Daily Quiz (1052)


True or false: Axalta Coating Systems purchased the Valspar Corporation's North American Wood Coatings business for $420 million.


True or false: The term "encaustic" describes a faux finish made to look like marble.


True or false: A sacrificial pigment is likely to be used as a midcoat.


What organization has pictorial standards and other means of evaluating the degree of coating defects, such as blistering, rusting, cracking, flaking and chalking?


On what subject does SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings offer a standard issued jointly with the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials and National Steel Bridge Alliance?


True or false: Laws in several states now hold general contractors accountable for their subcontractors’ unpaid wages to employees.


True or false: The American Institute of Architects recently supported a proposed Executive Order mandating classical architecture for federal properties.


True or false: The name of the test instrument used to determine a coating’s resistance to fading through accelerated exposure to light is Light-Resistance Chamber.


True or false: All of SSPC’s visual reference guides and photos contain photos of steel after cleaning.


What type of pigments possess colorant value and hiding power?


True or false: Marmorino is recommended for humid environments such as bathrooms.


True or false: The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory developed an alternative to epoxy non-skid/non-slip deck coatings based on siloxane technology.


What is the name of the surface engineering network in Canada that is looking into antiviral metallic and ceramic coatings as a way to slow the transmission of COVID-19?


True or false: SSPC-AB 3 is meant to be used as a standard for both newly manufactured abrasive media and recycled media.


What color system or standard relies on instrumental measurement?


True or false: According to the AIA, a sustainability consultant can be an architect or a non-architect.


True or false: Statistical data from a recent study suggest that greater precision of DFT measurements can be obtained using the scanning method over the traditional SSPC-PA 2 method.


True or false: The recoat interval of a two-component coating is influenced by the ambient temperature.


Choose the failure term defined by an authority as the “formation of blisters of solvent vapor in wet coating surfaces that break but do not level because of too great a viscosity."


The most stringent performance standard for organic coatings on architectural aluminum requires how many years of successful performance on panels exposed at a South Florida test site?


True or false: Commercial Grade Power Tool Cleaning allows some staining on the surface; Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal does not allow stains.


How many courses does SSPC offer to train applicators to apply high and 100% solids coatings?


True or false: Fugitive emissions, according to SSPC, are overspray particles from paint spraying operations.


True or false: 25 micrometers is the minimum surface profile required to meet SSPC’s specification, Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal.


What company won a global startup challenge dealing with innovations in the paint industry?


Which of the following SSPC blast cleaning standards is equivalent to the ISO 8501-1 standard, Sa2, Thorough Blast Cleaning?


True or false: SSPC certifies only industrial and commercial painting contractors and shops.


What organization publishes a guide specifically for measuring moisture content in concrete and masonry walls?


True or false: Fluoropolymer coatings on aluminum extrusions, meeting the most rigorous AAMA performance standard (AAMA 2605), are typically applied at less than 2 mils.


True or false: On two heavily corroded, 350-foot transmission towers cleaned to SSPC-SP 2 and SP 3, a coating system consisting of one full coat of 100-percent-volume-solids epoxy penetrating sealer, followed by one full coat of silicone alkyd enamel has been used, according to a recently published case history.


True or false: Levels 1 and 2 of drywall finish allow tool marks and ridges.


What acronym represents the organization that deals with color and color measurement?


True or false: In the NACE-SSPC merger voting, if you are a member of both SSPC and NACE, you will receive two ballots and are asked to vote in both.


In March, 2020, the American Concrete Institute announced an expanded partnership with what other association?


What organization used a contact stylus profilometer to create a standard?


True or false: The American Concrete Institute offers certifications in what area?


True or false: Failure analysis is not included in the SSPC definition of coating work.


True or false: SSPC published a surface preparation standard, now discontinued, describing laser cleaning of steel.


True or false: Chief among byproduct abrasives used for blast cleaning are agricultural products.


In mid-2019 the US Green Building Council issued a report that listed the top ten states having the most LEED-certified residential structures. What state headed that list?


True or false: The American Concrete Institute provides education and certification for concrete slab moisture testing technicians.


Many coating manufacturers recommend what maximum relative humidity within a concrete slab before their flooring products are applied, according to a D+D article?


True or False: Testing standards for measuring dry film thickness of coatings (SSPC, IMO, ISO, and AS) are remarkably similar in their requirements for sampling and the number of measurements that have to be taken.


What organization publishes the “Standard for Shop Application of Complex Protective Coating Systems”?


True or false: SSPC recently developed an architectural painting specification manual.


True or false: Sa2, Thorough Blast Cleaning, is the ISO blast standard that most closely resembles SSPC-SP 6, Commercial blast.


What organization published a new standard in 2019 that aims to improve the reliability and sustainability of iron water pipes that provide clean drinking water?


SSPC has a Qualification Procedure on installation of tank linings in the field.


True or false: In North America, SSPC is not the sole publisher of hand- and power-tool cleaning standards.


True or false: In the mid-1990s, SSPC held the first industrial painters competition.


True or false: According to an SSPC news release, the merger of SSPC and NACE, if consummated, will result in an organization that can lobby Congress and government agencies.


True or false: ASHRAE developed a standard practice for building enclosure commissioning.


True or false: Paint and coating manufacturing is one of the targeted industries in OSHA’s revised National Emphasis Program for respirable crystalline silica.


A “titania” coating is being developed with support from a Federal grant for what application?


What organization offers the credential, Certified Building Enclosure Commissioning Provider?


How many joint SSPC/NACE standards are there?


True or false: In SSPC’s standard for visual evaluation of pinholes in coatings over concrete, a magnifying glass is required for the assessment.


Which of the following associations does not fit with the other three?


True or false: Some paint brands claim 100% transparency in their labeling, according to a PaintSquare publication.


Who has been chairman of ASTM Committee D1, Chair of the SSPC Surface Preparation Committee and president of SSPC?


Which of the following is not a naturally occurring abrasive?


True or false: SSPC and ASTM have not worked cooperatively on dry coating thickness standards.


In addition to SSPC, what other organization has standards for measuring surface profile of blast-cleaned steel?


What are the levels of cleanliness of SSPC’s new abrasive blast cleaning standards for concrete substrates?


A lamellar pigment, such as mica, to which combinations of white and colored pigments have been chemically attached to the surface, is called what?


True or false: SSPC-SP 5, "White Metal Blast Cleaning," allows 5% of the blast-cleaned surface to have stains of old paint, rust or mill scale.


What was the acronym for SSPC’s early research program on environmentally friendly coatings?


What is the name of the association that recently formed to advance the interests of commercial painting contractors?


What organization publishes the technical manual Standard Practice for the Testing and Inspection of Intumescent Fire-Resistive Materials?


What is the correct order of SSPC’s power tool cleaning standards in terms of rigor, going from least to most rigorous?


SSPC atmospheric exposure zone 3E, “Chemical atmospheric exposure, severe,” includes all but which of the following components?


True or false: The Heat Island Group is a unit of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


What organization will award a $2,500 cash prize and a sculpture prize for the best paper at its conference in 2020?


True or false: SSPC was recently awarded a five-year GSA contract for training programs.


What organization has a standard for the evaluation of degradation of coatings, including designation of quantity and size of defects and of intensity of uniform changes in appearance?


