Use this CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to specify painting and stains for exterior and interior surfaces.
This section includes paints and stains for use in common building environments. For severe conditions consider utilizing a high-performance coating system.
Paints and stains encompass a wide range of product types, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
This section provides a framework for specifying paints by manufacturer and type.
In addition to standard paints like latexes and alkyds (oil based there are numerous other product types including epoxies. Paints can be selected to provide weather resistance, abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, gloss retention, and many other attributes.
Many paints are available in low- or no-VOC formulations for use in LEED and other sustainable projects. VOC limits vary greatly; verify specific limits with the applicable code or rating system.
Consult with a reputable paint manufacturer to determine the best paint or stain type for each application.
Manufacturers included in this section:
The SimpleSpecs™ master specs concept
Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
Easier to Edit
SimpleSpecs™ is written as a series of Microsoft word files that include statements that affect construction costs or overall quality and are far simpler to edit than other master specification systems.
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section is non-proprietary and includes three manufacturers that meet the specified reference standards, descriptive, or performance-based requirements. They are written to allow any listed manufacturers to provide the specified products.
Hidden Guide Text
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section includes hidden text to inform and guide users in editing the specifications to suit project conditions.
SimpleSpecs™ sections are edited using pre-defined options that are contained in [brackets] or by selecting optional text separated by "OR" statements. Paragraph and page numbering are included as automatic codes, eliminating the need to renumber when revisions are made manually. Global changes to headers, footer, terms, font colors and phrases are easily updated using a third-party search and replace software, available through ZeroDocs.com.