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Maintenance Repainting Specification

MPI’s Maintenance Repainting Specification training is the definitive course on maintenance repainting with a focus on how to assure success and avoid costly do-overs when working on buildings and commercial/institutional structures. Completion of this course is considered a requirement and specified on Repainting coatings projects.  

$1,460.00 CAD

Topics Covered:

  • How to write basic paint specifications for maintenance projects
  • Identify common flaws and defects in existing coatings/substrates
  • Evaluate existing condition of 25 of the most commonly used architectural substrates with MPI’s DSD (Degree of Surface Degradation) System
  • How to select an appropriate system depending on substrate, DSD level of existing coating and exposure environment
  • Best practices for surface preparation
  • Basic quality control techniques


Course Information

Course Format:
Course is online. Exam is online and requires photo ID and Zoom
Please note: All exams are closed book.
90 days to complete exam from date of registration
Exam Format:
Proctored exam, taken online via Zoom
Minimum Passing Grade:
75% or greater to pass.
Certification Received:
MPI Maintenance Coating Specialist (MCS)

Students who successfully complete this course will become MPI Maintenance Coating Specialist (MCS) and will receive the following award and badge.


Architects, Specifiers, Interior Designers & Inspectors

  • Optimize the process of specifying paint products by learning how to select the best system for a given substrate and exposure environment
  • Efficiently manage budgets by writing stronger specs that more accurately account for the type and extent of surface preparation required based on the condition of the existing surface
  • Streamline the paint specification process even further by becoming familiar with MPI’s Maintenance Repaint Specification Manual (1 year free subscription upon completion of course)

Facility Owners/Managers & Property Managers

  • Effectively plan maintenance schedule by understanding industry best practices for selecting systems for a given substrate and exposure environment
  • Avoid costly repaints and accurately manage budgets by understanding the type and extent of surface preparation required based on the condition of the existing surface

General Contractors, Painting Contractors and Builders

  • Expand business opportunities by developing skills that will be used every day in the architectural/commercial painting industry
  • Increase bid accuracy to land more profitable jobs by accounting for the extent and type of surface preparation and priming required
  • Have the ability to successfully utilize industry best practices and develop a reputation for quality
  • Build a sense of immediate trust and quality with customers through verified 3rd-party accreditation
  • Rely less on sales reps and store staff for recommendations through a stronger understanding which system would perform best for a given substrates and exposure environments require

Sales Representatives & Retail Store Staff

  • Provide faster, more effective and comprehensive service to customers including writing basic specifications for new construction, making new product recommendations and dynamic problem solving without relying on the technical department
  • Build a sense of immediate trust and quality with customers through verified 3rd-party accreditation
General Considerations

Topics Covered:

  • How to assess the condition of a surface, including an explanation of MPI’s “Degree of Surface Degradation” (DSD) rating system and common causes of the most frequently occurring coating defects
  • How to assess the condition of an existing coating, as well as common factors that affect systems selection for repaint projects
  • Proper environmental conditions for painting work throughout all phases of the project
  • Best practices for painting operations
    • Surface preparation (MPI’s Repainting Surface Preparation Standards)
    • Paint application
    • Inspection/quality control
  • Review of the coating VOC regulations including mandatory federal and local rules as well as LEED requirements
  • Industry Standards

Topics Covered:

  • Divisions list
    • Concrete
    • Masonry
    • Metal
    • Wood
    • Drywall
    • Stucco
    • Miscellaneous
  • Each division listed above covers the following information:
    • How to evaluate the surface to be coated
    • Remedial action required if the surface is deemed unacceptable for painting
    • Commonly used systems and products
    • Suitability of the systems
    • Proper surface preparation
    • Quality control procedures
    • Relevant standards

Topics Covered:

  • The responsibilities of all relevant parties during a paint project including the painting contractor, general contractor and owner.
  • Most frequently used MPI paint standards for maintenance paint situations.
  • Surface Preparation Standards
  • Description of a paint quality assurance program that uses inspection to provide the final touch to the quality of the maintenance repaint project.
  • Testing equipment and methods of use during a repaint project.
MPI Identifiers

Topics Covered:

  • Identify common coating defects and failures
  • Most frequent causes of defects and failures

Topics Covered:

  • What to expect in a maintenance repainting specification
  • How to prepare a short interior and exterior maintenance repainting specification
  • MPI Short specification guide
Case Study

Topics Covered:

  • Real World Maintenance Repainting Scenario
  • How to prepare the Specification
  • Completed Specification sample