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Ensure Accurate DFT Readings: 10 Important Things to Know

by David Beamish, DeFelsko Corporation

Protecting Offshore Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico: Shortcuts = Potential Havoc

by Peter Bock, CUI Specialist, Consultant

Transforming the Subject Matter Expert into an Educator: Gaining Competitive Advantage by Applying Adult Learning Principles

by Amy Gibson, KTA-Tator, Inc.

This article describes what makes adult learners different, the different ways they l...

The Mystery of the Disappearing Topcoat

by Peter Bock, CUI Specialist, Consultant

A Hairy Situation: Coating Failure in a 10,000-Gallon Shampoo Tank

by Warren Brand Chicago Corrosion Group, LLC

How To Know That Paint Has Dried

by Charles S. Brown, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

Telecom Meets Water Tower

by Christopher Wolfgram and Daniel J. Zienty, Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.

More and more, telecommunications companies are using water towers as macro cell site...

Failure at the Jail

by Richard A. Burgess, PCS, Series Editor, KTA-Tator, Inc.

Equifinality: Specifying Performance

by Troy Fraebel and Tony Ippoliti, The Sherwin-Williams Company

This article explains the balanced equifinality principle in specification — leaving ...

Little Clues That Reveal Bigger Issues:
Perforations in Twin 250-Foot-Diameter Tanks

by Warren Brand, Chicago Corrosion Group, LLC

Inspection Equipment

by Alison B. Kaelin, CQA, ABKaelin, LLC

Corrosion in Less Than One Year is the Pits!

The Curse of the Mummy: Mysterious Tank Lining Failures in WAC Vessels

by Mike O’Donoghue, Ph.D., Vijay Datta, M.S., and Sean Adlem, International Paint LLC.; Jack Whittaker, Cenovus Energy Inc.; Doug Wade, NWS Inspection Ltd.; and Margaret Pardy, Mag Consulting Inc.

In this article, the authors outline discoveries made from forensic work to unravel e...

Quality Assurance and Quality Control — We Do It, Too!

Sporadic Interior Pipe Corrosion and Perforations

by Warren Brand, Chicago Corrosion Group, LLC

The Importance Of Pattern Recognition In Failure Analysis

by Dwight G. Weldon, Weldon Laboratories, Inc.

The author describes cases where recognizing patterns used in conjunction with standa...

What You See Isn’t Always What You Get: The Problem with Aesthetics

by Rick A. Huntley, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc. Richard A. Burgess, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

The Mystery of the Failing Bridge Paint

A Resilient Floor That Lost its Shine

by Dwight G. Weldon, Weldon Laboratories, Inc.

Effect of RH on the Time Between Blasting and Priming

How long can a blasted surface be left before priming under different temperatures/re...

Concrete Floor Coatings Forensics Case History — Part 2

by Chrissy M. Stewart, PCS; Richard A. Burgess, PCS, Series Editor; KTA-Tator, Inc.

Galvanic Corrosion in Water and Wastewater Structures

by Vaughn O’Dea, Tnemec Company, Inc.; Travis C. Tatum, Dunham Engineering, Inc.; Pat Barry and Paul B. Higgins, The Barry Group, L.L.C.

The authors discuss prevention of galvanic corrosion in water and wastewater structur...

On Coating Systems for Exterior Above-Ground Storage Tanks

Concrete Floor Coatings Forensics Case History — Part 1, Field Investigation Phase

by James D. Machen, KTA-Tator, Inc. Richard A. Burgess, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

On Protecting Rebar in Concrete

What is the best way to prevent corrosion of reinforcing bar in concrete?

On Top of the World - Rudy Hudale, Avalotis Corporation

The straws that broke the camel’s back

by Dwight G. Weldon, Weldon Laboratories, Inc.

Coating failure on motor housings

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

Many JPCL readers are well-acquainted with the steps involved in the field or shop pa...

Can pre-project testing lead to post-application performance?

by Valerie D. Sherbondy, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc., Richard Burgess, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

Failure of a coated concrete floor

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

Managing Employee Assets

by Robert Ikenberry, California Engineering Contractors, Inc.

The author presents important insight about managing the most valuable workplace asse...

On evaluating non-visible contaminants on concrete

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

On defining “equivalent” in a specification

Overcoating: maintenance or mayhem?

by Richard A. Burgess, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

Assessing coatings on buried pipelines

How do you gauge the remaining service life of an aging fusion-bonded epoxy (FBE) sy...

Field identification of concrete contaminants commonly encountered in wastewater environments

by Vaughn O'Dea, Tnemec Company, Inc.


by Dwight G. Weldon, Weldon Laboratories, Inc.

Even if the cause of the failure is not obvious upon microscopic examination, clues ...

Q&A with Lloyd M. Smith, Ph.D.

Infrared spectroscopy

by Dwight G. Weldon, Weldon Laboratories, Inc.

Gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy

by Dwight G. Weldon, Weldon Laboratories, Inc.