What organization describes itself as providing “the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings," while also detailing that it "recognizes and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment"?


True or false: SSPC has a performance standard for elastomeric coatings on masonry and concrete.


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is a unit of what larger organization?


What organization offers an certification program for aerospace coating applicators?


What organization created a standard for measuring concrete surface profile with replica putty?


True or false: The projected date of voting by the memberships on the merger of SSPC and NACE is April 1, 2021.


What was the original name of the organization now named the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants?


True or false: The Construction Specifications Institute offers a standard that gives durability grades of low, medium and high for paint systems in various environments and levels of surface preparation.


Which of the following is not cited in an ASTM standard as a cause of change in the solar reflectance of a new building envelope surface?


What JPCL contributor is a fellow of ASTM, ICRI and ACI, as well as a recipient of JPCL’s Clive Hare Honors?


True or false: SSPC’s wet abrasive blast cleaning standards describe three levels of flash rust following wet blast cleaning.


What organization is advising SSPC and NACE during merger talks?


True or false: The US Green Building Council partners with AIA and CSI to develop and publish the consensus-based United States National CAD Standard.


True or false: At the DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference this year, one presentation dealt with the use of dry ice for cleaning topside and non-skid ship coatings.


True or false: The Healthy Product Declaration Collaborative has three categories of members: users, manufacturers and ecosystem.


True or false: In addition to the current effort, SSPC and NACE last had extended discussions about a merger in 1985-86.


True or false: SSPC has a recently developed guide to selecting concrete floor coatings.


What organization certifies long-term guarantees on tank linings and other protective coating work?


Which of the following organizations has standards for selecting and using concrete repair materials?


True or false: OSHA has stated that where the definition of a Construction Industry versus a General Industry confined space is unclear, compliance with the Construction Industry confined space standard will also be considered to be compliance with the General Industry confined space standard.


True or false: SSPC’s Fundamentals of Protective Coatings e-course is available in Mandarin Chinese.


True or false: $12 billion in infrastructure work needed by U.S. National Parks is currently under deferred maintenance.


True or false: CCAS stands for Corrosion Control Application Specialist, an SSPC training program.


What organization produces the Trade Best Practices Series about the painting industry?


True or false: A special visual standard and guide has been developed to support SSPC-SP 17, Thorough Abrasive Blast Cleaning of Non-Ferrous Metals.


True or false: SSPC has one PCCP/QP standard that is jointly issued with NACE.


True or false: Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently published results of a study about how cool roofs can mitigate the effect of urban heat waves.


True or false: Neutral colors such as beige on classroom walls benefits student performance the most, according to a PaintSquare writer.


In its degree of cleaning, SSPC-SP 14 sits between what other two SSPC blast cleaning standards?


True or false: The Architectural Spray Coaters Association has a specification for coatings applied to architectural aluminum.


True or false: SSPC-SP 11, which requires a one-mil profile, is titled “Commercial Grade Power Tool Cleaning.”


What organization recently changed its name to the World Coatings Council?


True or false: SSPC Coatings+ is expected to attract 1,500 coatings professionals in Long Beach, California, in February 2020.


What coating specialist wrote a critique on PaintSquare of the ISO standard for assessing acceptable levels of dust on surfaces prepared for painting?


Who was chairman of the task group that created the Painting Contractor Certification Program?


True or false: The NFPA has a standard measuring the functional durability of spray-applied, fire-resistive coatings.


True or false: The joint SSPC/NACE concrete surface preparation standard has not been revised since its issuance in 2003.


SSPC and AISC jointly publish a standard on what subject?


True or false: AAMA has a specification for polymeric materials used to provide a rainscreen function.


True or false: A three-year research study found that foul-release coatings were the most effective at combating macro-fouling organisms like zebra and quagga mussels.


True of false: The steel used in the overhead canopy of the Banc of California Stadium for major league soccer was coated with a zinc/epoxy/polyurethane system in the shop to achieve speed and efficiency.


What organization developed test methods that can be used to determine the various stages and rates of drying, curing and film formation of organic coatings?


True or false: The ISO surface preparation standard Sa 3 resembles SSPC-SP 5/NACE No. 1.


True or false: The American Architectural Manufacturers Association is merging with the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance.


What organization has a chemical review status tracker?


True or false: The SSPC/NACE joint standard on surface preparation of concrete does not apply to masonry walls.


What was the top state for LEED certification in 2018, according to the U.S. Green Building Council?


True or false: The U.S. Green Building Council created the Energy Star program.


True or false: Of the four primary standards for measuring surface profile on blast-cleaned steel, two of them also address profile generated by power tools.


What organization has a council that deals with architectural coatings?


True or false: Not all the SSPC surface preparation standards are issued jointly with NACE.


In what country did a university develop a polymer coating said to be so versatile it can be compared to the iconic Swiss army knife?


True or false: The Aluminum Association publishes a specification for anodized architectural aluminum.


When was the first national organization to represent the paint industry established?


From what organization can you purchase "Research Report 912: Guidelines for Detection and Remediation of Soluble Salt Contamination Prior to Coating Steel Highway Structures"?


What organization provides a method of identifying defects and failures of coatings, including a system to establish the degree of surface degradation to help determine proper surface preparation, level of priming and appropriate paint system?


True or false: SSPC has a performance standard for coating systems used on offshore structures.


True or false: SSPC has certified professional blasters, painters and inspectors.


True or false: SSPC’s CCI certification of concrete coating inspectors applies to protective but not architectural coatings.


What organization has a performance standard for liquid-applied flashing used around exterior wall openings?


Aside from newsletters, NACE has how many print publications?


True or false: In ASTM’s standard definition of protective coating work, inspection is included as one of the operations required to accomplish a complete coating job.


True or false: John D. Keane was the first executive director of SSPC.


What organization originally produced what is now called SSPC-VIS 1, “Guide and Reference Photographs for Steel Surfaces Prepared by Dry Abrasive Blast Cleaning"?


True or false: Industry experts universally agree that sweep blasting is the best remedy for exceeding the coating manufacturer’s maximum recommended interval for topcoating a primer or intermediate coat.


What organization is forming a committee to create a performance-based standard for fluoropolymer coatings?


True or false: The Norsok M 501 standard on protective coatings was created by the Norwegian shipping industry.


How many types of urethane coatings are there, according to an industry association?


True or false: NACE and SSPC publish a joint standard on qualifying and certifying architectural coating applicators.


True or False: AAMA Subcommittee D01.42 deals with standards for architectural coatings.


What organization publishes the document, “Standard Terminology for Paint, Related Coatings, Materials and Applications"?


True or false: The qualifications of commercial painting contractors can be certified by SSPC.


What is one thing Lloyd Smith, Bernie Appleman and Bob Kogler have in common?


The United States Department of Energy recently announced $33.5 million to fund grants for advanced research with the goal of increasing the overall energy efficiency of buildings by what percentage?


SSPC’s Contractor Certification program was modeled in part on the certification program of what other organization?


True or false: Bernard Appleman was the first recipient of SSPC’s John D. Keane Award.


True or false: In New York City’s new green roof bill, all new residential and commercial buildings must have either vegetation, solar panels, small wind turbines or a combination of these to comply.


Which of the following persons has been Director of Research at SSPC?


