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Liquid-Applied Waterproofing Membrane for Bridge Decks

by Dudley J. Primeaux II, PCS, CCI, Joseph Haydu, CEO, and Jonathan Haydu, Bridge Preservation LLC

This article describes the use of liquid applied waterproofing membrane as a method o...

Failure of a coated concrete floor

by Dwight G. Weldon, PCS, Weldon Laboratories, Inc.

On evaluating non-visible contaminants on concrete

How do you assess salts and other non-visible contaminants on concrete surfaces?

Field identification of concrete contaminants commonly encountered in wastewater environments

by Vaughn O'Dea, Tnemec Company, Inc.

Coating Maintenance Challenges at the Bureau of Reclamation

by Pamela Simmons, Editor in Chief, JPCL

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation was established in 1902 and today is the largest whole...

Alternate Materials Supplement Coating Protection in Wastewater Facility

by Harold Hower, JPCL

Gerry Piscopo, Director of Maintenance and Construction for the Emerald Coast Utilit...

Combatting Corrosion on the California Highway

by Charlie Lange, Managing Editor, JPCL

This article provides an overview of Caltrans’ process of maintaining its steel highw...

Polyurea “Loose” Liners: A Floating Fix for Cracked Concrete Secondary Containment

by Kristin Leonard, Bechtel Corp.

This article evaluates the performance of a polyurea “loose” lining system for repair...

Surface Preparation: A Continuing Evolution

by Charles Lange, JPCL

The contractor who almost got floored

by Raymond S. Tombaugh, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc. and Richard A. Burgess, PCS, Series Editor

An introduction to how coatings protect concrete

by Charles H. Holl and Scott A. O’Connor

This month, we will briefly review the composition of concrete and why we coat it. We...

An introduction to the deterioration of concrete

by Randy Nixon, Corrosion Probe, Inc.

On sealing cracks in concrete

What is the most effective practice for crack sealing in concrete to prevent water in...

Preparing Concrete Floors for Coatings

by Tracey Glew, The Preparation Group

This article focuses on the importance of selecting the appropriate method and equipm...

Preparing Surfaces at Wastewater Plants: An Overview of Substrates, Practices, and Standards

by Vaughn O’Dea, Tnemec Company, Inc.

The author describes how surface preparation for the use of high-performance protecti...

Coating concrete: Protection works both ways

by Karen Kapsanis, JPCL

The Six Essential Elements of Successful Concrete Repairs

by R. A. Nixon, Corrosion Probe, Inc.

Maintaining Cow Decks at Dairy Farms: No Parlor Game

Polyurea Plus Color Equals One Fantastic Makeover

Progress Brings Problems to Wastewater Systems

by Gary R. Hall, Lake H. Barrett Jr., and Pete J. Jansen, Sauereisen

Concrete Infrastructure Protection: Trends and Solutions

by Steven Reinstadtler, Bayer MaterialScience

Concrete Solutions: Coatings Answers for a Highly Complex Substrate

by Jayson L. Helsel, P.E., KTA-Tator Inc.

Quality Measures: A Cure for Fear of Failure

by David Beamish, DeFelsko Corporation

Six Key Points You Should Know about Concrete Surface Preparation before Coating Application

by Fred Goodwin, BASF Construction Chemicals

Preserving an icon

by Dirk Uebelhoer, Corporate System Engineer, Flooring and Coating, Sika Services AG

Issues That Do Not Meet The Eye: Design Considerations for Lining Concrete Sludge Mixing and Storage Tanks in Wastewater Treatment Plants

by R.A. Nixon, Corrosion Probe, Inc.

"This article focuses on several condition assessment and design considerations asso...

Concrete Maintenance - Maintain to Sustain

by Fred Goodwin, BASF Corp., Construction Chemicals

In this inaugural article of JPCL's 2012 Top Thinkers: The Clive Hare Honors series, ...

Restoring and Protecting Bridge Piles

by Carl W. Scheffel, P.E., and H. Michael Simpson, Fox Industries

The authors describe the requirements for repair systems that would be effective on c...

Protecting Concrete on the Beijing-Shanghai Railway Bridge

by Huang Weibo, Liu Xudong, Lu Ping, and Ma Xueqiang, Research Institute of Functional Materials, Qingdao Technological University, China.

The authors give a brief history of polyurea use in China, describe the Beijing-Shang...

New Products

Trowel-Applied Mortar Systems for Floors: Tips for Specifiers and Installers

by Casey Ball, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Cases from the F-Files: Who Reads Instructions Anyway?

by Rick A. Huntley, Senior Coatings Consultant, KTA-Tator, Inc.; Richard Burgess, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

The Case of the Failing Floor Coating

Getting a Fix on Concrete Repairs

by Bill Palmer

What to do, how to do it, and when to call for help.


The Beauty of Overlays

by Brett Martin

Colorful, dramatic concrete is hot - and easier than you think. Also: Buying and...

Effective formulas for the polymer floor

by Robert Cain and Eric Borglum, Key Resin Company

Performance success is driven by optimum mix of chemistry, composition, and applicati...