On replacing blistered coatings

The importance of standards

by Michael Damiano, Director of Product Development, SSPC

Topcoating ethyl silicate inorganic zinc-rich primers too soon

Common causes of blister and bubble formation in industrial coatings

by James D. Machen, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc. and Rich Burgess, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

One blistering in demineralized water storage tanks

I have several 20-year-old carbon steel tanks for storing demineralized water. The or...

Differential scanning calorimetry

On overcoating existing tank linings

When performing maintenance painting of tank linings, what are the pros and cons of o...

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...

Fundamentals of stripe coating

Understanding Slip Coefficient and Tension Creep Testing of Coatings Used in Slip-Critical Bolted Connections

by William D. Corbett, PCS, and Carly M. McGee, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc.

The authors will explain the methods and processes of slip coefficient and tension cr...

Assuring the quality of abrasives

The case of the compromised propane tank coating

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

Testing adhesion of multi-coat systems

When should the adhesion of an applied coating or lining multi-coat system be tested?

Causes of amine blush

What causes amine blush in epoxy topcoats?


The case of…bubbles, and pinholes, and blisters, oh my!

by James D. Machen, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc.
Richard Burgess, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

The Crude Truth about Lining Tanks for Oil Transport

by Michael McGlamry, Hempel USA

The author discusses the changing conditions and lining considerations for transporti...

QA/QC: Some Things Are Old; Some Are New

by Warren Brand, Chicago Coatings Group, LLC

Quality Control Equipment and Practice Trends: 2009–Today

by Charles Lange and Brian Goldie, JPCL

SSPC Standards Build on Foundation for Quality in Coatings Work

by The JPCL Staff

The “No Big Bang” Theory: An Introduction to Risk-Based Inspection Systems for Mitigating CUI in Process Equipment and Piping

by Peter Bock, Capital Inspectors

This article describes using risk-based inspection (RBI) to detect and mitigate corro...

Tips on In-service Inspection of Offshore Passive Fire Protection

by David Hunter, Mascoat, and Kevin Turpin, PK Technology

Q&A with Pat Sweeney

by Charles Lange, JPCL

Why good housekeeping is important

Q&A with Dwight Weldon

by Charles Lange, JPCL

Top of the News

Measuring Dry Film Coating Thickness According to SSPC-PA 2

by William D. Corbett, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc.

This article gives a brief review of the history of SSPC-PA 2 and describes the five ...

Testing the cure of IOZ

Is the MEK rub test a conclusive test to check the cure of inorganic zinc coatings?

Basics of corrosion of steel for applicators

by Joe Pikas

The Applicator Training Bulletin series returns!

Can in-process QC prevent premature coating failures?

by William D. Corbett, PCS, KTA-Tator, Inc. Richard Burgess, Series Editor, KTA-Tator, Inc.

Inspection and Quality: How Far Have We Come in 45 Years?

by Kenneth A. Trimber, KTA-Tator, Inc.

The author raises questions about practical improvements in inspection and quality ov...

New SSPC Standard Helps Determine Compliance with Profile Requirements

by Aimée Beggs and Heather Stiner, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings

The authors report on a new standard, SSPC-PA 17, on steel profile and its complement...

Hull Resistance Management in the New Era of Ship Energy Efficiency

by Johnny Eliasson, ABS

The author describes, in general terms, why hull resistance to biofouling and its man...

Temperature and Humidity Monitoring for Industrial Coating Application

by Don Schnell, DRYCO

A quality coatings application can occur only when optimum environmental conditions a...

The Ideal Coating Inspector

by Brendan Fitzsimons, Pyeroy

Does the ideal coating inspector really exist? The author reviews the various qualifi...

How CAS Training Fits into Shop Painting in the Future

by David Boyd, Vulcan Painters Inc.

The author discusses how the SSPC Coating Application Specialist (CAS) training is th...

The case of…failure in a filter house

by Rick Huntley, KTA-Tator, Inc. Richard Burgess, Series Editor, KTA-Tator, Inc.

Corrosion Protection of Cargo Tanks in Crude Oil Carriers: The New IMO Regulations

by Brian Goldie, JPCL

This article reviews the Performance Standard for Protective Coatings for Cargo Oil T...

Durability Assessment of Foul-Release Coatings

by David Tordonato, PE, and Allen Skaja, PCS, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

The authors detail the results of laboratory tests of foul-release coatings to contro...

ISO’s Standard for Field Joint Coating: Understanding and Using ISO 21809-3

by Marcel Roche

The author reviews ISO’s Field Joint Coating Standard and discusses several aspects o...

The case of…surprise blistering and rusting on a new tank lining system

by James D. Machen, Senior Coatings Consultant, KTA-Tator, Inc. and Richard Burgess, Series Editor, KTA-Tator, Inc.

The Six Essential Elements of Successful Concrete Repairs

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

Quality Measures: A Cure for Fear of Failure

by David Beamish, DeFelsko Corporation

Laboratory Investigations into the Edge Corrosion Protection Capacity of Organic Coatings

by Sascha Buchbach, Dr. Peter Plagemann, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research; and Dr. Andreas W. Momber, Muehlhan AG

This article begins with a summary of the first part of a research study on how edge ...