Early test findings from a research study have demonstrated improved mechanical properties of concrete after nano platelets of what vegetables have been added.


True or false: The joint SSPC/NACE standard on surface preparation of concrete lists numerous surface preparation methods together with the surface profile range achievable with each method.


What organization defines the gloss levels of paint as G1 through G7?


Where is the international commission on illumination located?


What organization held the technical conference Greencoat China in October 2018?


What organization offers the professional certification called Building Analyst?


True or false: SSPC and NACE issue joint standards on abrasive blast cleaning, water and wet blast cleaning, cleaning of concrete and power tool cleaning.


What major coating event will be held this month in Atlantic City?


What cities have enacted green roof mandates?


What organization asserts that it is “dedicated to the establishment of quality, performance and sustainable coatings standards"?


What organization publishes the guidance document, "Soluble Salt Testing Frequency and Locations on New Steel Surfaces"?


True or false: PDA has the Polymeric Floor Coatings Advisory Committee.


What organization will kick-off its 2019 annual conference with the training course, Surface Preparation for Concrete and Steel?


What is the name of the organizations in many major cities around the country, with the aim of advancing the technology of constructing the building enclosure or envelope?


What trade association says it consists of “a wide cross section of stakeholders in the building enclosure industry”?


True or false: SSPC has a procedure to test the performance of immersion linings.


True or false: SSPC, ISO and Australian dry film thickness testing standards are remarkably similar to one another.


True or false: A White Metal Blast (SSPC-SP 5) allows no rust, no mill scale, no old paint and 5 percent stains to remain on a steel surface after cleaning.


True or false: ACI has a specification for pigments used to create integrally colored concrete.


MPI 500 Series standards are designed especially to serve what organization?


True or false: The U.S. Green Building Council offers LEED recertification for all LEED-certified projects.


True or false: SSPC has a procedure to test the performance of immersion linings.


True or false: SSPC’s Coating Application Specialist Standard is issued jointly with the American Coatings Association.


What organization has Training Validation and Product Validation programs?


True or false: One of SSPC’s standards for hand-tool cleaning of steel before painting requires a surface profile.


True or false: A large public school system wanting to paint its buildings could specify SSPC-QP 8 in order to acquire an SSPC-certified contractor for the work.


True or false: SSPC has approved five new chapters in Latin America since 2017.


True or false: ICRI has recently published a Concrete Coating Texture Standard.


True or false: SSPC Technical Proceedings papers from SSPC conferences, 2010 through 2019, are available at sspc.org.


True or false: The US Green Building Council awards a certification for conforming with the requirements in the Green Guide for Health Care.


Tuesday: True or false: SSPC-SP 18 is often specified for the surface preparation of newly galvanized steel.


True or false: The official name of the color continuously used on the Golden Gate Bridge is Golden Harvest.


What state was number one for LEED certification in 2018, according to the US Green Building Council?


What organization offers a “streamlined process for pre-approving prefabricated modular classroom models that meet a criteria rating system for healthy, high-performance schools"?


True or false: The Heat Island Group is part of the U.S. Green Building Council.


True or false: One paint consultant advocates for the use of a hammer to check for compliance with SSPC-SP 6 after the paint has been applied.


True or false: One course being offered at SSPC 2019 Coatings+ is Project Management for the Industrial Painting Contractor.


True or false: The Department of Transportation awarded funds to an engineering company in Hawaii to develop a corrosion-resistant, non-toxic coating for retrofitting the interiors of potable water pipelines.


SSPC has a procedure to certify that contractors can successfully install floor coatings on what type of substrate?


True or false: A main session of the technical program at SSPC 2019 is “Coating Types.”


What organization recently published a standard on the texture of coatings applied to concrete substrates?


What is the basis for the U.S. Green Building Council’s planned new building certification, LEED Positive?


True or false: SSPC has a qualification and certification program for independent specification writers.


True or false: The U.S. and Russia have conducted joint research on cost-effective air barrier systems.


True or false: One NACE CORROSION Conference was held in Buffalo, New York.


True or false: One color specialist has stated that “LEDs could replace paint as the future of color in architecture.”


True or false: The International Commission on Aesthetics deals with color and color measurement.


True or false: PDCA created a standard definition of “coating work.”


What organization acquired the Master Painters Institute?


True or false: SSPC has a holiday detection standard.


True or false: Dry film thickness measurement standards used around the world are quite similar to one another.


True or false: The SSPC standard for hand-tool cleaning of steel before painting does not requires a surface profile.


SSPC-SP 10, Near White Metal Blast Cleaning, allows stains of rust, stains of mill scale, or stains from previous coatings to remain on what percent of a blast-cleaned surface?


True or false: In North America, there are three hand- and power-tool cleaning standards.


True or false: SSPC publishes a standard procedure for describing the size and density of the blisters so that comparisons of severity can be made.


In addition to having a standard on determining the degree of rusting, ASTM also has what other standard for conducting condition surveys?


True or false: The ISO blast cleaning standard Sa3, Blast Cleaning to Visually Clean Steel, is equivalent to SSPC-SP 6, Commercial Blast.


What was the topic of a coating conference held in Antwerp, Belgium, in June this year?


True or false: SSPC’s specification for the application of thermal spray coatings is issued jointly with NACE and the Zinc Institute.


What organization has two standards for measuring surface profile?


True or false: ASTM is the sole representative of the United States to the International Organization for Standardization.


True or false: An anti-mosquito paint has been approved by the EPA.


True or false: SSPC has a committee on salt contamination measurement.


What organization publishes The Applicator?


True or false: ANSI/NSF 61 addresses the health effects of coatings for potable water tanks but not coatings performance issues.


True or false: The American Coatings Association was called the National Paint and Coatings Association before it acquired its current name.


What organization published a white paper to help all architects understand the need for materials transparency?


True or false: Lyndon Johnson signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, establishing OSHA.


What government agency mandated in May this year that solar panels be installed on most new homes?


True or false: The SSPC Visual Standard photos in SSPC-VIS 6 show steel cleaned by UHP water jetting.


What organization describes itself as “an international association of building envelope consultants”?


Which of the following types of qualification procedures is not offered by SSPC?


True or false: NACE publishes a standard that gives durability grades of low, medium and high for paint systems in various environments and levels of surface preparation.


How many power tool cleaning standards do SPPC and NACE publish jointly?


True or false: Preservationists always prefer penetrating sealers over coatings on masonry substrates in work to preserve historic structures.


True or false: The EIFS Industry Member Association (EIMA) collaborated with the National Institute of Building Science to study how EIFS performs in terms of energy and moisture.


True or false: The Federal Highway Administration maintains a database describing the results of performance testing of bridge coatings.


True or false: In a ruling earlier this year, the California Supreme Court agreed to review the lead-liability judgment against a paint company, a gas company and a raw material supplier.


True or false: SSPC publishes a standard procedure for describing the size and density of the blisters so that comparisons of severity can be made.


True or false: The surface preparation standards for the most thorough level of blast cleaning are SSPC-SP 5, NACE No. 3 and ISO Sa 1.


True or false: OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard, adopted in 2016, reduces the permissible exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air as an eight-hour time-weighted average.


True or false: California has set a policy goal that all homes constructed in 2040 or after must be energy-neutral.


True or false: The EPA recently refused to follow a court order to revise its dust-lead standards.


