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$22.4M bridge rehab contract awarded

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...

Top of the News

Webinar studies weathering on Florida bridges

Problems with galvanizing

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

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

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Jimmie Davis Bridge contract awarded; public picks purple paint

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

Assessment Married to Specification Is Key to Dominion Transmission’s Maintenance Painting Program

by Harold Hower, JPCL

Dominion Transmission, Inc. (DTI), an interstate natural gas transmission subsidiary ...

Coating Maintenance at an Oil Refinery

by Dan Mobbs, Assistant Editor, JPCL Europe

Assistant editor of JPCL Europe, Dan Mobbs interviewed engineering manager Andy Smith...

Maximizing Shipbuilding Production by Modernizing Facilities & Processes

by Katie Urbas, Planning Supervisor — Blast, Paint, General, and Temporary Services, General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard began to transform the way that it produced ships in...

Monoko, LLC Awarded O’Neal Bridge Rehab Contract

by Katelyn Antolik, Paint BidTracker

San Antonio Power Plant Asset Protection Program

by Mario Sanjuan, P.E., Senior Manager, Mechanical Projects, CPS Energy; and Kirk Wissmar, P.E., Engineering Surveys Department Manager, KTA-Tator, Inc.

In 2010, CPS Energy made a decision to obtain the services of an outside consultant t...

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...

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On increasing waterjetting pressure and cleaning rates

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

Assuring the quality of abrasives

Tools and methods of hand tool cleaning

2013 Equipment Buying Guide

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

In Situ Pipeline Coating Process Passes Saudi Desert Test

by Baker S. Hammad, BSH Engineering Consultant Office

In this article, the author explains and breaks down the In Situ coating process step...

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...

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

by Fred Goodwin, BASF Construction Chemicals

The case of…too many choices

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

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...


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Angels and Demons in the Realm of Protective Coatings: The Underworld of VOCs

by Mike O’Donoghue, Ph.D.; V.J. Datta, MS; and Russell Spotten, International Paint, LLC

The authors examine the "angels and demons" that coatings with exempt solvents pose f...

Abrasive blasting: Achieving efficiency and profitability

by Patti Roman, Clemco Industries

Stucco Unstuck

by Rick Huntley

The Weather Factor

by Kenneth A. Trimber

Don't let conditions rain on your painting parade. Get a sneak peek at Durability ...

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...

Coating on Thames Barrier Assessed after 25 Years

by Martin Earlam, UK Environment Agency

Ship collision gives water jetting roles in environmental protection, Barrier coating...

Supporting the Troops: Complex Strategy Worked for Repainting Ft. Lewis Water Tank

by Susan Drozdz, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, with contributions from Mike Hasbrook, Washington Industrial Coatings

In this photo essay, the authors depict the maintenance painting of a 200,000-gallon ...

On safe surface prep for offshore platforms

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...

Maintenance Tips: Passive fire protection application with plural-component gear

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...

New Product Spotlight

Trowel-Applied Mortar Systems for Floors: Tips for Specifiers and Installers

by Casey Ball, The Sherwin-Williams Company

2 Metals, 1 Failure

by Rick Huntley

A major mess reveals a dirty little secret.

Making History

by John Leeke

Painting old and historic buildings raises special issues. Here are some key consider...

New Product Spotlight

The Case of the Shop Job: Coated Equipment Sent North but Coating Performance Went South

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

Regulations and Coatings Work: Key Developments over 25 Years

by Alison B. Kaelin, CQA, KTA-Tator Inc., and Karen A. Kapsanis, JPCL

Regulations on protecting workers and the environment (including the public) have dri...

Rescuing an iconic symbol of the WWII home front

by Burt Olhiser, Vantage Point Consulting

Restoration team muster its expertise, energy to rehabiliate and adapt significant ex...

Spotlight on coatings removal / surface preparation

Special advertising gallery of methods, materials reflecting the inexorable progressi...

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...

2009 Equipment Buying Guide - Surface Preparation

Department of defense: Protecting wood exteriors

by Jayson L. Helsel, P.E., KTA-Tator Inc.

