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Hello,

So my bid was accepted to prep & paint balconies on a 7 story apartment building. I've been trying to think of the best way to attack it, and I thought I would ask here for any input.

Scope of work:
1. (not my company) metal workers come and remove metal flooring
2. Next day, we arrive and grind any rust (not too much there), spot prime with rust inhibiting spray cans, clean off balconies (with rags)
2. Paint metal railings, supporting joists, anything metal (same color)
3. (not my company) metal workers reinstall floor (prefinished)


I was thinking HVLP all the way, with my guys taking 9' masking plastic around the door frame, etc. However, the apartment manager said that last year the company had 2 guys and did 7 balconies in 1 1/2 days, just using brush & roll. Is this possible? what was the quality like?

I've attached some pics. The product will be DTM
 

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My bid included the plan of using HVLP. The management is fine with any method of my choosing

I should have been more specific - The complex is doing 14 of these per year, and the time has come for another 14 to be done.
 

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I'd never think HVLP
A airless maybe
Or hand tools
You can't even really see the balconies for scope from these pics. But that said even, why wait for the floor to be removed? Use it. Paint everything with the deck on. And owe em a touchup for the damage done during the re decking.
2 guys for 1.5 days? Is 3 man-days. Just looking at what u can see I think doable by hand. I want the deck on though, 2 days to paint everything, then 1 day to touchup. It's doable but tight. Bidding purposes I think 4 man-days is more fair. 2 decks a day? That's fair. And half days are IMO nonexistent for bidding(or working) purposes. More than 4 hours equals a day.
 

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That's an idea i'd have to run through management. I haven't thought about countering "their" plan. Their plan is to have the metal workers remove the decking on 7 units, then we come in and have 2 days to paint them. The day after, the metal workers come and reinstall. The next week we do the remaining 7 balconies.

Obviously the tenants would be inconvenienced for 4 days during this process, and management blocks off the sliding doors so no one can use them.

Airless, yeah I suppose why not. I thought HVLP would be less overspray and more control over application.
 
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