Scott Tobias of arkaSpecs sent me today’s Fixed-it Friday photo taken in school library. This door leads to a closet, but what if this was the egress side of the door? Do you think the paint job would be code-compliant?
Remember – in most applications, an egress door can be inswinging if it is serving an occupant load of less than 50.
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Not sure I have ever heard of any code specifically referencing/restricting the painting of a door opening assembly? In my opinion, exits should be clearly visible, clearly marked and clearly identifiable as an exit. Painting a door and frame to disappear into a mural like this, is dangerous, but in this case, with this being a door to a closet, it’s just ridiculous.
If this were in fact an exit door in an occupied space of less than 50 people the door Swing is compliant but the paint job No.
The code states that “Means of egress doors shall be readily distinguishable from the adjacent construction and finishes such that the doors are easily recognizable as doors”. Part of it is and part is not so my first reaction would be no (unless the camouflaged part started above head height IMO). My guess is that this would be an AHJ call.