Committee to Discuss Concrete Prep Standard


Next month, the Association for Materials Protection and Performance standards committee for surface preparation will meet to discuss SSPC-SP 13/NACE No. 6, “Surface Preparation of Concrete.” The committee is scheduled to meet on Sunday, March 6 from 1-5 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in Room 212 during AMPP’s Annual Conference + Expo.

SSPC-SP 13/NACE No. 6, “Surface Preparation of Concrete,” was originally published in 1997, reaffirmed in 2003 and then every five years until it was updated in 2018. Currently, there is debate in the industry as to whether the document should be considered more of a guide than a standard.

In a recent article published in the January issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings, committee Chair Bill Jenkins of International Paint LLC/AkzoNobel outlines both sides of the discussion and offers a potential compromise ahead of the meeting in March. 

“Since the latest version was published in 2018, many people in the industry have considered it more of a guide than an actual standard, but is that really fair to the document? Is it possible that this is a perception based on hearsay or preconceived notions and not on the actual content of the currently published document?” wrote Jenkins.

“Let’s first consider that The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) says a standard must define the requirements and recommendations for the selection, design, installation or operation of a system or material and must provide detailed descriptions of requirements for quality of the product or process that can be incorporated into a procurement document. SSPC-SP 13/NACE No. 6 does exactly that!”

On the opposing side, Jenkins wrote that some feel it should be a guide rather than a standard since the specifier is required to make a number of choices to implement it.

“This is an important topic, as concrete substrates exist and require protection in nearly every market segment. It is imperative that that the needs of the industry are properly addressed as new standards are developed through AMPP,” wrote Jenkins.

“The committee for surface preparation of concrete will meet during the AMPP conference the week of March 7 in San Antonio, and we would like to hear from you. Please share any thoughts you might have on this important subject.”

Any comments or feedback regarding the standard can be sent to Jenkins at

Next month’s event will be the first annual conference AMPP is hosting under its new name. Held in San Antonio, March 6-10, the conference merges SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings’ Coatings+ and NACE International’s CORROSION conference, following the formation of the association in 2021.

AMPP Annual Conference + Expo 2022 is expected to host over 1,000 hours of technical education, 300,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 350 companies displaying their latest in corrosion control and protective coatings.


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