Researchers in Australia recently published a paper on advances in robotic abrasive blast cleaning. What was the main subject of the paper?


What organization in the list shown offers a certification for shop painting of bridge and highway steel?


True or false: SSPC’s written surface preparation standards describing degrees of cleaning of steel take precedence over the photographs of cleaned steel shown in SSPC-VIS 1.


True or false: SSPC has a test method for determining the size of abrasives.


True or false: ASTM has a standard for polysiloxane topcoats for use over spray polyurethane foam roofing.


What organization provides visual profile standards for concrete?


True or false: A higher percentage of women than of men perceive color correctly.


True or false: If a school system wanted to require an SSPC-certified contractor for a maintenance painting job, it would specify certification according to SSPC-QP 1.


What organization provides research grants to fund projects that will advance the future of architectural design and practice?


True or false: The AIA maintains coating standards for architectural aluminum extrusions and panels.


True or false: NIOSH created the PM10 standard.


True or false: Only abrasive blast-cleaning standards from SSPC require a surface profile on steel.


True or false: In SSPC’s organizational structure, APAC is an advisory council set up to lobby Congress.


What organization’s members “specialize in design, investigation, repair and management of roofing, exterior wall and waterproofing systems”?


True or false: SSPC-VIS 1, Guide and Reference Photographs for Steel Surfaces Prepared by Dry Abrasive Blast Cleaning, was derived from the visual standards of the Institute of Corrosion in the UK.


True or false: In determining the type and color of original finishes on historical structures, sophisticated techniques of chemical analysis are not effective.


What organization recently announced formation of the Corrosion Consortia to foster research on corrosion control?


SSPC classifies non-metallic abrasive into three kinds, two of which are mineral and slag and other by-products. What is the third class?


What organization has a specification for pigments used to create integrally colored concrete?


True or false: In its recently revised SSPC-PA 7, Applying Thin Film Coatings to Concrete, “thin film” is defined as being 10 mils thick or less.


Which of the following is not the subject of an SSPC Qualification Procedure for application contractors?


True or false: SSPC has a chapter in France.


What organization acquired the Master Painters Institute?


True or false: SSPC power tool cleaning standards are issued jointly with NACE International.


What organization recently issued a publication that offers guidance on where and how frequently to test for salts on steel that is either previously uncoated or was shop-coated and requires further coating in the field?


In addition to China, Japan and the Philippines, in what other Asia-Pacific country does SSPC have a chapter?


What is the name of the European conference on building envelope technology being held this year in October, with 800 registrants expected from 40 countries?


What is the subject of an SSPC/NACE standard that describes a “body of knowledge?”


True or false: SSPC-SP 10 is the abrasive blast cleaning standard requiring the most rigorous degree of cleaning of steel.


True or false: ASTM publishes performance standards for coatings over aluminum extrusions and panels.


True or false: President Lyndon Johnson signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, establishing OSHA.


What organization is developing a pinhole standard for concrete and masonry coatings?


True or false: The US Green Building Council developed SmartSite, a leading construction site performance tool.


What organization published the Architectural Painting Specification Manual?


Which of the following is an organization for paint chemists in the U.K.?


What organization developed an icing research tunnel to evaluate the ice-resistance of coatings?


What organization published guidelines for selecting materials to assure the sustainability of transit terminals?


True or false: There are significant differences between the AISC and SSPC certification standards for shop application of protective systems.


True or false: Standards for surface preparation of steel require solvent cleaning only after abrasive blasting.


True or false: NACE and SSPC were started in the same year.


The Building Enclosure Science & Technology conference will be presented this year by what organization?


True or false: A large school system that wanted to utilize certified painting contractors would invoke SSPC-QP 1 in its specifications.


What organization will offer a two-day, hands-on WUFI software workshop in May this year?


True or false: The SSPC standard for ferrous metal abrasive is intended to be used for both new and recycled abrasive.


True or false: SSPC has a guide for determining the moisture content of concrete and masonry walls and ceilings.


An SSPC protective coating specialist should be familiar with what topic area?


What organization partnered with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create an energy savings calculator?


What award winner at the recent SSPC conference in New Orleans on Jan. 15 said, “SSPC is my competitive advantage?"


True or false: The various cure mechanisms described in the ASTM classification of urethane coatings include moisture cure, heat cure, chemical cure, solvent evaporation and oxidative cure.


True or false: SSPC has a Qualification Procedure on installation of tank linings in the field.


What organization does not produce standards for the surface preparation of concrete?


True or false: Modified salt spray testing is described in an ASTM standard.


The ASTM standard for moisture mitigation systems on concrete slabs for use under resilient flooring requires what level of permeance?


True or false: The SSPC CAS Interim Written Exam is now available in Spanish and Greek.


True or false: According to a D+D article, a green coating specification should include a requirement for durability.


True or false: ISO offers a standard that gives durability grades of low, medium and high for paint systems in various environments and levels of surface preparation.


What British organization recently launched a green building assessment system in the US?


What organization deals with color and color measurement?


True or false: A pencil hardness test is sometimes recommended to evaluate the cure of a coating.


What is the name of the organization that focuses on color and design trends?


True or false: ASTM D3359, “Standard Test Method for Measuring Adhesion by Tape Test,” measures the shear adhesion of a coating.


True or false: In judging the conformance of abrasive blast cleaning of steel with SSPC standards, such as SSPC-SP 10, the photos in SSPC-VIS 1 depicting levels of cleanliness take precedence over the written descriptions of required levels of cleanliness.


What organization offers training and certification as a thermal spray coatings inspector?


What organization offers the credential of Registered Building Envelope Consultant?


True or false: OSHA’s Construction Industry Fall Protection Standard is invoked when a worker operates at a height of 10 feet or greater.


True or false: Efflorescence at the surface of masonry wall is not readily removable with water.


According to ASTM, what is the function of a fire-retardant coating?


In the revised SSPC standard on applying thin film coatings to concrete, how are thin films defined?


What organizations participated with SSPC in a joint task force that addressed corrosion control planning?


The first SSPC Conference and Exhibition was held in what city?


How do you list these SSPC blast cleaning standards in order of the degree of rigor, from most to least rigorous?


ICRI and what other organization certify moisture-testing inspectors?


True or false: The minimum surface profile required to meet SSPC’s specification, "Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal," is 1.5 mils.


True or false: Level 6 gypsum board finish requires a thin skim coat of joint compound (or a material manufactured especially for this purpose) over the entire surface of the board.


SSPC recently created a specification for application of thermal spray coatings together with AASHTO and what other organization?


True or false: NACE International has a performance standard for coatings on concrete in waste treatment facilities.


True or false: SSPC-AB 3 is meant to be used as a standard for both newly manufactured abrasive media and recycled media.


What demographic category constitutes nearly half of SSPC’s individual members?


True or false: SSPC has a procedure to certify that contractors can successfully install floor coatings.


True or false: NFPA 33, the Standard for Spray Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials, does not provide ventilation guidelines for containment structures used on bridges during painting operations.


Which of the following organizations provides information about good practice in the selection and use of sealants in expansion joints?


What organization offers a standard that gives durability grades of low, medium and high for paint systems in various environments and levels of surface preparation?


What organization says it “is charged with encouraging optimum energy use of buildings through a better understanding of how overall, complex building components interact with each other and with the environment.”


