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Articles (64)

Replica Tape: Unlocking Hidden Information

by David Beamish, DeFelsko Corporation

A surface profile is composed of a complex pattern of peaks and valleys. This article...

Running a Tight Ship: UHP Waterjetting and Surface-Tolerant Coatings in Newbuilding Applications

by Nuno Cipriano, Ultrablast Lassarat Ltd., Brazil

This article describes how these combined technologies in newbuilding projects can pr...

On preparing galvanized steel for overcoating

What is the best method for preparing newly galvanized steel to be overcoated with an...

On when to waterjet bridges

When should you specify ultra-high-pressure (UHP) waterjetting on bridges?

Surfaces, Standards and Semantics: A Close Look at Surface Cleaning Standards: Hand- and Power-Tool Cleaning

by Rob Francis, R A Francis Consulting Services Pty Ltd

Part 1 of this column on surface preparation standards, published in the February 201...

Visual surface preparation standards

by Rob Francis, R A Francis Consulting Services Pty Ltd

On surface prep challenges, time & costs

A specification for a bridge to be built of high-performance weathering steel requir...

Safe use of chemical strippers

On Surface Prep in Non-Sparking Environments

How should surface preparation be conducted in non-sparking atmospheres?

On removing thick-film elastomeric floor coatings

Safe Use of Ultra-High-Pressure Waterjetting

Setting up air abrasive blast equipment

The case of improperly cleaned surfaces

by Jayson L. Helsel, P.E., KTA-Tator, Inc. Rich Burgess, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

Failures in Preparation or Specification?

Surface Preparation: Adventures in Frustration

by Peter Bock, CorrLine International, LLC

Visual surface preparation standards are subject to individual interpretation by owne...

Safety considerations for abrasive blasting

Power tool cleaning

On increasing waterjetting pressure and cleaning rates

There are ways to increase the pressure for waterjetting above 20,000 psi. What are t...

Tools and methods of hand tool cleaning

Recent Developments in SSPC Surface Prep Standards

by The JPCL Staff

Surface Preparation: A Continuing Evolution

by Charles Lange, JPCL



Why surface preparation is important

by Robert Barnhart, Debbie Mericle, Chuck Mobley, Tom Hocking, Jeff Bogran, and Ernestine McDaniel

Top of the News

Preparing Concrete Floors for Coatings

by Tracey Glew, The Preparation Group

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

On static electricity and abrasive blasting

What causes static electricity during abrasive blasting? What risk does it pose, and ...

Preparing stainless steel for atmospheric salt service

What is the proper surface preparation for stainless steel before coating to resist a...

What is a Green Abrasive?

by David Dorrow, Mineral Aggregates Inc.

The author discusses strides the surface preparation industry has made in green abra...

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...

Influence of UHP Waterjetting on Shop-Primed Steel in New Construction, Part 3

by Philippe Le Calvé, DCNS; Jean-Pierre Pautasso, Direction Générale de I’Armement; and Nathalie Le Bozec, French Corrosion Institute

In this article, the authors describe the third and final part of a study that involv...

On removing uncured coatings without blasting

How do you remove all traces of an uncured internal coating from a tank when abrasive...

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

by Fred Goodwin, BASF Construction Chemicals

Removing coal tar epoxies

How Coatings Perform over Waterjetting in New Construction

by Philippe Le Calvé, DCNS, France; Jean-Pierre Pautasso, Direction Générale pour I’Armement, France; and Nathalie le Bozec, French Corrosion Institute, France

The authors report on the performance of commonly used paint systems for the protecti...

Remedying excessive profile

This Month's Question: What is the remedial action if a blaster produces too high a ...

Characterizing Surfaces after UHP Waterjetting in New Ship Construction

by Philippe Le Calvé, DCNS, France; Jean-Pierre Pautasso, Direction Générale de I’Armement, France; and Nathalie Le Bozec, French Corrosion Institute

The authors report on the first part of a study on the use of UHP waterjetting for se...

Concrete rehabilitation: From initial repair to coating protection

by H. Michael Simpson, Fox Industries Inc.

On removing animal fats from concrete

Abrasive blasting: Achieving efficiency and profitability

by Patti Roman, Clemco Industries

On keeping steel clean in food plants

The PSPC from an Owner's Point of View

by Carlos Augusto dos Reis Correia, Naval Architect, PETROBRAS TRANSPORTE S.A.—TRANSPERTO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The author discusses an owner’s involvement with corrosion protection inside ballast...

What's New in Equipment for Protective Coating Work

by JPCL staff

Based on information provided to JPCL about products introduced between June 2009 and...

