Putty and paint make it what it ain’t.

I‘ll be honest; that’s one of the first adages I learned as a young, impressionable, WG-3 Maintenance Worker in the NPS. But that’s not what we’re after here. Painting is a structure’s first line of defense against decay. Once the paint breaks down the UV and rain and temperature changes can start wreaking havoc on the places that make our Parks special.

MOISTURE is primary culprit for speeding the deterioration of a paint system, but that deterioration can also be a “tell”, like a poker player who always clears his throat when he’s got a good hand. Localized paint deterioration may be telling you that the gutters are over-flowing or that the moisture in the bathroom is migrating through the exterior wall, or that the chimney flashing has failed.  Learn more about the effects of moisture on a structure by taking this short online course developed by the NPS titled “All Wet and How to Prevent it” or check out Preservation Brief #10: Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork.

Paint isn’t just a protective surface; it can also be a CHARACTER-DEFINING FEATURE of a historic structure. Think about the Victorian Painted Ladies in San Francisco. How about the “orange-peel” texture left behind by a modern paint roller–would that be appropriate in a high-end restoration of a Colonial manor built before rollers were invented?

A good paint job that lasts relies on on excellent preparation and typically that involves scraping away the loose and deteriorated paint. If a structure was built before 1978 you have to assume that there is the presence of LEAD-BASED PAINT (LBP); making that old paint friable puts you, the building occupants and possibly your family at risk for lead poisoning.  (Lead dust has been known to cling to workers’ clothes and contaminate their homes.)  In the National Park Service, a structure may have had a HazMat Survey completed which will inform you if there is the LBP present along other hazardous materials.  If a survey hasn’t been completed, a local environmental consultant can perform these services.  Talk with you supervisor and/or safety professional.

Under OSHA guidelines, workers MUST be TRAINED in how to protect themselves and the environment from LBP exposure. You can locate an accredited trainer through the EPA’s website.  For more information on how to minimize your exposure you can download the Lead Based Paint guide developed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Make sure you buy the right quantity of paint by using this handy-dandy Paint Calculator.  The Paint Quality Institute also provides information sheets you can download like how to paint a paneled door, or how to paint specific materials like fiber-cement siding.

When you’re all done painting,  rather than storing  partially-used gallons of paint, did you know there might be resources near you where you can RECYCLE your unused paintPaintCare is a non-profit (501(c)(3)) organization that was created by the American Coatings Association (ACA), that promotes an industry-lead end-of-life management program for post-consumer paint.

Learn More

Want to know more about the requirements for the job? Follow this link to view the standard Position Description Library, scroll down and click on the All Wage Grade PD’s.  Scroll down and you’ll find PD’s for Maintenance Mechanics, Painters and loads of other positions.  (Note: depending on a Park’s specific needs these PD’s may be modified for an actual job posting.)

Share

Do you have a resource that would be valuable to this Program Area or is your team working on an interesting project? Leave a comment  below and tell us about it so we can feature it on our site.

 NameDate
There are currently NO posts for this category

 NameDate
There are currently no News & Events category posts

 NameDate
There are currently no Training category posts

NameSeriesPositions
Able Seaman (9924)99243
Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic (5306)530611
Animal Caretaking (5048)504817
Animal Packer (5001)500140
Architect (0808)0808133
Automotive Mechanic (5823)582371
Boiler Plant Operating (5402)54022
Building Manager (1176)11762
Carpentry (4607)4607115
Chief Engineer (9931)99312
Civil Engineer (0810)081096
Construction Analyst (0828)08281
Construction Representative (0809)080911
Cooking (7404)74046
Crane Operating (5725)57257
Custodial Working (3566)356695
Deckhand (5788)57889
Electrical Engineer (0850)08502
Electrician (2805)280582
Electrician (High Voltage) (2810)28109
Electromotive Equipment Mechanic (5876)58762
Electronic Industrial Controls Mechanic (2606)26062
Electronics Mechanic (2604)26047
Electronics Technician (0856)085615
Elevator Mechanic (5313)53133
Engineering Draftsman (0818)08181
Engineering Equipment Operating (5716)5716320
Engineering Technician (0802)080241
Environmental Engineer (0819)081912
Equipment Specialist (1670)16708
Exhibit Specialist (1010)1010104
Exhibit Specialist (Student Trainee) (1099)109928
Facility Management (1640)1640344
Farmer/Farm Worker (5002)50022
First Officer (9905)99051
Gardening (5003)5003125
General Engineer (0801)080146
General Equipment Mechanic (4737)47375
Heating and Boiler Plant Equipment Mechanic (5309)53094
Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic (5803)580377
Horticulturist (0437)043715
Industrial Equipment Mechanic (5352)53521
Instrument Mechanic (3359)33592
Laborer – Student Trainee (3599)35991
Laboring (3502)35021024
Landscape Architect (0807)0807177
Lock and Dam Operator (5707)57075
Locksmith (4804)48041
Locomotive Engineer (5737)57371
Machining (3414)34141
Maintenance Mechanic (4749)47492572
Marine Machinery Mechanic (5334)53347
Masonry (3603)3603145
Master (Vessel Operations) (9902)99021
Materials Handler (6907)690718
Mechanical Engineer (0830)083013
Miscellaneous General Maintenance and Operations (Preservation Specialist) (4701)4701165
Miscellaneous Industrial Equipment Maintenance Mechanic (5301)53015
Miscellaneous Industrial Equipment Operating (5401)54014
Miscellaneous Metal Working (3801)38014
Miscellaneous Pipefitting (Pipeline Repairer) (4201)42011
Miscellaneous Transportation/Mobile Equipment Maintenance Mechanic (5801)580115
Mobile Equipment Servicer (5806)58065
Motor Vehicle Operating (5703)5703232
Offset Photographer (4414)44143
Ordinary Seaman (Deckhand) (9928)99281
Painting (4102)410249
Pest Controlling (5026)502617
Petroleum Engineer (0881)08811
Pipefitting (4204)42045
Plumbing (4206)420623
Printing Specialist (1654)16545
Projectionist (3910)39105
Railroad Maintenance Vehicle Operating (5738)57383
Rigging (5210)52103
Safety Engineer (0803)08032
Sand Blaster (5423)54232
Sheet Metal Mechanic (3806)38062
Ship Operations Supervisor (5782)57821
Sign Painter (4104)410417
Sign Painter – Student Trainee (4101)41011
Small Craft Operating (5786)578672
Small Engine Mechanic (8610)86103
Student Trainee (0899)089915
Student Trainee (1699)169925
Student Trainee (5499)54991
Student Trainee (HV Elect Wrkr Helpr) (2801)28013
Student Trainee (Laborer) (3501)35013
Student Trainee (Masonry Worker) (3601)36014
Telecommunications Mechanic/ Worker/Helper (2502)25024
Third Assistant Engineer (9934)99341
Tools and Parts Attending (6904)69043
Tractor Operator (5705)570596
Trails Worker (5201)520159
Tree Faller (5042)504249
Trolley Operator (5701)570129
Utility Systems Operating (5406)540631
Utility Systems Repairing-Operating (4742)4742116
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operating (5408)540814
Water Treatment Plant Operating (5409)540931
Weaver (3101)31013
Welding (3703)37039
Wood Crafter (4605)460527
Wooden Sign Maker (4601)46012

 NameDate
There are currently no Sustainability category posts

 NameDate
There are currently no Professional Organizations category posts

 NameDate
There are currently no Health & Safety category posts

 NameDate
There are currently no Reference Materials category posts

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>