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 Lee Wilson

Lee Wilson

Lee Wilson, CEng, FICorr, is a NACE Level 3-certified CIP Instructor, NACE Corrosion Specialist, NACE Protective Coating Specialist and Senior Corrosion Technologist, as well as an ICorr Level 3 Painting Inspector and Level 2 Insulation Inspector. The author of the best-selling Paint Inspector’s Field Guide, Lee was named one of JPCL Top Thinkers: The Clive Hare Honors in 2012. Contact Lee.


Controlling Corrosion on Offshore Turbines with Coatings, Part 2
By Lee Wilson

There are a number of different turbine types and structural configurations and designs, and these all have an impact on the protective coating system applied.... READ MORE

POSTED APRIL 19, 2018 | 22 COMMENTS

Controlling Corrosion on Offshore Turbines with Coatings
By Lee Wilson

Corrosion is a major risk for offshore wind foundations: Its effects could mean costly offshore retrofit work, result in the loss of generation and expose operatives to additional health and safety ri... READ MORE

POSTED APRIL 11, 2018 | 13 COMMENTS

Are We Learning from Our Mistakes?
By Lee Wilson

Health and safety in the corrosion-control industry has always been a major priority for me. I have personally represented some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, working on corrosion contr... READ MORE

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2018 | 9 COMMENTS

Coating Condition Surveys: An Overview, Part 2
By Lee Wilson

A great deal of the coating condition survey is visual in nature, and for this reason, various standards exist for evaluating the extent of corrosion and coating failure.... READ MORE

POSTED AUGUST 29, 2017 | 4 COMMENTS

Coating Condition Surveys: An Overview, Part 1
By Lee Wilson

I have always expressed my concerns in regard to the health and safety of offshore workers due to oil and gas leaks as well as structural failure caused by corrosion.... READ MORE

POSTED AUGUST 23, 2017 | 6 COMMENTS

Wet, Dry, Other: A Surface Prep Primer
By Lee Wilson

There is a vast rage of surface preparation methods widely used within the industry today for pre-treatment of ferrous-based materials.... READ MORE

POSTED JULY 19, 2017 | 16 COMMENTS

Dusting Off an Old Standard
By Lee Wilson

Coatings generally fail in direct proportion to their lack of adhesion. It’s rather simple, really, as the stronger the bond between a coating system and a substrate, the longer the coating will conti... READ MORE

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 | 7 COMMENTS

A Chilly Surface Prep Method Gains Steam
By Lee Wilson

What is stopping dry ice blasting from becoming a more prevalent method of surface preparation?... READ MORE

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 | 17 COMMENTS

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 choosing ISO 8501-1 without stating the SSPC/NACE standards as equivalents?... READ MORE

POSTED FEBRUARY 1, 2017 | 2 COMMENTS

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 ISO standard, and why does it matter?... READ MORE

POSTED JANUARY 25, 2017 | 1 COMMENT

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? And what really makes a good standard?... READ MORE

POSTED JANUARY 18, 2017 | 7 COMMENTS

The Development of Protective Pipeline Coatings, Part 2
By Lee Wilson

The 1980s really did see the birth of the three-layer systems comprised of a polyolefin (polyethylene or polypropylene) topcoat, a copolymer adhesive intermediate layer, and a fusion-bonded epoxy prim... READ MORE

POSTED JULY 27, 2016 | 6 COMMENTS

The Development of Protective Pipeline Coatings, Part 1
By Lee Wilson

This is the first in a two-part series chronicling the history of protective pipeline coatings, from the earliest coatings in ancient times to the most cutting-edge current technology. ... READ MORE

POSTED JULY 20, 2016 | 6 COMMENTS

Asset Integrity and Fabric Maintenance
By Lee Wilson

Asset integrity can be defined as the ability of an asset to perform its required function effectively and efficiently while protecting health, safety and the environment. ... READ MORE

POSTED JANUARY 20, 2016 | 3 COMMENTS

Deep Dive into Subsea Coatings
By Lee Wilson

I was approached recently by a fellow coating inspector who had applied for a position with a leading oil company as a SURF coating inspector [Subsea production equipment such as Umbilicals, Risers an... READ MORE

POSTED NOVEMBER 4, 2015 | 6 COMMENTS

No Room for Painters
By Lee Wilson

Way back in June 2011, I wrote an article that was published in a European coatings journal (PCE). In it I expressed my concerns about the health and safety of offshore workers due to oil and gas leak... READ MORE

POSTED SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 | 10 COMMENTS

All About Adhesion
By Lee Wilson

As I have stated time and time again, if a protective coating does not stick to the substrate it is intended to protect, then it is of little use as a method of corrosion control. You see, my colleagu... READ MORE

POSTED AUGUST 7, 2015 | 4 COMMENTS

When Bad Specs Happen to Good Projects
By Lee Wilson

As we are well aware, many factors can and do cause premature coating failure. The usual suspects, it is widely accepted, are inadequate surface preparation and coating application.... READ MORE

POSTED MARCH 19, 2015 | 11 COMMENTS

Game of Pros: Experience v. Credentials
By Lee Wilson

Inspectors and others in the protective-coatings field often ask me which is “better”—practical experience or third-party certification? My answer: Yes.... READ MORE

POSTED JANUARY 2, 2015 | 10 COMMENTS

Where It All Went So Wrong
By Lee Wilson

I recently returned from inspecting a high-profile gas plant being developed by a major engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company for a big oil and gas concern.... READ MORE

POSTED DECEMBER 9, 2014 | 6 COMMENTS

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