Product Spotlight:
The Protective Coating User's Handbook, Third Edition


A NACE International best-selling title, The Protective Coating User’s Handbook explains protective coatings to any skill level — from seasoned expert to beginner. A reference manual for professionals who select and use protective coatings in either new construction or maintenance, the book speaks to the everyday demands addressed by engineers, painters, sales executives and contractors involved with protective coatings. 

The pioneering science and discoveries made in the coatings profession are covered using layman's terms so the information can be understood and applied by users of all skill, education and experience levels.

“Every attempt has been made to use everyday English rather than complex chemical terms,” says author Louis Vincent. “The book is intended to be a practical presentation of the basics of corrosion prevention through the use of protective coatings.”

Vincent’s five-decade-long protective coatings career has included work in manufacturing, sales, technical service and failure analysis. A NACE past president, he has also held executive positions with several international coatings manufacturers. 

The author’s research into 84 failure cases provides extensive information about the causes of coating failures — from blister failures to solvent entrapment and discontinuities in coating films. The book also contains historical data and case studies from research involving coating and lining failures, materials selection and application methods for protective coatings. 

The Protective Coating User’s Handbook offers an overview of the basic activities in typical industrial and commercial painting projects. Insight from leading research as well as clearly written instruction will help users:

  • Learn the common failure modes as well as ways to avoid failure;
  • Understand the different uses and applications of organic coatings, inorganic coatings, thermal sprayed coatings and galvanizing; 
  • Develop knowledge about the suitability of various tank and containment linings;
  • Conduct condition surveys, identifying the existing protective coating system and determining the state of the substrate; 
  • Write good coating specifications that are appropriate for the project site and environment;
  • Recognize the importance of surface preparation;
  • Become familiar with inspection instruments, practices and test methods;
  • Produce a cost analysis based on data that includes current material costs, current field and shop painting costs and the service life for each coating application.

The Protective Coating User’s Handbook is available in paperback or as a downloadable e-book. Order today from nace.org/store.

*Claims or positions expressed by sponsoring authors do not necessarily reflect the views of TPC, PaintSquare or its editors. The content here is an update to an article that ran on PaintSquare.com in September 2017.