How to select a contractor for a powder coating system—part II
This is the second in a two-part series for manufacturers and custom coaters on how to select a contractor to supply and install a powder coating system. The first part, published in the September issue, covered qualifying bids from contractors. This part covers preparing specifications, evaluating bids, and awarding the contract. The article lists information the owner should provide the contractor and the contractor should provide the owner to get the most suitable powder coating system for the application.
Preparation of detailed specifications for a system may seem complicated and cumbersome; however,
the specifications help to assure that a certain level of workmanship will be provided and that an apples-to-apples comparison between bidders will be easier. The specifications should identify critical parameters and establish minimum requirements yet allow the contractor to use options that mutually benefit all parties. The specifications should be clear, concise, and easily understood by everyone, and applicable to the project. If your company has standard equipment specifications, you need to be knowledgeable of their content and applicability to your project. If you expect the contractor to read
them, you should also read them.