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Tim Race

Paint Dude by Tim Race

Tim Race began his career in paint technology with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he was nicknamed “Paint Dude” by his future wife. He later served as a consultant, working for Corrosion Control Consultants and Labs and independently. Race received the SSPC Technical Achievement Award in 1998 and was named an industry Top Thinker by JPCL in 2012. After 30 years in the industry, he is now enjoying retirement and letting his wife do the heavy lifting.

Revelations of the Magic Hammer

Ever hear anyone state with great authority that you can't know what surface preparation was performed after the paint has been applied? You know: Once you paint that steel, you just can't tell how well it was blasted—or even if it was blasted at all. Right?

Posted Monday, April 15, 2013 | 5 Comments

Tapping into a Time-Honored Test

Tap ... tap ... tap ... Between the years of 1660 and 1664, my ninth great-grandfather Andries Rees was repeatedly dragged before the magistrate in the Dutch colony of Nieuw Amsterdam. The charge was tapping on Sunday.

Posted Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 4 Comments

New Tools Stuck in Old-School Ways

In 1973, I was playing baseball for Parkside High School Eagles with Tony Dungy. That was also the year that SSPC published PA2, its first standard for measuring paint dry film thickness.

Posted Thursday, October 4, 2012 | 9 Comments

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