Successful strategies are built on attention to substrate condition, selection of coa...

Gray? No way!

by Joe Maty, Editor, JAC

A varied palette of color and design options creates a host of choices for the concre...

An Overview of Preparing Concrete for Coatings: What to Ask, What to Do, and Where to Find Help

by Fred Goodwin, Fellow Scientist, BASF Construction Chemicals

Key questions to ask about the surface preparation of concrete are covered in this ar...

Coating concrete: double-check your specs

by Kevin Morris, Market Development Director, Water and Wastewater, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Editor's Note: This article is a condensed version of a paper the author presented at...

Product News

Resource Guide to Green Surface Preparation

Making the call on the concrete wall

by Deborah Slaton and Paul Gaudette, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Key issues in the use of coatings and sealers for concrete walls include a number of ...

The war against water

by Allen Zielnik, Atlas Material Testing Technology, LLC

An array of water-repellent and waterproofing measures are enlisted in the never-endi...

A firm foundation, part 2

by Charles H. Holl, Dayton Superior Corp.

Important preparation and test-method procedures are reviewed in the second part of t...

Maximizing roof-coating performance in the emerging era of the cool roof

by Jim Leonard, ERSystems Inc.

Surface preparation, chemistry, and attention to application guidelines hold the key ...

Solutions that stick

by Jayson L. Helsel, P.E.

With stucco, chemistry, attention to surface preparation hold key to formulating effe...

Concrete Protection and Decoration - A firm foundation

by Charles H. Holl, Technical Specialist, Dayton Superior Corp.

The author provides a practical overview of the more commmonly used cleaning, surface...

Paint Removal: Having a blast, gently

by Joe Maty, JAC Editor

Paint removal with composite sponge media lends power, precision to restoration progr...

Peeling Away the Years: Taking on the job of getting old coatings off

by Deborah Slaton, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Because properly selected and applied coating systems deliver a long service life, co...

Some hard truths on concrete coatings and coverings

by Jayson L. Helsel, PE., KTA-Tator, Inc.

A horizontal concrete surface may convey the appearance of a relatively monolithic, s...

What works with wood

by Jayson L. Helsel, P.E.

Condition of substrate, preparation, and choice of finishes loom large

Sealers and coatings for masonry and concrete: The essentials

by Deborah Slaton, James D. Connolly, and Leonard L. Phelps

This article examines reasons for sealing or coating (or not coating) exterior masonr...

The cold, hard truth on concrete sealers and coatings

by Jayson Helsel

Sealing or coating concrete and masonry surfaces can significantly extend their usefu...

Surface Preparation Products

Surface Preparation Products Directory

The Spec- Blueprint for success

by Jayson Helsel

Tips on specification writing for coating materials, surface preparation and paint ap...

Coating selection, surface preparation hold key to successful painting of galvanized steel

by Jayson Helsel

Successfully painting galvanized steel can present a challenge. First, one must diffe...


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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.

Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.

Abrasives Inc.
Check our Prices for Blast Abrasives

Faced with higher abrasive costs? We invite you to call & check our rates on Black Magic® coal slag and other quality blast materials. Abrasives Inc. 800-584-7524

Industrial Vacuum Equipment Corp.
Hurricane Vacuums
& Dust Collectors

Vacuum and dust collector hose, filters and related accessories.

SABRE Autonomous Solutions
Safety, Productivity, Quality. Robotic Blasting

Learn how this simple to use, field deployed, automatic robot is eliminating hazards in major confined, cluttered and complex surface preparation projects.

Atlantic Design, Inc.

what we did to this machine! Let ADI upgrade your machine, extending the life, efficiency, and value. Any make. Like new, but better! 866.Call.ADI

Novatek Corporation
Dustless Coatings Removal

Strip it, clean it, and profile it,
all dust free! High production
rates and Blast like finishes.
Comply with new lead

CS Unitec
Peening Preparation Tools

CS Unitec’s hand-held scarifiers are an ideal alternative to small-area shot blasting for cleaning and preparing concrete & metal surfaces.


The Next Generation
of Blasting

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