2017, URBAN TOPCOAT 

Planning may be dull but it's important, so let's get started...  There are lots of things to consider and we've outlined the process for you using our 8+3 rule:

1.0  Plan Your Project - don’t go with a designers choice right away – a design idea can catch you in a mood that does not last.  Know what you want and where you want it.   A quality application is a long term investment.

2.0  Probe your Assumptions - Inspect for Potential Contaminants – Lead Paint, Asbestos

 

   2.1  Don't let amateurs contaminate your home with LEAD paint dust/debris - Start at the beginning:

 

Chip testing for LEAD Content - Winnipeg has an abundance of beautiful heritage homes, and with them comes years of previously painted surface - much of it with LEAD content paint.  The Canadian Liquid Coating Materials Regulations were enacted within the Hazardous Products Act in1976, this act restricted the levels of lead content within paints and other liquid coatings on furniture, household products. The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) and the National Trade Association for Canada's paint manufacturers, recommended that the Canadian paint industry voluntarily stop using any lead compounds in consumer paints by the end of 1990.  Test before you contaminate if your home is mid seventies or earlier - your likely to have LEAD paint.  Between mid seventies and early ninties, your risk is low.  For houses built later than early ninties - your likey free and clear - skip past step 2 and lets start prepping your walls

   2.2 Don't let amateurs contaminate your home by unknowingly releasing Asbestos:

Chip testing for Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) - Did you know that if your home was built before the late seventies, you are likely to have Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) in your home (Drywall, Joint Compound, Stipple Ceilings, Plaster, Tile, Mortar, Flooring and Adhesives).  While contained in good condition within a product (non-airborne) ACM does not pose a hazard, but sanding, chipping, removing, altering, and even repairing (as it contains most of these activities), can release asbestos into your home,   We can take care of all of your asbestos testing to ensure that your project is being done safely.  While some latex paints can be used as a sealant/encapsulating agent, others can simply make the problem worse - let us walk you through the process so you can have piece of mind.

3.0 - Price Your Project - – collect your estimates – don’t always choose cheapest price – go with who you trust based on clear process detail, payment terms, insurance, trade references – testimonials can be deceiving: remember - only the "good" testimonials are typically offered.

4.0 - Pick Your Provider - Service Providers can assume a project many different ways.  Choose a provider that is willing to work with you, who is agreeable to terms, who documents a detailed workscope and who can explain everything you need to ensure you are making an informed decision.

5.0 - Protect Your Assets - Remove any valuables from the work site, this protects both you and your contractor from any potential misadventure.  Ensure your contractor protects your floors, furniture and unplanned surfaces - ensure that all are covered and protected to your satisfaction.  

6.0 - Prepare Your Work – surface preparation is 80% of the job.  Understand the level of wall repair that your contractor is expected to perform.  Obvious damage is never the question, rather issues of previous dings and texture can pose a challenge after the fact if these details are not clearly understood up front.  Ensuring a clear workscope reduces scope-creep, and ensures estimate to invoice accuracy.

7.0 - Prime Your Patches - Spot priming is an important step often overlooked by many contractors. With the genesis of Paint & Primer combination products, many have begun to skip past the prime step, potentially sacrificing quality and/or timeline in lieu of speed to completion.

8.0 - Paint Your Surfaces - Inspect daily progress and areas of completion.  Be comfortable with daily progress and be happy with the quality of application.  Ensure sheens are consistent with the planned workscope.  Small escapes throughout a project can potentially become bigger issues at the end - keep communication open and expect your contractor to initiate this discussion.

+3 - Pause Steps -  There are a number of times when you may need to pause throughout your project – between patch work, following prime, but most importantly – pause to evaluate your contractor – assess quality and discuss condition at the end of each day.  While a surface may look poor at the end of a day – appreciate that it is still in transition; that being said – question your contractor on all conditions until you are comfortable that there is a proper path forward.  Remember, your contractor works for you and you are in control.

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