The Basics of Deteriorating Concrete at Wastewater Plants: Tips on Causes, Repair, and Resources

by Heather Bayne, SSPC

This article reviews aggressive exporsures within wastewater facilities; degradation ...

Concrete artistry with color and design

Decorative concrete techniques, including the use of color dyes, concrete polishing, ...

Surface Preparation: Practices, Equipment, and Standards through 25 Years

by Daryl Fleming and Jodi Temyer, JPCL

As surface preparation practices, regulations, and equipment changed, so did SSPC's s...

Studies on secondary surface prep after UHPWJ and on preparing concrete

Gray? No way!

by Joe Maty, Editor, JAC

A varied palette of color and design options creates a host of choices for the concre...

JAC, PaintSquare sites launch Webinars & Education section

Recent product releases

An Overview of Preparing Concrete for Coatings: What to Ask, What to Do, and Where to Find Help

by Fred Goodwin, Fellow Scientist, BASF Construction Chemicals

Key questions to ask about the surface preparation of concrete are covered in this ar...

Coating concrete: double-check your specs

by Kevin Morris, Market Development Director, Water and Wastewater, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Editor's Note: This article is a condensed version of a paper the author presented at...

Greener gambits in the antigraffiti game

by Peter Schmitt and Kathy Allen, Bayer MaterialScience LLC

R&D program produces water-borne polyurethane formulations that combine low VOCs, red...

Product Pipeline

The many shades of green

Top Green Projects reflect the multifaceted nature of design and materials that contr...

Concrete stains and dyes: Surveying the color spectrum

by Howard Jancy, Butterfield Color Inc.

Mixing and matching of chemistries, substrates inspires creation of varied artistic i...

Dealing with the effects of aging

by Joe Maty, Editor, JAC

Far removed in geography, design, and construction, two notable sites take on the job...

Maintenance Tip: Evaluating Techniques for Measuring Applied Film Thickness of Polyurea Elastomeric Systems

by Dudley J. Primeaux II, Primeaux Associates LLC, Elgin, TX and Kelin Bower, PolyVers Internatioanl, Houston, TX

In any coating or lining work, obtaining the specified minimum film thickness or the ...

Product News

Product Pipeline

Special Advertising Gallery: Concrete coatings and treatments

A sampling of materials that offer an expanding array of choices to boost the appeara...

Product Pipeline

by JAC Staff

Volunteers spruce up Dallas nonprofit agencies

by JAC Staff

Annual Buying & Specifying Guide - Concrete densifiers/hardeners

Annual Buying & Specifying Guide - Concrete sealers

Annual Buying & Specifying Guide - Exterior wall coatings

Annual Buying & Specifying Guide - Repair materials, wood and concrete

Getting up to speed on concrete polishing

by Mark B. Vogel, W.R. Meadows Inc.

Enhanced performance and appearance attributes have contributed to the increased use ...

Making it clear on water repellents (Part 1)

by David W. Boyer, PROSOCO Inc.

This two-part examination of clear water repellents for above-grade concrete and maso...

Product Pipeline

by Technology Publishing

Special Advertising Section: Concrete Polishing

by Technology Publishing

Concrete polishing: Durability, sustainability, creativity.

Coloring of concrete: Transforming a gray area

by Jamie Farny and Terry Collins, Portland Cement Association

Applying stains to concrete adds instant visual appeal to this popular building mater...

Making the call on the concrete wall

by Deborah Slaton and Paul Gaudette, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Key issues in the use of coatings and sealers for concrete walls include a number of ...

Putting a hold on leaks

by Christopher Perego, BASF Construction Chemicals-Building Systems

Sealants and coatings for concrete play a crucial role in keeping water on the outsid...

The NEW look of concrete: An expanding universe of color, creativity, and utility

A special advertising gallery showcasing decorative-concrete technologies.

Polished concrete: Gaining traction in the green-building arena

by Greg Schwietz, L&M Construction Chemicals

A polished concrete floor system, when viewed as a whole, can help increase the energ...

Stain and sealer system transforms concrete floors at Ave Maria University

The war against water

by Allen Zielnik, Atlas Material Testing Technology, LLC

An array of water-repellent and waterproofing measures are enlisted in the never-endi...

A firm foundation, part 2

by Charles H. Holl, Dayton Superior Corp.

Important preparation and test-method procedures are reviewed in the second part of t...

JAC Buying and Specifying Guide

In the first annual JAC Buying and Specifying Guide, information from more than 160 m...

Aiming for the fences (and the rest of the stadium)

by John C. Williams, HOK Sport+Venue+Event

A winning maintenance-coating game plan for sports facilities must take into account ...

Concrete Protection and Decoration - A different slant on treatments for tilt-up

by Lorella Angelini, BASF Building Systems

High-build coatings can provide decorative and protective advantages in applications ...

Concrete Protection and Decoration - A firm foundation

by Charles H. Holl, Technical Specialist, Dayton Superior Corp.

The author provides a practical overview of the more commmonly used cleaning, surface...