True or false: ISO has pictorial standards and other means of evaluating the degree of coating defects, such as blistering, rusting, cracking, flaking and chalking.


True or false: SSPC has a guide for determining moisture content of EIFS and stucco, among other substrate types.


What is the subject of an SSPC/NACE standard that describes a “body of knowledge"?


What name is given to the faux painting effect created by using glazes and brushes to create a look like textured fabric?


True or false: Both SSPC and ICRI offer training in moisture testing of concrete slabs.


True or false: The ASTM solvent rub test to determine cure of inorganic zinc-rich coatings allows both MEK and toluene to be used as the solvent.


The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is an agency of what U.S. cabinet department?


True or false: The results of the solvent rub test for cure of ethyl silicate inorganic zinc-rich coatings, ASTM D4752, can be ambiguous, according to JPCL writers.


What organization worked with the Roof Coating Manufacturers Association to create a Product Category Rule for roof coatings?


The Toxic Substances Control Act, enacted in 1976, was updated in what year?


True or false: According to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association in speaking about its performance specification for liquid-applied flashing, heat exposure is perhaps the most meaningful test in the specification.


True or false: SSPC has a committee for developing a classification scheme and standard for texture of floor coatings.


Which process aims to depict a building at a particular time in its history by preserving materials from the period of significance and removing materials from other periods?


What organization recently formed a Task Group on the use of rust converters?


True or false: Suppliers of manufactured stone veneer are represented by the National Concrete Masonry Association.


True or false: A mandrel is used to test the crack resistance of coatings.


True or false: The Cool Roof Rating Council is recognized by the EPA to certify roofing products for the ENERGY STAR program.


What is the name of the evolving field of practice and research that can measure current environmental conditions and enable buildings to adapt their form, shape, color or character and respond accordingly?


True or false: SSPC’s new Industrial Coating Safety Management Training course is an advanced level course.


True or false: In one test method, pencils are used to determine the hardness of coatings.


True or false: There is a standard for coating wastewater facilities similar to the one for water tanks, American Water Works Association D102, Coating Steel Water-Storage Tanks.


True or false: Visual standard photos are an integral part of ISO hand- and power-tool cleaning standards, and the written standards recommend that use of the visual standards be made mandatory in the project specification.


Who is the organizer of the Concrete Décor Show, expected to attract 3,000 participants at Palm Harbor, Florida, on Nov. 6-10?


True or false: SSPC has a Paint Application standard for applying intumescent coatings to steel.


True or false: According to recent Department of Energy calculations, 40 percent of all energy used in the United States is consumed by buildings.


True or false: The American Water Works Association tests for health effects and certifies coatings for use in contact with potable water.


Which of the following answers organizes four SSPC abrasive blasting standards from least to most rigorous?


True or false: SSPC publishes four standards for waterjetting and four standards for wet abrasive blasting.


True or false: In ASTM’s standard on test methods for field measurement of surface profile, the use of a comparator is described.


In how many countries, not including the U.S., does SSPC have chapters?


True or false: ASTM has a specification for silicone coatings used over spray polyurethane foam roofing.


True or false: According to ASTM, a pinhole in a coating extends entirely through the applied film.


True or false: The Sealant, Waterproofing & Restoration Institute has approximately 500 individual members.


SSPC has one PCCP/QP standard that is jointly issued with what other organization?


Consisting of casein, clay, earth pigments and lime, this material is used mostly by decorative painters to create a flat, coarse finish on antiques and historic substrates.


What organization has standards for silicone and moisture cure polyurethane coatings to be used over spray polyurethane foam roofing?


True or false: Photographic standards from the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) can be used to judge the degree of surface profile on concrete.


True or false: Tack-free and dry-to-touch times after coating application are not the same.


True or false: SSPC does not have a standard for hand-tool cleaning of steel that requires a surface profile.


True or false: ASTM has one test method to determine the pull-off adhesion of coatings for both steel and concrete substrates.


True or false: There are industry standard categories distinguishing among sealers, stain blockers and primers.


What organization defines 6 types of urethane coatings?


What association in the U.S. now deals with the science and technology of formulating and making paint?


True or false: The Shipbuilding Group in the U.S. is comprised of the Shipbuilders Council of America and the Naval Research Laboratory.


True or false: A California survey conducted by an energy provider found that 80 percent of homeowners preferred having both natural gas and electricity rather than an all-electric home.


According to ASTM, what is the function of a fire-retardant coating?


A contact stylus profilometer was used to create what standard?


True or false: The anhydrous calcium chloride test can measure the level of salt contamination on concrete substrates.


True or false: The Building Research Establishment in Australia has developed an environmental assessment method with the acronym STREAM for buildings and new communities.


SSPC issued a new performance specification last month for what paint type?


True or false: According to a recent D+D In Depth article, there are no standards for durable color performance of field-applied coatings with bright colors, such as Safety Red.


When specifying epoxies for green concrete, what attributes are important?


How do SSPC wet abrasive blasting standards determine the degree of flash rusting after wet abrasive blasting?


True or false: A recent decision by a state supreme court has established that companies are not liable if members of an employee’s household are sickened by secondhand asbestos exposure.


“Simply put, we aim to decipher the fundamental mechanisms that cause corrosion so that we can combat it more effectively in the future.” So said a researcher at the University of Manchester about a new project partially funded by what oil company?


True or false: Non-woven abrasive pads are a form of coated abrasive.


OSHA has developed how many sets of regulations on abrasive blasting?


In what French city is there a college focused on education and training in the creation of murals?


Which of the following is not the subject of an SSPC Qualification Procedure (QP)?


In a live poll conducted at the Plenary Session of the recent European Coatings Show, what future coatings technology area was cited as the most significant?


True or false: Australia has a painting contractor certification program similar to the one overseen by the SSPC in the U.S.


Which of the following organizations has standards for selecting and using concrete repair materials?


True or false: A European coating supplier has bristle blasting standards that are said to be equivalent to power tool cleaning standards.


True or false: Use of replica putty, as described in an ASTM standard, provides only a visual assessment of surface profile on concrete.


What recent acquisition gives the NACE International Institute the capability to conduct training, certification and standards development in the area of commercial coatings?


What two ASTM committees will hold a “Symposium on Building Science and the Physics of Building Enclosure Performance” in 2018?


What organization publishes standards for the treatment of historic properties?


In its degree of cleaning, SSPC-SP 14 sits between what other two SSPC blast cleaning standards?


True or false: SSPC has a surface preparation standard for flame cleaning of new steel.


True or false: Gunnar Ackx from SCICON Worldwide will complete his term as SSPC president at the end of 2017.


The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed what single-component coating type to replace silicone alkyds used on ships’ topsides to achieve significant performance upgrades?


In what SSPC standard can you find requirements for frequency and location of instrument readings and evaluation criteria to ensure that the surface profile over the entire prepared surface complies with project requirements are included?


The Concrete Polishing Association of America is now part of what other organization?


True or false: Among SSPC power tool cleaning standards, only SSPC-SP 11, Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal, requires a surface profile.


True or false: Conformance with specified requirements for cleanliness of steel after surface preparation, as described in SSPC standards, is carried out without the aid of instruments.


What is the name of the painting technique that employs shades of grey to imitate sculpture?


How many regular member companies belong to the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association?


