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Rob Lanterman

A Logical Approach to Coating Failure Investigations

No one wants a coating to fail prematurely; not the general contractor, the painting contractor, the owner, or the specification writer.  Coating failures lead to costs that are unaccounted for, project delays, equipment having to be out of service, liquidated damages, and oftentimes litigation.  Like automobile accidents, coating failures occur even though everyone is trying …

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Investigating Coating Failure: Disbonding of an Overcoat

THE SUBJECT Two steel 250-plus-ton, fixed, gantry crane structures were overcoated as part of a 2014 coating remediation project. The cranes are located in the Northeastern U.S. and were erected in 1956. They reportedly still had the original coating system when the remediation was performed. Project specifications called for spot repairs at corroded areas and …

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Surface Preparation by Power Tool Cleaning… What to Specify When

One of the key components to the success of any coatings maintenance project is the degree of surface preparation both specified and performed. For the purposes of this discussion we are going to assume that due diligence has been done and that power tool cleaning is a viable option for maintenance painting work.  Now the …

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