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Old 01-13-2010, 08:49 PM   #16
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My question would be what specific code prohibits painting the outside of the box?

I've yet to see that


notice the part that says:

shall be suitably protected against corrosion inside and OUTSIDE by a coating of APPROVED corrosion-resistant material.

approved, per the code means "acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.

Now, mind you, especially in the latest code cycle, the powers given the AHJ have been trimmed as a result of demands imposed by rogue AHJ's on power mad trips. An AHJ cannot interpret a rule in contrast to the intent of the code panel.

So, then, we need to discuss the reason for the coating/paint and what are the requirements of it. As I stated, being fire retardant is pretty much a given on the inside but is it a requirement for the outside?

Without checking in a specific UL listing, I couldn't tell you

So simply put, whatever you put on the outside of the panel must meet whatever requirements are in place on the coating already there and unless you can support that it does meet those spec's, it shouldn't be allowed on the panel.

Now, realistically is an inspector going to ding you for the outside of a panel being painted? I would seriously doubt it.

Can he? I believe so.

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Exterior of panels are painted all the time
Meter base exteriors are painted all the time
While I agree on the inside of the panel (not being painted) I see nothing in regards to the exterior
Who is to say that the exterior was not intended to be painted by the Mfg ?

I'd say its stretching it to an extreme to say that it can't be painted
Most (if not all) exterior metal paints are made to prevent corrosion
It's their intended purpose

So the exterior boxes that rust after 10,20 or 30 years & are painted are all a code violation & need to be replaced?
Painting them returns them to having an exterior protective coating



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Now, mind you, especially in the latest code cycle, the powers given the AHJ have been trimmed as a result of demands imposed by rogue AHJ's on power mad trips. An AHJ cannot interpret a rule in contrast to the intent of the code panel.
Which article are you speaking of here?
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.... I'm still waiting for kpsparky to tell me Southwire said it is ok to paint Romex.
In essence, they said I could -- as long as I did not cover any of the wording inscribed on the outer jacket. So the solution here is to install the romex face down, with the words against the wall. Then paint the back side of it for a nice, finished appearance!
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Which article are you speaking of here?
Sorry but I'm not getting into another discussion within this thread. It is way beyond the original intent and I refuse to take it to yet another topic. Start a thread and PM me a link and I will discuss it.
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