Since the 1980s, fluoropolymer resin technologies have offered the possibility of a quantum improvement in topcoat decorative properties- gloss and color retention- compared to conventional acrylic and polyester resins. Specifiers of both protective and architectural restoration coatings systems have expressed a need for a new SSPC standard for field-applied fluoropolymer topcoats, particularly for bright and saturated colors.
The use of duplex coating systems (hot dip galvanizing or thermal spray coating with one or more liquid-applied coatings) for long term protection of structural steel is becoming more mainstream in many industries. This paper describes the advantages of employing duplex coating systems as well as some important considerations for designers prior to specifying their use. It also highlights an ongoing initiative to help agencies more efficiently and effectively use duplex coatings on steel bridges by developing guidelines, standards, and other materials.
Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) is a very serious problem impacting the oil and gas, petrochemical, power and heavy industries. Due to the high costs associated with CUI, many industries have begun abandoning conventional jacket insulation. Recent advancements in trade association standards have helped engineers select, apply and inspect different types of insulative coatings in lieu of conventional jacket insulation.