A squadron in my wing was being used pre-lockdown as a sort of pilot scheme for my RFCA to evaluate the feasibility of letting CFAV do a much greater level of self-help. Painting was definitely involved in that as part of a larger refurb. Not sure what’s happening to it now.
This is the correct answer. Painting should be allowed via self-help. It’s generally in the RFCAs interests for us volunteers to be doing simple jobs for them.
I’ve done some self help work at my squadron and just have to email the WExO who gets permission from the RFCA, who then emails directly giving permission. When I fixed a bunch of door handles we even had the material costs covered by our RFCA!
If your WExO and RFCA are definitely saying no, escalate. (By definitely saying no, what I mean is have you actually seen a response from the RFCA saying no, as it might just be your WExO being awkward. They’re generally good at that!)
someone from RFCA to survey to the job, thus not surveying a “real” job
then the time to raise the job/collect in quotes from contractors
then the running around of WExO and OC to allow access to the painters and then at the end to sign off the work…and of course for the CFAVs to move items around in the Squadron to permit the painters access to the walls