True or false: SSPC publishes its disciplinary actions against PCCP-certified contractors.


True or false: SSPC has a standard for hand-tool cleaning of steel before painting that requires a surface profile.


The International Maritime Organization developed the Performance Standard for Protective Coatings for Dedicated Seawater Ballast Tanks (PSPC) as an amendment to SOLAS.


In what country are these coatings and coatings-related associations headquartered: OCCA, BCF, PRA, ICORR?


True or false: ISO offers a standard that gives durability grades of low, medium, and high for paint systems in various environments and levels of surface preparation.


In what geographic regions has SSPC recently set up Advisory Councils?


A White Metal Blast, SSPC-SP 5, allows what to remain on the surface after blast cleaning?


True or false: In SSPC’s rust grade scale, a rust grade of 10 indicates that greater than 50 percent of the steel surface is rusted.


True or false: One performance criterion in AAMA 714-15 for liquid-applied flashing is tolerance to application over damp surfaces.


True or false: SSPC photos in Vis 1 showing degrees of cleaning of steel take precedence over the descriptions of required cleanliness in SSPC's written surface preparation standards.


True or false: MEK is specified for use in the ASTM solvent rub test for organic zinc-rich coatings.


True or false: The thin, pasty liquid used for adhering gold leaf and filling surface imperfections is called a starch coat.


True or false: According to a D+D article, “Polished concrete is gaining in popularity not only for its aesthetic potential, but also for its tolerance to moisture from within the concrete.”


True or false: SSPC has a performance standard for coatings on steel in waste treatment facilities.


True or false: Ryan Zinke is in charge of the cabinet department that sets standards for the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction of historic structures.


What organization sets the highest performance standard for coatings over aluminum extrusions and panels?


How many of SSPC's surface preparation standards describe the results of power tool cleaning of steel?


In what country is the central office of the international organization that deals with color and color measurement?


True or false: A contractor with no experience in industrial or marine painting projects can apply for contractor certification.


What is continuity testing of coatings?


True or false: During the whole time John Keane was executive director of SSPC, Tenny Hull was executive director of NACE.


True or false: SSPC has a quantitative method for measuring the surface profile of concrete.


True or false: In addition to issuance of joint standards on air abrasive blast cleaning, SSPC and NACE issue other kinds of joint surface preparations standards.


True or false: The Japan Ship Technology Research Technical Association produces standards on surface preparation of steel.


What is the subject of the latest joint publication of a standard by SSPC and NACE?


True or false: While there are certified industrial painting contractors, there are no certified commercial painting contractors.


Which organization is creating a standard to determine how far water repellents penetrate into concrete and masonry substrates?


True or false: CICP (Complex Inorganic Color Pigments) combines extremely durable colorfastness with IR-reflective capability but cannot produce vivid colors.


True or false: OSHA cannot propose monetary penalties against another federal agency for failure to comply with its standards.


In protective coatings work the word “embedment” refers to what, according to SSPC?


True or false: SSPC has more licensees outside the U.S. that offer SSPC training than inside the U.S.


SSPC is seeking nominations for a Board position in the category, “other product suppliers.” How is this supplier category defined?


What is the difference between vapor barriers and an air barriers in terms of their resistance requirements?


ISO/TC 35/SC 14 is in charge of a standard on what topic?


A new guide from SSPC published at the end of 2016 deals with what topic?


What organization bills itself as “an international association of building envelope consultants"?


True or False: The AAMA issues performance standards for topcoats over EIFS.


What is the acronym for Japanese surface preparation standards?


SSPC has what in common with FROSIO?


The composition of the SSPC Board of Governors includes all but which one of the categories below?


The standard ISO8501, the international standard for dry abrasive blasting, describes results of four degrees of blast cleaning, Sa 1, Sa 2, Sa 21/2 and Sa 3. What does the Sa stand for, according to a PaintSquare blog?


What do John Keane, Joe Bigos, and Bernie Appleman have in common?


Which of the following ISO 8501-1 standards is equivalent to SSPC-SP 6, Commercial Blast?


SSPC publishes visual standards for what cleaning method?


A recent D+D In Depth article on floor coatings recommended what action to combat high alkalinity at the surface of a concrete slab?


What organization is developing a guide for assessment of pinholes in coatings?


What is a commonly used umbrella term for these decorative techniques: marmorino, marmarella, gesso fiorentino, stucco veneziano, antico, stucco lustro and spatulata?


True or false: According to a Department of Energy report, air infiltration accounted for greater energy losses than any other component of the building envelope, including fenestration.


True or false: SSPC recently signed a partnership agreement with a publisher who will create the primary media communication channel for SSPC in the Asia-Pacific region.


What organization offers a professional registration as a roof coating consultant?


True or false: On all SSPC technical committees, no stakeholder category, such as coating suppliers, can have more than 33 percent representation.


True or false: An executive order issued in 2015 mandated a reduction in energy use of 2.5 percent per year for the next 10 years in federal buildings.


MPCAC and PLURAL have what in common?


True or false: A pretreatment primer is also sometimes called a wash primer.


Recommendations in SSPC-Guide 12 on lighting of industrial coating projects, formerly derived from the now defunct ANSI/IES, Practice for Industrial Lighting, have been replaced with recommendations from what state’s specification on bridge construction?


The so-called “Swedish Standards” preceded what notable SSPC publication?


True or false: SSPC has a performance standard for coatings on concrete in waste treatment facilities.


True or false: Wood restoration products based upon epoxy resins do not degrade upon exposure to UV light.


True or false: The photographic guides developed by SSPC to aid in the assessment of surface cleanliness were designed to be used with a hand-held magnifying glass when examining blast-cleaned steel and comparing it with the VIS-1 photos?


What faux technique uses mineral pigment or raw silk fiber for veining?


True or false: Aggregate exposure on a concrete floor designated as “cream” by the Concrete Polishing Association (CPAA) is defined as “fine aggregate exposure with little or no medium aggregate exposure at random locations.”


What is the abbreviation for the emission standard set by EPA to cover exposure to hazardous air pollutants in steel fabrication and paint shops, among other facilities?


What is the order of SSPC power-tool cleaning standards, from most to least rigorous?


True or false: Hand-tool and power-tool surface preparation standards in the U.S. are jointly issued by SSPC and NACE.


True or false: The conformance of blast-cleaned steel with surface preparation specifications, such as SSPC-SP 10, is assessed visually without the aid of instrumentation.


What organization is developing a decorative concrete flatwork certification program?


What organization offers a Concrete Coating Inspector program?


True or false: The Department of Energy’s 2014 Windows and Building Envelope Research and Development Roadmap for Emerging Technologies states that the cost of an air barrier system for a new building can be recovered in less than five years.


What organization publishes a joint standard with SSPC on shop application of coatings?


What country is the partner of the United States in the Clean Energy Research Center for Building Energy Efficiency?


True or false: An entire session of the SSPC 2017 Conference in Tampa is devoted to surface profile.


How many “National/International” green certifications for coatings are listed in a recent Durability + Design Magazine article?


What organization recently published Placing and Finishing Decorative Concrete Flatwork?


True or false: SSPC visual standards showing degrees of cleaning of steel take precedence over the descriptions of required cleanliness in SSPC's written surface preparation standards.


