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by Ron Joseph

March, 2001

Indoor Latex Paint Specifications

Q. We are looking for a way to spec indoor latex paint. Our purchasing dept. does not want us to simply specify the manufacturer that our experience has shown to perform best. Thank you.

A. Thanks for your e-mail. I referred your question to my friend and colleague Tom Burke of TJB Consulting who has responded as follows:

Latex paint specifications would be available at:

National Paint and Coatings Association
1500 Rhode Island Avenue N W
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202/462-6272


General Service Administration
Specification Unit Branch
L'Enfant Plaza
Washington, D.C. 20407

I would prefer to contact the technical service department at two or three large national latex paint manufacturers to request test data relating to their good and best qualify paint products. A comparison can be made on the cost per gallon against the performance of the paint.


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