Specifications for the painting of the old Congregational Church building


Because the old Congregational Church is a historic building and the receiving of grants by the Top of the Common Committee plays a significant part in the restoration work, we therefore have chosen to repaint the building in accordance with The Secretary of the Interior's Standards of Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. The job description that follows reflects these standards and guidelines as well as the State of Vermont's laws governing work with lead paint.


Description of job:

1. Application of one coat of penetrating oil-based primer on all bare wood, plus two coats of white paint to all wooden building surfaces from the foundation to the roof line on the west, north, and east sides of the building. On the south side, application of two coats from the junction of siding with the steps to the top of the steeple square base, including the front doors. The shutters, handicap entrance and ramp on the east side of the building are excluded.

2. The Top of the Common Committee will supply the primer and paint, with designation of specific products for various areas.


The preparation of the surfaces to be painted must follow these standards (from VT lead law and Standards of Rehabilitation noted above):

1. Remove damaged or deteriorated paint to the next sound layer using the gentlest method possible - hand scraping and hand sanding. NOT using power-washing, power-sanding or grinding, dry scraping, burning, or sandblasting. NOTE: we realize that these gentle methods may not result in a smooth, level surface for painting.

2. Hand scraping and hand sanding should be done after the surface as been misted with water. The surface moisture should be maintained to perform "wet hand scraping and wet hand sanding" throughout the process of removing the loose paint.

3. Collection of the paint chips and debris should be into disposable plastic sheeting attached to the bottom edge of the siding. Any escaped chips should be picked up and placed on the plastic sheeting. The plastic should be removed at the end of each work day - folded in from the corners, placed in garbage bags, and disposed in household trash. NOTE: the adjacent school conducts their student gardening project on the west side of the building. Great care should be given to completely contain any paint chips and debris from all sides of the building for the safety of our children.

4. Washing of the surfaces to be painted must be done by hand, not using power washing equipment.