Which of the following statements about SSPC-SP 11, Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal, is correct?


What is the term for the decorative technique that fools the eye?


True or false: SSPC has a performance standard for polymeric materials used to protect the interiors of concrete potable water storage tanks.


True or false: Linseed oil built up in multiple coats on a wood floor is likely to be very glossy but not very slippery.


True or false: According to a recently published marketing study, the majority of architectural coatings is used on commercial and institutional buildings.


To meet the requirements of AAMA 2605, what generic coating type would you be most likely to specify?


What is the name of the test that provides a method of determining the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load-bearing wall assemblies/panels?


What is the name of the provision in OSHA standards that is used in inspections where there are no specific standards applicable to the particular hazard involved?


True or false: Aliphatic hydrocarbons are among the exposure types listed in SSPC Environmental Exposure Zone 3E, “Chemical Atmospheric Exposure, Severe.”


What organization is developing a standard tentatively titled “Laboratory Performance Requirements for Coatings for Concrete Masonry Units in Air Barrier Assemblies”?


True or false: The water vapor transmission of a coating is not a linear function of a coating’s film thickness.


What organization offers the training, “Exterior Envelope—Doing It Right”?


What organization produces rubber replica templates to judge the degree of surface profile on concrete?


What organization has a standard measuring the functional durability of spray-applied, fire-resistive coatings?


True or false: NACE and SSPC are the only organizations that certify coating inspectors.


True or false: Photographic standards are sometimes used to assess the degree of cracking of exterior coatings.


True or false: According to a recent JPCL article, the threshold values in ASTM standards for deeming concrete suitable to be coated are neither achievable nor realistic for below-grade structures.


True or false: The American Coatings Association issues the Green Mark Certification for environmentally friendly paints.


What organization has validated a Wall Coating Applicator Training Program?


True or false: No more than 30 percent of SSPC technical committee members may represent a single stakeholder interest category (e.g, contractors, coating manufacturers, consultants, equipment manufacturers).


What organization is focused on “telling the stories of architecture, engineering and design”?


True or False: ASTM D3359, “Standard Test Method for Measuring Adhesion by Tape Test,” measures the tensile adhesion of a coating.


How is profile measured in ASTM D4417?


What organization is developing the Guide for Detection of Moisture in Walls and Ceilings?


True or false: The Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) was created by ISO.


What name is sometimes given to a faux version of marble?


What organization claims to offer “the world's leading environmental assessment method to assess new, existing buildings and community scale development”?


True or false: Germany has a painting contractor certification program modeled after the one overseen by SSPC in the U.S.


With specific values required in several energy codes, reflectance is an important performance property of a cool roof coating. What is another?


What organization jointly publishes a QP (Qualification Procedure) standard with SSPC?


What organization produces standards for the surface preparation of concrete?


True or false: All of the SSPC mechanical surface preparation standards require solvent cleaning to SSPC-SP 1 prior to performing any additional cleaning required by the project specification.


What organization has a certification program for installing spray polyurethane foam on roofs?


True or false: SSPC is developing a quantitative coatings texture guide as an aid in specifying flooring systems that will improve traction on floors expected to be wet or covered with contaminants.


What association is focused on thick-film high performance elastomer technologies?


True or false: SSPC has a program to certify residential painting contractors.


True or false: SSPC certifies contractors that apply polymeric coatings and surfacings to concrete and other cementitious substrates.


True or false: SSPC-SP 10 is the most rigorous degree of cleaning steel by abrasive blasting.


What organization has an “Extreme Green” standard for architectural paints?


True or false: According to SSPC-SP 16, “Brush-Off Blast Cleaning of Coated and Uncoated Galvanized Steel, Stainless Steels, and Non-Ferrous Metals,” blast cleaning of architectural aluminum should be conducted at pressures lower than the pressure normally used to clean carbon steel (90 to 100 psi).


What organization offers a standard that gives durability grades of low, medium, and high for paint systems in various environments and levels of surface preparation?


What organization has the Polymeric Floor Coatings Advisory Committee?


True or False: The International Standards Organization published the International Green Construction Code in 2012.


True or false: MPI publishes performance standards for coatings over aluminum extrusions and panels.


True or false: A White Metal Blast, SSPC-SP 5, allows stains to remain on 5 percent of the surface after blast cleaning.


True or false: The painting of the interior surfaces of bolt holes in bolted connections of structural steel is required in SSPC guide specifications.


If a mural fools the eye, what is the name of the technique used to create it?


What association in the U.S. now deals with the science and technology of formulating and making paint?


In concrete polishing work, an appearance defined as a Level 4 sheen and a cream aggregate exposure is the most expensive to produce.


Dow Chemical Company recently won an award for what building enclosure innovation?


How many inspector programs and certificates does SSPC offer?


What was the name of the American Coatings Association before its merger with the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology?


Which process aims to depict a building at a particular time in its history by preserving materials from the period of significance and removing materials from other periods?


What is the content of the non-mandatory appendix of SSPC-SP 1, Solvent Cleaning, added during the 2015 revision of the standard?


True or false: Written descriptions of end conditions of steel after blast cleaning take precedence over visual photos in judging conformance with SSPC blast cleaning standards.


What organization will present the 2016 Symposium on Building Envelope Technology?


How many coating inspection companies are certified to SSPC-QP 5, Certification for Coating and Lining Inspection Companies?


According to the Coatings Encyclopedic Dictionary (originally published by the FSCT, now part of the American Coatings Association), "Venetian mosaic" is a synonym for what?


SSPC recently entered into an agreement with what organization to provide global applicator training?


True or false: SSPC-VIS 1, Visual Standards for Blast Cleaned Steel, was initially produced by the Institute of Corrosion in the U.K.


True or false: SSPC and NACE recently worked cooperatively to revise their standards on measuring dry film thickness of coatings.


SSPC’s new wet abrasive blast cleaning standards describe how many levels of flash rust following wet blast cleaning?


True or false: Rubber replica templates from the American Concrete Institute can be used to judge the degree of surface profile on concrete.


What is the association focused on the global thick film high performance elastomer industry?


The organizers of the American Coatings Show are the American Coatings Association and what other organization?


True or false: SSPC has a standard for brush-off blast cleaning of steel and a second one for concrete.


True or false: SSPC has an active chapter in Russia.


What organization is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Air Barrier Association of America to create an air barrier energy calculator?


What is the topic of the five new standards SSPC just released?


SSPC technical committees are organized under Interest Categories, including coating materials; surface preparation; application, inspection, and quality control; and coatings for cementitious substrates. Which Interest Category is missing from this list?


Synthetic dirt is used in accelerated laboratory testing of what type of coating material?


True or false: In the five joint SSPC/NACE Wet Abrasive Blast-Cleaning Standards completed in 2015, the definitions of cleanliness for the steel surface immediately following wet abrasive blast-cleaning are identical to the definitions in the five dry abrasive blast-cleaning standards.


True or false: SSPC has surface preparation standards for concrete that are equivalent to its abrasive blasting surface preparation standards for steel–SSPC-SP 5, SP 6, SP 7, and SP 10.


What organization is engaged in performance testing of bridge coatings for state highway departments?


True or false: The 2016 American Coatings Show will have two of its 16 conference sessions dedicated to architectural coatings technology.


SSPC technical committees must achieve a balance of interests among suppliers, end users and what other constituency?


