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Articles (104)

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


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.

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.

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

Novetas Solutions
Number 1 Crushed Glass Abrasive in America!

Manufactured from 100% Recycled Glass.
NO Crystalline Silica,
Beryllium & Arsenic
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4 plants on Navy QPL
Call us at 866-775-6226

Jessup Manufacturing Company
More Traction for Extreme Marine Conditions

Jessup Safety Track® 3800 Military Grade peel-and-stick non-skid tapes and treads provide extra slip resistance for decks. MIL-PRF-24467C Type XI, Black & Gray.

Polyval Coatings
Polyflex® Polyurea Linings

Polyflex™ new Polyurea Geotextile Membrane System has been specifically engineered to protect the environment in containment applications.

Environmental Controls
Equipment & Service

Temporary climate control equipment. Dehumidifiers,
Heaters, A/C, Power, More…
Call: 866-379-2600

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