On cleaning rates with abrasive recycling

How does abrasive recycling affect cleaning rates when steel is blast-cleaned in the...

The case of the failing railing

2010 Equipment Buying Guide

This year's Equipment Buying Guide lists products, equipment, and supplies for protec...

Getting the right profile on weathering steel

The case of the not-so-hot roof

by E. Bud Senkowski, PE, KTA-Tator, Inc. & Richard Burgess, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

Laboratory Testing of Candidate Coating Systems for Protecting A 490 Bolts in One World Trade Center Construction

by John Bullard, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and William D. Corbett, KTA-Tator, Inc.

In this article, the authors report on the surface preparation and coating system se...

Problem Solving Forum - On preparing concrete for metalizing

Soluble Salts beneath Coatings - An Overview

by Kenneth B. Tator, P.E., KTA-Tator, Inc.

Part 1 in a series on soluble salts, this article offers a summary of recent research...

How Does Waterjet Cleaning Affect the Surface and Surface Preparation?

by Lydia M. Frenzel, Ph.D., Advisory Council

This article describes the history of waterjet cleaning, discusses the effect that pr...

Problem Solving Forum: How to Handle Exposed Rebar when Repairing Concrete

What is the best approach to cleaning and protecting exposed rebar during repair of s...

Cases from the F-Files: Coating Failures on Galvanized Mast Arms

by Paul Vinik, MSChE, P.E., Florida Department of Transportation and Richard A. Burgess, B.S. , M.S., KTA-Tator, Inc.

Problem Solving Forum: Checking Abrasives in the Field

Many SSPC and ISO standards can be used in the laboratory to check the quality of abr...

Cases from the F-Files: Corrosion of powder-coated aluminum on the Gulf Coast

by Richard Burgess and Kenneth B. Tator, KTA-Tator, Inc.

Filiform Corrosion of Powder-Coated Aluminum on the Gulf Coast

Problem Solving Forum: On Abrasive Blasting Thin Steel Substrates

What do you do when the spec calls for SSPC-SP 10, Near-White, but the metal gauge wo...

Letters to the Editor: On Units for Measuring Chloride Contamination

Preparing Repair Mortars for Wastewater Service: Broom Finish or Blasted Surface?

by Vaughn O'Dea and Rick Schwab, Tnemec Company, Inc.

The authors summarize the results of an investigation to qualitatively assess adhesio...

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...

The Fix That Was Worse Than the Problem

by Raymond Tombaugh, Senior Coatings Consultant, KTA-Tator, Inc. Richard A. Burgess, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

Catastrophic Disbonding of an "Encapsulating Coating" Applied to Hot-Dip Galvanizing

Top Product Developments, 1984 to the Present

by Harold Hower, Technology Publishing/PaintSquare

The past 25 years will likely be seen as the Golden Age of information technology, wh...

Premature rusting of newly coated structural steel in a chemical plant

by Bruce Rutherford, Operations Manager, KTA-Tator, Inc.; Richard Burgess, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

Studies on secondary surface prep after UHPWJ and on preparing concrete

2009 Equipment Buying Guide - Surface Preparation


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CHLOR*RID International Inc.
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Learn about soluble salts, along with a discussion on allowable levels.
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Atlantic Design, Inc.

The smallest version of our Blast Vacuum Recyclers, this ADI 2300CFM 2-Pot is a cleverly designed power package for those smaller jobs. 866.Call.ADI

Axxiom Manufacturing
Schmidt Improves Conversion Kits

Schmidt's conversion kits turn out-of-date blast pots into high quality, efficient blasters. Quick, easy to install with step by step instructions.
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NLB Corporation
Water jet surface prep, high or low

See how quickly HydroPrep® tools do surface prep, with no containment needed. Choose automated Crawler for overhead, Vortex™ for floors, or handheld VertaJet™.

Monti Tools, Inc.

Surface cleanliness of SSPC-10 | Anchor profile up to 4.7 mils | Removes corrosion & coatings | ATEX approved for zone 1 | | 832-623-7970

Montipower, Inc.
The MBX Bristle Blaster

Get a 2.7 to 3.3 mil profile and a Near White Metal Clean. For info visit or call 877 629-8777

HoldTight Solutions Inc.

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rust preventer prevents flash
rust by removing surface contaminants. It has no equal; only wannabees.
Contact us for your
nearest distributor.
(800) 319.8802

GMA Garnet USA
GMA Garnet™
Natural Abrasives

- Superior cleaning
- Even Profile
- Low Dust
- Cost-Effective
- Environmentally friendly
- Recyclable up to 5 times
Tel : +1 832 243 9300

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