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Blogs (17)

Going with the Flow: 7 Common Issues with Respirators on Blast Jobs

by Kevin Guth

Whether it is lack of training, general apathy on the topic from those impacted in th...

Design Ventilation Flow Rates for Blasting Containments: Who Decides?

by Kevin Guth

There are potential risks associated with specifying design ventilation flow rates th...

Wet, Dry, Other: A Surface Prep Primer

by Lee Wilson

There is a vast rage of surface preparation methods widely used within the industry t...

Dusting Off an Old Standard

by Lee Wilson

Coatings generally fail in direct proportion to their lack of adhesion. It’s rather s...

Access, Access, Access: Reach Out and Hug a Bridge

by Robert Ikenberry

Just as realtors say, "Location, location, location," bridge-painting jobs should hav...

Containment: A Time to Think Ahead

by Robert Ikenberry

Typically, the two biggest costs for projects involving abatement of hazardous paint ...

A Chilly Surface Prep Method Gains Steam

by Lee Wilson

What is stopping dry ice blasting from becoming a more prevalent method of surface pr...

Are All Surface Prep Standards Created Equal? Part 3

by Lee Wilson

Why, when the joint standards supply so much more information, are specifiers still c...

Are All Surface Prep Standards Created Equal? Part 2

by Lee Wilson

How does a SSPC/NACE joint standard on surface preparation differ from the equivalent...

Are All Surface Prep Standards Created Equal? Part 1

by Lee Wilson

Some say the ISO standard for dry abrasive blasting is in need of a revamp. Is it? An...

Sandblast Nozzle Selection

by Patrick Harmon

When it comes to sandblasting, the blast nozzle you use is critical. Blast nozzle sel...

How About a New 95:50 Rule?

by Robert Ikenberry

I think we should have a new way of looking at quality. We don’t have to settle for “...

Blast It Fast: Factors that Contribute to Sandblasting Speed

by Patrick Harmon

As a contractor, the speed at which you can prep a surface or remove contaminants can...

A Tale of Two Contractors:
The Hidden, Staggering Costs of Inefficiency

by Warren Brand

It was early spring of 2007 when my old coating company got the call from Grainger Wo...

All About Adhesion

by Lee Wilson

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

Revelations of the Magic Hammer

by Tim Race

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

Too Much Rust for the Weary

by Karen Kapsanis

Although I don’t see offshore oil platforms around Pittsburgh, rarely pass storage ta...


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