5) Professional willingness and ability to evaluate findings and/or techniques with others who arequalified in relation to individual project/client requirements."These criteria have not changed, although they do need re-emphasizing.Experience of Researcher A good paint researcher will probably have been doing the job for ten years or more; will havemade some form of contribution to the field, and have carried out a hundred or so projects. Inother words, he will be somebody who knows exactly what he is doing. The client should listento the researcher, whose aim will be to carry out the job as quickly, accurately and efficiently as possible.Projects take many forms. If advice is wanted on the way that colour was used in an interior of a particular period, a report should not take too long to prepare. However, if an analysis of the paint is required, it is essential that enough time to complete the work is allowed. Whilst it is possible that an interim report can be issued within a few weeks, a full, illustrated report - possibly amounting to seventy or more pages - will take much longer to produce. The size andcomplexity of the job will obviously have a direct bearing on this.A client should not try to specify the number and location of samples to be taken. It is possiblethat repairs have been carried out previously, and sufficient samples need to be taken to avoidsuch anomalies. It is equally possible that surface detailing, or polychromatic decoration, wasemployed. It is far quicker for the researcher to take all the samples that are needed at one time,than to make an unnecessary return visit. A sketchy report will seldom justify the effort, andmay well raise many unanswered questions.Unrealistic ExpectationsOn the matter of return visits, occasionally the researcher will need to go back to the site, inorder to take confirmatory samples. Time must be allowed for this eventuality. To be told as Iwas recently, that a project had to be completed as follows, defies belief:In this case:The contract, following the tendering operation, was to be awarded on 4
February. Sampleswere to be removed by 18
February (some two weeks later), and the report was to besubmitted by 3
March (i.e. within a month). Furthermore, access was limited to six hours onSundays and Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Accommodation would be necessary, because of the distance from home, and the Tuesday would be spent inactive as the site wasclosed. This was not just for one room, but five areas of a building known to contain nineteenthcentury polychromatic decoration.As if to emphasise the ignorance of the project managers, the colours identified had to conformto RAL numbers.
Quite what would have happened if each of the colours did not match the180 or so colours in that range was not explained. This business of specified paint colours will be discussed later.