Concrete Protection and Decoration, Concrete and coatings: A complex relationship

by Allen Zielnik, Atlas Materials Testing Technology LLC

Reviewed here are performance requirements for concrete coatings used for a variety o...

Playing with color at Wiggles World

A photo montage of the coated concrete surfaces of the play area at Wiggles World, pa...

Concrete Floors - Dogs get their day at designer-style digs

The name says the facility is for the dogs, but the look has dog owner written all ov...

Directory of Green Coatings

Coating products from 127 companies are listed and described.

Polyurea Coatings - Sealing the deal in Cerritos

Polyurea coatings anchor a waterproofing system used in the restoration of a parking ...

Monster of a Midway Job

by Gary Henry, PROSOCO

Boasting 25,422 available parking spaces and encompassing approximately 3 million squ...

Securing the Deck

by Jayson L. Helsel, P.E.

Concrete, one of the most widely used and versatile construction materials, is the ty...

Deceiving appearance: Concrete, for all its strengths, can present complexities for coatings

by Allen Zielnik, Atlas Materials Testing Technology LLC

Cement and concrete are our most versatile building materials, and their use can be t...

Grit and polish

by Charels H. Holl, Dayton Superior Specialty Chemicals

Designers and owners are taking a shine to the varied decorative and performance effe...

Some hard truths on concrete coatings and coverings

by Jayson L. Helsel, PE., KTA-Tator, Inc.

A horizontal concrete surface may convey the appearance of a relatively monolithic, s...

Concrete protection and decoration

Inspired interpretations, Taking flight

Directory of Floor Coatings for Concrete

This Directory of Floor Coatings (and related products such as stencils, stamping too...

Water woes

by Charles Holl, Dayton Superior Speciatly Chemicals

Moisture vapor and hydrostatic pressure can wreak havoc with protective and decorativ...

Creating decorative concrete: Methods and materials

by Jamie Farny, Portland Cement Association

Concrete occupies a long and storied place in the construction world, but decorative ...

Directory of Sealers for Masonry and Concrete

This buying guide lists and describes clear and pigmented as well as film-forming and...

Sealers and coatings for masonry and concrete: The essentials

by Deborah Slaton, James D. Connolly, and Leonard L. Phelps

This article examines reasons for sealing or coating (or not coating) exterior masonr...

The cold, hard truth on concrete sealers and coatings

by Jayson Helsel

Sealing or coating concrete and masonry surfaces can significantly extend their usefu...

Study in contrast: Casino, natural-foods co-op put their money on variants of deco-floor theme

What could a high-rolling Atlantic City casino and a natural-foods co-op in the Pacif...

The cold, hard truth on coatings for concrete: Chemistry can be crucial to success or failure

by Jayson Helsel

Concrete is seeing increasing use as a building material in construction. Successfull...

USGBC issues draft of new LEED system for new construction

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently issued a “first public-comment draft...

Concrete Finishing: Reactive stain breathes life into landmark chapel’s concrete

by Joe Maty

Seattle University’s prizewinning St. Ignatius unites ‘ancient and new’ - In seeking ...

New coatings VOC limits go into effect in Mid-Atlantic

WASHINGTON—New volatile organic compound (VOC) limits on architectural and industrial...


SABRE Autonomous Solutions
Safety, Productivity, Quality. Robotic Blasting

Learn how this simple to use, field deployed, automatic robot is eliminating hazards in major confined, cluttered and complex surface preparation projects.

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
SSPC 2016 Register Now!

SSPC2016 is earlier this year, don't forget to book your plane tickets and hotel. See you soon. For more information visit

Graco Inc.
Graco Mortar Pump

The M680 sprays epoxy-based mortars, anti-skid coatings, cementitious and filled materials. Compact.
Easy to use.
Call 877-844-7226 or

Nationwide Overspray
Profession Overspray Removal Services

The Finest Name in Safe Overspray Removal. We specialize in removing all contaminants from any surface. Family Owned and Operated for 33 years! Fully insured. Satisfaction is guaranteed.

Corrosion Probe, Inc.
From Detection to Correction

Corrosion Probe, Inc. has the Most Concrete Coatings Experience and Expertise. Contact us today at

New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films

AW Chesterton
ARC Protective Coatings

perform reliably under the most demanding exposures in the toughest process conditions. Use our Coating Selector Tool for your application needs at

Axxiom Manufacturing
Schmidt Improves
Portable Blasters

Schmidt's VBS System reduces blowdown intensity, prevents exhaust from damaging floor while using no screens or filters. Reduces sound; Increasing safety.
Call 1-800-231-2085

PreTox Products - NexTec, Inc.
GOT LEAD? Specify Pretox System products

The ONLY Lead Stabilizer Compatible with All Paint Removal Methods. Works with all Blast Media: Grits | Recyclable Abrasives | CO2 | Water | Power Tools | Etc. Call Dave Steffen at 800.338.8296.

W Abrasives : Shot Peening Solutions

W Abrasives has developed an exclusive range of products to boost your peening and blasting performances.

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