The case of…October showers bring November rust spots

by Jayson L. Helsel, P.E., Senior Coatings Consultant, KTA-Tator, Inc. Richard Burgess, Series Editor, KTA-Tator, Inc.

The Vincent Thomas Bridge: A Study in Overcoating and QC

by William H. Hansel, Caltrans

This article describes the painting of the Vincent Thomas Bridge's east tower, highli...

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...

Ship Coating Maintenance & Repair

by Roy Nedal, Marine Service International AS

The author gives a contractor’s view of the present state of ship coating maintenance...

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...

SSPC Gives Guidance on Protective Coating Specifications

This article is a summary of an SSPC report, "Preparing and Using Protective Coating ...

The case of…too many choices

by Eric S. Kline, KTA-Tator, Inc., Richard A. Burgess, Series Technical Editor

On the cleanliness of stainless steel

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...

SSPC Protective Coatings Specialist

by Jodi Temyer

Q&A with Skip Vernon

The Case of the Sliding Lining

by Richard A. Burgess, KTA-Tator, Inc.

In this month's F-Files, the application of a liner to the interior of a demineralize...

Evaluating Coatings to Control Zebra Mussel Fouling

by Allen Skaja, Ph.D.; and David Tordonato, Ph.D. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

The authors discuss the Bureau of Reclamation’s second year of testing coatings to co...

When specifications and product data sheets conflict

On measuring WFT to predict DFT

Preparing an Inspection Plan for Bridge Maintenance Painting

by William D. Corbett, KTA-Tator, Inc.

This article reviews the purpose and benefits of developing an inspection plan and re...

On holidays in linings for immersion service

Potential Risks of Ballast Water Treatment Systems on Ballast Tank Coatings

by Brian Goldie, JPCL

This article reviews presentations made at a one-day workshop in London organized by ...

Using Robots in Ballast Tanks: Project Under Way to Automate Inspection of Surface Prep and Coating Work

by Lars-Eric Etzold, Meyer Werft GmbH

The author discusses the project "RObots in Tanks" (ROT), which is in the process of...

The case of...three (Part 2 of 2)

The case of...three (Part 1 of 2)

by Richard Burgess, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

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...

On the meaning of "nominal film thickness"

On determining dry-to-handle times in the shop

2010 Directory of Coatings Consultants

The 2010 JPCL Directory of Coatings Consultants contains information about more than ...

The case of the failing railing

2010 Equipment Buying Guide

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

The case of the mysterious cracking coating

by James D. Machen, Senior Coatings Consultant, KTA-Tator, Inc. Richard Burgess, KTA-Tator, Inc., Series Editor

The Case of...the Strange Blistering

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

Research funded for marine coatings work, shipyard safety

by JPCL Staff

The case of the not-so-hot roof

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

Cases from the F-Files - Lining a clarifier four times to get acceptable performance

Cases from the F-Files: The Case of...A Failure to Communicate

Preventing Coating Damage in the Supply Chain of Pipelines

by Idsart van Assema, Line Pipe Logistic Innovation & Research Center

The author describes in-house employee observations as well as literature on coating ...

Problem Solving Forum: On measuring surface profile in the field

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...

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

Dry Film Thickness Measurements: How Many Are Enough?

by Rob Francis, Aurecon Australia Pty Ltd

The author provides a close look at four major international standards for measuring ...

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...

Test Method for the Estimation of the IMO PSPC "Walk-On Time" for Ballast Tank Coatings

by Serafin Barreiro, Hempel A/S, Kgs.

The author reports on a laboratory study intended to devise an appropriate test metho...

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...

L. Skip Vernon is first SSPC Master Coatings Inspector

2009 Equipment Buying Guide - Inspection


Fischer Technology Inc.
MP0R with rotating display screen

Automatic rotating display screen just like your smart phone. Click for Video
Call 800-243-8417

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

Desco Mfg. Co., Inc.

Steel Fabrication

• Shipyards
• Plate Fabrication
• Structural Steel
• Maintenance

DESCO Mfg.Co., Inc.

Industrial Vacuum Equipment Corp.
Hurricane Vacuums
& Dust Collectors

Vacuum and dust collector hose, filters and related accessories.

DeFelsko Corporation
PosiTector Inspection Kits

PosiTector 6000 Coating Thickness Gage easily converts to a surface profile gage, dew point meter or ultrasonic wall thickness gage with a simple probe change

HoldTight Solutions Inc.

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rust
preventer prevents flash
rust by removing surface contaminants. Contact us
for your nearest distributor.
(800) 319.8802

CHLOR*RID International Inc.

*Stop flash rust
*Provides outstanding
*Easy to use and only pennies
per square foot
*Works with poor quality
*Use for mist blasting, vapor
blasting, wet blasting and
*Leaves no residue and
provides excellent adhesion.

W Abrasives - Surf Prep Pack

Experts in surface preparation are not working only on greens. To discover the SURF PREP PACK dedicated to experts. Visit our website,

Sidewinder/Persyst Enterprises, Inc.
The Sidewinder Model M2 Solvent Recycler

Combat the rising cost of gunwash, thinners, acetone & more while drastically reducing waste disposal coat.


The Next Generation
of Blasting

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