2 weeks ago a unit owner brought to my attention that they witness our concrete restoration company’s painters pouring unnamed gallon paint jugs into Benjamin Moore buckets. Since I did not witness this myself I cannot say if it is true or not, however it did bring up red flags only because building 2′s paint is already peeling and it hasn’t been even 2 months since they painted.
After doing some research on Benjamin Moore website I found this information below:
Paint can crack and flake, sometimes revealing the substrate.
What Causes it?
Dry paint can split through at least one coat, which will lead to complete failure of the paint. Early on, the problem appears as hairline cracks. Later, flaking of paint chips occurs.
A variety of causes exist for cracking or flaking of paint. First, if lower-quality paint has been applied to the surface, it will have inadequate adhesion and flexibility. Another cause is that the paint was spread too thin on the surface.
Poor surface preparation, especially when the paint is applied to bare wood without priming, can also cause this problem. Finally, painting under cool or windy conditions can make latex paint dry too fast, causing it to crack.
How to Solve It.
If the cracking does not go down to the substrate, you may be able to correct it by removing the loose or flaking paint with a scraper or wire brush, sanding the area to feather the edges, priming any bare spots, and repainting it.
If the cracking goes down to the substrate, remove all of the paint by scraping and sanding or use a heat gun. Then prime and repaint with a quality exterior paint.
Section 16. OTHER INFORMATION
WARNING! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to www.epa.gov/lead.
Prepared By Product Stewardship Department
Benjamin Moore & Co.
360 Route 206 – P.O. Box 4000
Flanders, NJ 07836
Revision Date: 09-Feb-2009
Revision Summary Not available
IF THIS WORK WAS A HAZARD TO OUR HEALTH WHY WERE THE UNIT OWNERS NOT NOTIFIED TO TAKE SOME EXTRA PRECAUTION! IT IS CARELESS FOR THE PAINTERS AND THE ASSOCIATION NOT TO NOTIFY UNIT OWNERS OF A POTENTIAL HEALTH RISK THIS WORK MIGHT HAVE ON UNIT OWNERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
REMINDER BOARD MEETING TOMORROW
Date: September 15, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Polynesian Gardens Clubhouse Auditorium
- Roll call
- Reading and approval of minutes
- President’s report
- manager’s report
- treasurer’s report
- appointing of committees
- budget update
- adopting rules concerning records inspection
- old business
- new business