This paper builds a case for trained, certified commercial painting contractors and applicators. It discusses SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings’ (SSPC’s) initiatives and progress in standards development for Commercial Contractor Certification and Commercial Certified Application Specialists.
Fabricators and Construction Firms rely on sub-tier vendors to supply a vast array of components and equipment for integration into the products they are supplying their clients. This may include valves, engines, motors, power supplies, tanks, tubs, vessels and other numerous items. The items and components provided by sub-tier vendors are normally prepared and coated prior to being delivered with what are typically referred to as original equipment manufacturer (OEM) coating systems.
High performance concrete coatings are frequently applied with a grade of texture to improve traction and safety. The finished texture is dependent upon the size and type of aggregate, application method and density, and the amount of topcoat applied over the texture. Defining the degree of texture within a specification and translating the description to installation has typically been left to individual interpretations.
Testing cured coatings for flaws and defects is often a crucial part of the acceptance process for a coating assessed against its specification. This is particularly the case for pipeline and storage tank coatings and for coatings applied for corrosion protection, where discontinuities in the coating can lead to premature failure.
This research paper describes the various predicaments and issues to enhance the effectiveness of environmentally responsible food grade paint, which helps in maximizing safety and reducing the risk of corrosion. The presentation of this report will consider the characteristics of food grade paint as well as enumerates the companies that produce food grade paint.
The Optically Active Pigmented (OAP) coatings inspection process was developed by NAVSEA around 2004 to increase the speed and accuracy of tank coatings inspections. In an OAP inspection, violet LED inspection lights illuminate special tank coatings that fluoresce to increase the contrast between coated and uncoated steel.
Green Seal is modifying its coating standard, GS-11, to reflect today’s environmental concerns. The biggest area of concern is greenhouse gases, global warming, energy conservation and Urban Heat Islands which is referenced under the Kyoto Treaty, EPA Clean Air Act, California AB 32, Title 24 and other air quality legislation. Green Seal can address these concerns by including a new energy-efficient requirement in to its new coating standards.
While real time outdoor weathering exposures in benchmark climates, such as South Florida, are highly recommended for determining coating performance and service lifetimes, the lengthy test times required are often problematic. Therefore, outdoor and laboratory artificial accelerated weathering testing has become a mainstay in coatings testing, particularly in the product development phase.
Engineers, architects, DOTs, and other specifiers use hot dip galvanizing to provide corrosion protection to steel and iron in many industries, including transportation and highway, parking garages, bridges, structural, agricultural, petrochemical, and original equipment manufacturing. To ensure continued corrosion protection and structural integrity in these industries, it is necessary to properly inspect the galvanizing.