybe only 10 paintable days per year. And those 10 days would still be a crap shoot.
Fortunately, it does not effect the integrity of the paint, only the appearance. Also fortunately, it can be removed by mild cleaner and water (mostly, usually).
FYI - the LINK to any article, etc., cited in my blog entries is often contained in the HEADING for that entry. For example, if you click on the header of today’s earlier post: ”EPA -RRP, The Videos” , you will be taken to where the videos reside. In some cases, the header doesn’t link, in which case I include the link in the post.
FYI 2 - sometimes clicking on the photos in the entry will take you to our Flickr site, where many such photos reside. Apparently, I can’t avoid this “feature”. However, you are welcome to peruse the various collections of Magic Brush photos that live there.
This series of 7 short videos (4 to 6 minutes each) is an excellent introduction to the EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rules regarding lead paint hazards. It covers the certification process, the regulations, the training, the general procedures, documentation, etc. Produced by Home Depot (but you only have to view one 15 second “ad” in order to see the series), it is actually very clear and concise. Highly recommended.
Imagine this: a paint manufacturer makes certain claims about one of their new products (advertisements, marketing), and then some apparent users of the paint feel it “falls short” of those claims, and, of course, then the lawyers arrive on the scene shortly thereafter.
What, “marketing” doesn’t always match up with “reality”? Surprised?
Lawyers become involved? Surprised?
Actually, this post is not about all that.
Regardless of the validity of the claims and whether they warrant a “Class Action Lawsuit” or not, this article reminds me of a field trip I took maybe 15 years ago with a group of fellow PDCA (Painting and Decorating Contractors of America) members to tour a paint manufacturing facility.
Aside from receiving many very interesting impressions of how paint is actually manufactured, we were told that an initial user of any new product is indeed somewhat of a “guinea pig”. That is, despite extensive lab testing, etc., they know they will receive both positive and negative feedback once the paint hits the market. They expect it.
(I doubt this is any different for any manufacturer of any product - ever hear the warning not to buy a new vehicle during it’s introductory year?)
The article states the paint was soon reformulated after release (due to the negative feedback, no doubt), which I’ll bet is more common than not.
(I don’t think the lawyers had anything to do with that. They came later…..)
Very interesting article on the restoration of the decorative finishes in Doris Duke’s “Shangri La” home in Oahu. (Nobody knows this, but my great uncle was her business manager. No, she did not leave us any of her $$$.)
We’ve been uploading a number of our older job photos (let’s call them “historical”, and some are even hysterical) to our account at FLICKR.com. Not to worry, you can peruse without having to sign in or any of that stuff. Please enjoy them along with shots of more recent projects, like:
As reported in the previous post, I attended the 2011 PDCA Convention in Orlando, Florida. The Convention was held at the Disney-World Dolphin Hotel. Here’s a couple of pics of the seriously fun resort:
While there, I presented a PowerPointed talk on “Exterior Painting Restoration” and also attended several other presentations.
It probably will come as no surprise that 3 of those were on the subject of “Social Media”. One of them was entitled “Are you still using 8-track marketing in an iTunes world?” Cute, but very effective…
In fact, this blog is partly the result of those presentations. As is our facebook page - yes, we’ve joined, despite some initial hesitation. It all seemed very daunting, but we plunged in, helped immensely by my young adult children (and TerboTed)….
I was very interested to hear all of the speakers say that these outlets should be thought of as sources of useful information for potential and existing clients (as well as the general public), and not principally as advertising sites. One of the key concepts espoused by the speakers was that the Content placed on each of these “spokes” (blog, facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) should be “Fresh and Valuable”. (I wonder if this post meets those criteria?)
Equally important, they said, is that the Content needs to be “Refreshed” regularly - it should not be allowed to go “stale” or unattended. I know how I feel when I come across blogs and websites that haven’t been updated in years, containing old or useless information - and it’s not good. Well, they say, you better not let that happen to your spokes, should you decide to venture into (what is for many of us) the brave new world of “Social Media”….
A few months ago Robert Dufort, President of Magic Brush Inc., was invited to make a presentation at the 2011 Painting and Decorating Contractors of America’s Expo in Orlando, FL on a subject he knows well: Exterior Painting Restoration. He accepted the invitation, of course.
This wasn’t Robert’s first brush with the PDCA. In fact, he had previously written numerous articles on similar subjects for their monthly publication, Painting & Wallcovering Contractor (PWC), in addition to winning 8 PDCA awards over the years for Magic Brush’s excellent interior and exterior work. Here’s Robert accepting the First Place Residential Painting award in 1987!
In preparation for his 2011 seminar, Robert put together an extensive PowerPoint presentation, a copy of which you can request from us here, and various materials to hand out to attendees. Upon his return to San Francisco Robert reported that the trip and presentation had been a success! His audience was engaged and asked a lot of questions, the PowerPoint software didn’t miss a beat (we were all worried about that one…), and, most importantly, he was able to network and make new contacts within the painting contracting industry. Hey, who doesn’t like making a new friend?
Just as a little extra proof that Magic Brush was there (Robert’s paying attention):
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