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Blogs (22)

No Room for Painters

From Inspector's Corner by Lee Wilson

Way back in June 2011, I wrote an article that was published in a European coatings j...

A Pleasant Surprise in the Permian Basin

From Coatings Consult by Warren Brand

The three-hour drive through the scrub of the Northwestern Shelf of the Permian Basin...

All About Adhesion

From Inspector's Corner by Lee Wilson

As I have stated time and time again, if a protective coating does not stick to the s...

Specifications: Does Anyone Still Care?

From Coatings Consult by Warren Brand

When I was nine or 10, my summers were spent with gun-toting workmen, driving around ...

Standards: Guidelines or Gospel?

From Coatings Consult by Warren Brand

In coatings, as in every other profession, you can go by the book or you can go with ...

Seeking Sense from the Experts

From Coatings Consult by Warren Brand

It takes an enormous amount to get under my skin. But I just attended a conference fo...

When Bad Specs Happen to Good Projects

From Inspector's Corner by Lee Wilson

As we are well aware, many factors can and do cause premature coating failure. The us...

Game of Pros: Experience v. Credentials

From Inspector's Corner by Lee Wilson

Inspectors and others in the protective-coatings field often ask me which is “better”...

Where It All Went So Wrong

From Inspector's Corner by Lee Wilson

I recently returned from inspecting a high-profile gas plant being developed by a maj...

Failure? Analyze This (or Don't)

From Coatings Consult by Warren Brand

So, I get a call from the manager of a tony high-rise condo on Chicago’s Gold Coast.

Coating Inspectors: Are We Necessary?

From Coatings Consult by Warren Brand

Over 30 years in the industry, I’ve been on most sides of many paint issues. I’ve own...

Coating Inspectors: Are We Necessary?

From Coatings Consult by Warren Brand

‘Solutions’ That Also Teach Lessons

From Coatings Consult by Warren Brand

It all started over coffee with a friend. I had wondered to Dean, a coating rep, how ...

I Try to be Flexible...

From Coatings Consult by Warren Brand

We are in the process of getting a water tank—85 feet in diameter and roughly 80 feet...

Beyond the Cold Wall: A Penetrating Look

From Coatings Consult by Warren Brand

Thanks to everyone for reading, thinking about and commenting on my last blog on the ...

Techie Trials and Paper Tigers

From On the Contrary by Simon Hope

Life is great, things progress, and every day a shiny new techno-toy arrives to make ...

Dirty Secrets of the ‘Q’ Word

From On the Contrary by Simon Hope

Having dispensed with human competence, can we hope for any better from its inanimate...

Revelations of the Magic Hammer

From Paint Dude by Tim Race

Ever hear anyone state with great authority that you can't know what surface preparat...

Dangers of the Daily Juggling Act

From Editorial License by Karen Kapsanis

I have been trying to write this little essay for weeks, but I keep getting interrupt...

‘Competent Persons’ vs. Competence

From On the Contrary by Simon Hope

One of the eternal problems that our industry grapples with is defining the differenc...

Tapping into a Time-Honored Test

From Paint Dude by Tim Race

Tap ... tap ... tap ... Between the years of 1660 and 1664, my ninth great-gra...

New Tools Stuck in Old-School Ways

From Paint Dude by Tim Race

In 1973, I was playing baseball for Parkside High School Eagles with Tony Dungy. That...


DeFelsko Corporation
PosiTector 200 for concrete

Rugged, simple and affordable coating thickness gage for concrete measures protective coatings including polyurea.

Fischer Technology Inc.
Measure TSA Coatings on Stainless Steel

The PHASCOPE® PMP10 from FISCHER precisely measures thermally sprayed aluminum (TSA) on stainless steel.

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.

KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office
KTA-Tator EH&S Services

• Ambient & Worker Exposure Air Monitoring
• Safety & Health Program Development
• Lead Paint Assessments
& Specifications
• Health Hazard & Jobsite Safety Assessments
Call 1-800-245-6379

Elcometer, Inc.
New Elcometer 456 Coating Thickness Gauge

Best In Class Just Got Better. Technologically Intelligent And Robust. Marvelous Design And Durability. An Earth-Shattering Revolution In Coating Inspection.

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.

Advanced Recycling Systems

Recycling Machines, Dust Collectors, Rapid Deployment units are time-tested and approved for the rugged industrial environment. Contact ARS today!

Wasser High-Tech Coatings Inc.
Wasser Coatings Protect

Wasser Coatings offer a complete range of Moisture Cure Urethane (NEPCOAT approved) systems in addition to Polyurea membranes and linings(NSF).

Hempel (USA) Inc.

Efficient systems and high quality products to reduce your maintenance costs. Visit Hempel Protective for more information.

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