What a painting inspector can do for you

  • Provide assurance of the quality of the paint application
  • Provide unbiased reports and a third party paint inspection
  • Verify that all surfaces are in suitable conditions for painting
  • Report all surface defects to consultant and owner at the prep stage, intermediate coat and final finish
  • Notify the consultant and owner of any anomalies or irregularities in the specifications
  • Surface acceptance and substrate testing for painting
  • Review all areas in scope of work with paint contractor prior to prep and paint application
  • Assure caulking where necessary has been completed satisfactorily
  • Unannounced onsite inspections
  • Typed reports on defects to consultant and/or owner
  • Designate a mock-up area for each step in the painting process
  • Testing of material for improper thinning
  • Acquire color and material draw downs for consultant.
  • Inspections will be enforced under the MPI (Master Painters Institute) Repaint Specifications Manual Section 09900.

How to choose a painting inspector

When choosing a painting inspector, one needs to look at the area of painting experience they have, associations they belong to. Ask about recent contracts they have completed, and architects they have had association with. As well, ask about any certifications they may have acquired.

Inspectors should not only have experience in the painting industry. They should have acquired a sense of responsibility to the owner to assure they receive the best possible quality in the painting industry. This is in all areas, from residential to commercial and industrial.

Perfection doesn't exist but quality does. The only way to get consistent quality is through a proven Quality Assurance Program.


Standards are set out by the PDCA (Painting and Decorating Contractors of America) and the MPI (Master Painters Institute). (See Links of Interest.)

When and why you need a painting inspector

There are many times a painting inspector is required.

  • When a dispute between the owner and the painter arises
  • When a dispute between the site supervisor and the painter arises
  • When quality assurance is required
  • Assure performance of painting is being completed within the acceptable standards of the painting industry

Many people are getting into the painting industry, from part-time employees of other fields of experience to those who have painted their own home project and feel they now can paint anything. They not only lack the experience of a certified painter who has put the years in to be certified, they also lack the knowledge to provide a quality paint job through proper preparation and application.


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