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Measuring the Surface Profile of Prepared Concrete

Similar to steel, concrete is frequently roughened prior to application of a coating system to enhance the bond and help maintain adhesion of the applied coating when in service.  According to Appendix A7 in the SSPC Joint Surface Preparation Standard SP 13/NACE No. 6, Surface Preparation of Concrete, the depth of surface profile required depends …

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Addition of Appendix 10 to SSPC-PA 2, Procedure for Determining Conformance to Dry Coating Thickness Requirements

According to SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, Paint Application Standard No. 2 (SSPC-PA 2), Procedure for Determining Conformance to Dry Coating Thickness Requirements, is one of the most frequently downloaded standards from the SSPC Marketplace. Measuring coating thickness is one of the most commonly specified quality control processes, and SSPC-PA 2 is recognized across …

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Surface Preparation of Steel Prior to Application of Thermal Spray Coatings

Introduction The installation of thermal spray coatings (TSC) or metalized coatings is becoming more common for protection of new and existing structural steel members on locks & dams, bridges, tanks and other industrial structures. While the installation of thermal spray coatings is typically more labor intensive and more costly than traditional liquid-applied coatings systems, the …

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Shop Versus Field Painting: An Exemplum

Introduction According to Wikipedia, an exemplum (Latin for “example”) is a moral anecdote, brief or extended, real or fictitious, used to illustrate a point. While I wouldn’t consider deciding whether to perform painting work in a shop or in the field a “moral issue,” this story-telling approach is intended to provide a more interesting way …

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Weathering Steel – Use and Preparation When Left Uncoated and When Coated

Weathering steel, often referred to by the genericized trademark COR-TEN steel, is a group of steel alloys developed to form a stable corrosion-resistant surface after several years exposure to weather, potentially eliminating the need for painting in many environments. U.S. Steel (USS) holds the registered trademark on the name COR-TEN, which refers to the two …

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Coating System Selection Based on Performance Evaluations

Independent verification of coating system performance based on laboratory testing and/or field exposure is a critical component to coating system selection. For a given coating system, there may be six or eight manufacturers. It is not safe to assume that all coating systems within a given generic category are created equal. Therefore, careful evaluation of …

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Using Scanning Probe Technology to Measure Coating Thickness

Introduction Coating thickness measurement is one of the most common quality assessments made during industrial coating applications.  SSPC-PA 2, Procedure for Determining Conformance to Dry Coating Thickness Requirements is frequently referenced in coating specifications.  As SSPC-PA 2 has evolved over the past four decades, a number of procedures and measurement frequencies are referenced in both …

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Surface Soluble Salt Measurement – Conductivity Verses Ion-specific Methods of Analysis

Chemical contaminants on a surface can include chlorides, ferrous ions, sulfates and nitrates, among other types of soluble salts. Chloride may come from deicing materials or marine/coastal environments, ferrous ions are a by-product of corrosion, sulfates can be airborne, particularly in industrial environments (e.g., coal-fired power plants) and nitrates may come from the soil (e.g., …

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It’s All in the Mix – Proper Mixing of Multi-Component Coating Systems

Many industrial and protective coating materials consist of more than one component. A multi-component coating is any product that consists of two or more separate parts that are mixed together at a specified ratio. As the materials are mixed, a reaction occurs that allows the disparate parts to chemically cross-link and form a polymer. The …

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Free E-Book – Volume 2: Verifying the Quality of Coating Application (Inspection Instruments for the Pipeline Coatings Industry)

The second of three volumes in the Inspection Instruments for the Pipeline Coatings Industry E-Book Series, “Verifying the Quality of Coating Application” is written by KTA COO, William D. Corbett. It provides information on the proper use of test instruments for verifying the quality of the application of protective coatings. It is applicable to new …

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