Standard Announced Ahead of SSPC 2016


Performance requirements for elastomeric, water-based, high-build coatings used to protect exterior masonry and concrete commercial structures are the focus of a new technical standard by SSPC: The Society of Protective Coatings.

News of the new commercial standard comes a month before SSPC hosts its annual conference and exhibition Jan. 18-21, 2016, in San Antonio.

SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT is billed as the only event dedicated exclusively to protective, marine, industrial and commercial coatings. The commercial coatings specific program details appear below; a full program is available on the show’s website.

New Commercial Standard

The new standard, SSPC-Paint 46, Elastomeric, Water Based, High Build, Flat, Performance-Based Coating for Masonry and Concrete, is designed to establish laboratory performance requirements for these coatings.

Coating manufacturers and specifiers may use the standard as a set of performance benchmarks, SSPC said.

The standard was developed by Committee C.8.2 Commercial Coating Materials, which is chaired by Steven Reinstadtler of Covestro LLC.

"The new standard represents the input and engagement from dozens of industry professionals from multiple points in the value chain, such as coatings formulators, contractors, specifiers, testing firms, and consultants," Reinstadtler told D+D News.

Coatings Covered

Coatings that meet the requirements of the new standard may be applied on above-ground exterior masonry or concrete substrates, such as concrete masonry unit block walls; precast or poured-in-place concrete masonry; concrete tilt-up construction; stucco; and fiber cement siding.

The performance levels are based on results of laboratory testing for material weathering and chemical resistance properties, as well as laboratory evaluation for physical properties such as tensile elongation and water vapor permeance.

SSPC 2016 Commercial Lineup

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, a series entitled “Commercial Painting Programs—Challenges, Solutions and Opportunities” will be presented.

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SSPC hosts its annual conference and exhibition Jan. 18-21, 2016, in San Antonio.

That series, divided into three parts, features the following technical presentations.


  • Case Study: Decorative Yet Functional Floor Coatings at the Energy Innovation Center; presented by Steven Reinstadtler, Covestro
  • Beating the Odds for Successful Flooring Installations; presented by Fred Goodwin, BASF Construction Chemicals
  • Using Lead Abatement Contractors for Surface Preparation on Commercial Properties—The Consequences of Sacrificing Quality for Safety; presented by Raymond S. Tombaugh, KTA-Tator Inc.


  • Case Study: Setting Up a Commercial Coatings Inspection Program; presented by Davis Kyle, Master Painters Institute; and Richard Bright, Bright Concepts Inc.
  • Commercial Building Cleaning, Painting and QC Requirements—Differences Between “High Performance” and “Conventional” Commercial Coatings; presented by Jeff Theo and Doug Pigue, Vulcan Painters.


  • Case Study: Coatings Failure or Building Failure; presented by Kevin Brown and Ken Trimber, KTA-Tator Inc.
  • Are You Ready to Pursue Today’s Greatest Market Opportunity in the Coatings Industry? Millions of Square Feet of Commercial Walls Need Air Barriers. What Do You Need to Know to be a Part of this Emerging Market?; presented by Kevin Knight, Edifice Tutorial and David de Sola, 3iVE
  • Traffic Bearing Coating Systems in the Parking Structure Market, presented by Lawrence W. Mosby IV, NEOGARD Construction Coatings.

Additionally, a two-hour workshop entitled Waterborne Coatings for Commercial Architecture will be instructed by Dr. Leo Procopio and Laura Vielhauer, of The Dow Chemical Company, on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Committees to Meet

Moreover, a number of committee meetings focused on commercial coatings topics will also take place during the convention. They are:

  • C.8.1 Commercial Cleaning and Painting;              
  • C.8.2 Commercial Coating Materials;                   
  • C.8.3 Commercial Flooring;                                     
  • C.8 4 Commercial Air Barrier Coatings; and                  
  • C.8.5 Commercial Contractor Qualification.

Training programs of interest to the commercial coatings professional include Using SSPC PA 2 Effectively and Developing an Effective Coating Specification, organizers say.

More information and to register:


Tagged categories: Certifications and standards; Concrete coatings and treatments; Concrete masonry units (CMU); Conferences; Elastomeric coatings; Good Technical Practice; Masonry coatings; North America; Performance testing; SSPC; SSPC 2016; Tilt-up concrete

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