"EPA RRP: What's it mean to you?"

In April 2010 an EPA regulation known as the Renovate, Repair, and Painting ruling went into effect. This ruling requires that owners and occupants of residential dwellings and child occupied facilities built before 1978 be notified of the hazards of lead based paint, and that proper work practices be followed while work is being performed. It also requires that contractors be trained and certified to do this work safely, and that records be kept to ensure compliance.

So What does this mean to you?

It means that the EPA has established a system to protect you from the dangers associated with lead based paint exposure.  It means you have a choice to make.  Should you hire a contractor who could potentially expose you or your family to lead?  Or should you hire a contractor who has taken the time to learn how to protect you and your loved ones?  

At Frederick Painting & Supply, we take this matter seriously.  Much of the work we do is in older homes, so we train all of our employees how to perform their work in a lead safe manner.  If your home was built before 1978, one of our certified renovators will supervise your project to ensure your safety.

We also know that your time and space is valuable.  We will make every effort to minimize the disruption we cause while working on your project.  

 worker training that if you live in an older home you should hire an RRP certified contractor.  

 While we hope that you will give us the oppurtunity to work for you, 

We strogly encourage you to select an RRP certified contrator to keep you and your family safe.

Tool of The Trade

The modern composition of paints results in latex formulations being widely used for exterior as well as interior. That greatly reduces post painting cleanup, and reduces the smells associated with petroleum and polyester based paints.

For many painting jobs, the most important innovation in painting has been computerized paint scanners that formulate new paints to match the often faded colour of existing paints. Or, to match fabric colours, flowers or another desired source. Most chain stores offer colour matching service.

Modern paints are available in various specialized formulations that can be fade resistant, chip resistant, odor free, antibiotic to resist mould and fungi growth, etc.

For surfaces where a very smooth surface is desired, most retailers carry inexpensive chemicals that can be added to paints to better make the paint flow or lay flat.[3] Such additives are preferable to thinning paint, which can change some of the paint's characteristics.

For the layman, the most confusing element is primer and priming surfaces. For surfaces such as wood, paint alone is too thick and will be on the surface, but not adhere well, resulting in flaking. Primer is a thin paint solution, or even a specialized liquid colour coordinated to support the finish coat, which penetrates into the pores of wood, and allows the finish coat to adhere to the underlying primer.

Priming also results in less paint being needed. For unpainted wood, most laymen expect to apply two coats of paint. However, one coat of inexpensive primer and then a finish coat is much less expensive.

For metal surfaces, primer may involve special characteristics to resist corrosion, prevent impact chipping or improve adhesion of the finish coat.

Especially for problem paint jobs, such as new work, fungal presence or peeling paint, most professional paint retailers offer free consulting services. When their instructions and materials are used, guarantees of 5 to 20 years are available as to adhesion, water proofing, etc. of the finished paint job.

For professional painters, the majority of their time is spent in preparation for paint application, not in painting per se. Cleaning and sanding surfaces, taping and applying paper or plastic to surfaces not to be painted typically involve 50% or more of the painter's total time budget.