Office to Field: Lost in Translation

From JPCL, August 2018

By Troy Fraebel, ABKaelin, LLC


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Tagged categories: Alison Kaelin; Certifications and standards; Coating inspection; Paint application; Regulations; SSPC; Surface preparation; Surface Preparation; Troy Fraebel

Comment from gavin bowman, (9/24/2018, 3:47 AM)

Great article Troy and a nice trip down 'Memory Lane.' Must dash, I'm off to watch some paint dry........well hopefully!

Comment from Erik Andreassen, (9/24/2018, 9:04 PM)

Maybe if the USA banned sand as a blasting media, it could contribute to bridge coating systems protecting for longer periods.Thankfully someone has pointed out that this teminology should never be written into a specification. A company fell into that trap when, as Western regional manager in Saudi Arabia we turned up at site with 4 x 10 cubic mters of sand for blasting of exterior tankage. They were very quick to point out that it cannot be used. It should be grit. I in turn stated that it was written in their specification as "Sandblasting" I have complied with their request. We revised the costing and changed to grit, rather than face a mobilisation and demobilisation cost.Mistakes in writting specifications by people who have little knowledge can cause huge problems.Seek advice if you are unsure.

Comment from Erik Andreassen, (9/24/2018, 9:07 PM)

Check your advertising additives in Paintsquare, they too are still specifying additives to "Sandblasting" Time to change this for the health of all concerned with our trade. I can see the layers lining up for the claims of poor health.due too this method still in use.

Comment from trevor neale, (9/25/2018, 4:22 PM)

Good job Troy, My recollections go back to the land of my birth , the UK where many years ago folks working with lead based paint were entitled to a pint of milk a day with the belief that it reduced the absorption of any solubilized lead into the blood stream. On the subject of surface preparation I have tried to avoid the use of both the words blast and using the term grit compressed air, centrifugal wheel or water .I found that blasting is misunderstood to imply the use of Dynamite by folks not associated with our industry and sand was a very loose description that implied the it came from the beach which on occasion, I know it was when no one was paying attention ! I have now been watching paint dry for 50+ years and it still is a fascinating occupation and yet still not sure where and when the word sandblasting was introduced into our vocabulary.

Comment from Francisco Giaquinto, (9/26/2018, 8:13 AM)

Spectacular article. Historical account of the evolution of industrial painting in all aspects. Congratulations

Comment from Troy Fraebel, (9/26/2018, 9:31 AM)

Thanks to all for the comments and support!

Comment from Patrick C Sweeney, (9/27/2018, 9:57 AM)

Terrific article Troy.

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