What organization has a subdivision that deals with decorative concrete?


What organization offers a certification for persons who test the moisture content of concrete slabs?


The Graffiti Resource Council is an affiliate of what larger organization?


True or false: To be eligible for an SSPC college scholarship, an applicant must be an SSPC member or the son or daughter of an SSPC member.


True or false: Portland cement plaster is another name for stucco.


Which coating type is used on EIFS?


The presentation, “Adding Air Barrier and Thermal Improvements to Existing Facilities,” was given yesterday, March 14, 2016 at what event?


True or false: SSPC recently issued a performance-based acrylic coating standard for commercial masonry and concrete structures.


True or false: The AAMA has a performance specification for liquid-applied flashing materials.


True or false: SSPC’s Subcommittee on roof coatings is developing a guideline to assist specifiers in selecting suitable protective coatings for SPF roofing.


Five joint SSPC/NACE cleaning standards were created in 2015 on what subject?


What organization developed the blast cleaning standards in Japan?


True or false: SSPC’s Board of Directors has no provision for international representation on the Board.


The International Commission on Illumination deals with what subject?


The precursor of SSPC-VIS 1 was produced by what standards-writing body?


True or false: Composition wood used for ornamental finishes has been employed for hundreds of years.


What British paint company has evocative names for paint colors, such as Elephant’s Breath and Dead Salmon?


About how many companies are exhibiting at the World of Concrete this week?


True or False: Finishing of gypsum wallboard is covered by ASTM and AAMA standards.


True or false: SSPC surface preparation standard SSPC-SP 10 requires an end condition of blast-cleaned steel that is approximately twice as clean as the end condition of SSPC-SP 5.


True or false: AAMA 2605 is a specification and test method used to evaluate coil coatings on aluminum for impact resistance, chemical and corrosion resistance, adhesion and weatherability.


True or false: ASTM publishes performance standards for coatings applied over aluminum extrusions.


What is the name of a decorative plaster made from lime putty and crushed marble?


True or false: If a school system wanted to require an SSPC-certified contractor to paint a building, it would specify certification according to SSPC-OP 8.


True or false: ISO Sa2.5, describing very thorough abrasive blast cleaning, gives a less comprehensive written description of the end condition of the steel after blasting than does SSPC-SP 10/NACE No. 2, Near white metal, which requires a similar end condition.


The Roof Coating Manufacturers Association merged with what other organization in 2015?


What two organizations worked cooperatively in the last few years to revise their standards on measuring dry film thickness of coatings?


True or false: SSPC has published a performance-based standard for elastomeric paints on masonry and concrete.


True or false: SSPC visual standards showing degrees of cleaning of steel take precedence over the descriptions of required cleanliness in SSPC’s written surface preparation standards.


What organization issued a standard in 2012 for measuring the profile of concrete after surface preparation?


Which of the following organizations provides information about good practice in the selection and use of sealants in expansion joints?


What is the minimum surface profile required to meet SSPC’s specification, Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal?


Brad Bowman is noted for developments in what area of decorative finishing?


True or false: SSPC’s power-tool surface preparation standards are issued jointly with NACE International.


The Decorative Concrete Council is a unit of what larger association?


True or false: The scraping, abrading and brushing methods are typically used to retrieve soluble salts from a steel substrate.


What SSPC certification program deals with a broad range of topics with which the experienced coatings consultant, inspector, manager, specifier and project manager should be familiar?


True or false: SSPC’s CCI certification of concrete coating inspectors applies to architectural coatings as well as protective coatings.


What organization has published a 5th edition of a manual on test sieving methods?


True or false: Respirator types suitable for use in Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) atmospheres do not include a combination full-facepiece pressure-demand supplied-air respirator (SAR) with auxiliary self-contained air supply.


What organization requested that SSPC issue guidance addressing hazards in confined spaces as a result of the Xcel Energy Penstock fire in Georgetown, CO?


For what type of surface preparation of steel does SSPC publish reference photographs?


What coating-related development was awarded a top prize recently in an MIT material science design competition, according to a recent D+D News article?


The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was just recognized as the 2015 Outstanding Structure Award from what industry association?


Which SSPC Board member has a PhD in corrosion engineering?


What organization published a voluntary standard in 2015 on reactive coatings for fire protection of metallic substrates?


True or false: SSPC has a committee to qualify contractors to install polished concrete floors.


In its 65-year history, SSPC has had how many executive directors prior to the recent hiring of Bill Worms?


SSPC and what other organization offer a certification for shop application of coatings to structural steel?


SSPC-SP 5/NACE No. 1 is most closely aligned with what ISO surface preparation standard?


What organization recently published a technology update on fluoropolymer coatings?


What organization conducts a National Transportation Product Evaluation Program?


What is scagliola?


True or false: Five methods are available for determining the presence of moisture in concrete floor slabs, and all are addressed by ASTM standards.


True or false: According to an architect quoted in a recent D+D article, with architectural color, “the more permanent the element, the more neutral we are with color.”


True or false: Among concrete polishing technologies, there are now polishable dyes and toppings.


True or false: SSPC has a technical committee on fluoropolymer coatings.


True or false: The SWR Institute issues performance standards for coatings over aluminum extrusions and panels.


What organization tests and certifies coatings in contact with potable water?


True or false: The various dry film thickness testing standards used around the world are significantly different from one another.


True or false: SSPC Guide 15 describes methods to analyze soluble salt content on steel and concrete.


What is one thing that John Peart, Bob Kogler, and Bernie Appleman have in common?


What organization publishes an architectural painting specification manual?


True or false: SSPC’s environmental exposure zones are listed and described in Volume 1, Good Painting Practice, of the Steel Structures Painting Manual.


What organization publishes a standard procedure for describing the size and density of the blisters so that comparisons of severity can be made?


True or false: According to the SSPC Protective Coating Glossary, a mist coat and a fog coat are synonymous.


True or false: In a recent JPCL article, the authors state that Belgian offshore wind farms being developed in the North Sea will generate energy equivalent to 2.5 nuclear power plants.


True or false: ISO Sa2.5, describing very thorough abrasive blast cleaning, gives a less comprehensive written description of the end condition of the steel after blasting than SSPC SP 10/NACE No. 2, Near white metal, which requires a similar end condition.


True or false: According to SSPC, wet blasting and water jetting are synonyms.


True or false: SSPC-Guide 15 on field methods for extracting and analyzing soluble salts on a surface before painting is applicable to concrete as well as to steel substrates.


True or false: SSPC-SP 16 is often specified as part of the surface preparation of new galvanized steel before overcoating.


What is the term for the decorative technique that employs glazes and brushes to create a look like woven linen?


In the list of actions below, which one precedes all the others in development of a maintenance painting program?


True or false: In North America, SSPC is the sole publisher of hand- and power-tool cleaning standards.


In what country is the organization that offers “the world's leading environmental assessment method for buildings and new communities,” which “sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de-facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance?"


True or false: NORSOK offers a standard that gives durability grades of low, medium, and high for paint systems in various environments and levels of surface preparation.


What do Knoop and Pfund have in common?


True or false: SSPC recently issued a standard on measuring slip resistance of flooring materials.


True or false: SSPC’s recently issued technology update on fluoropolymer finish coats deals with architectural as well as industrial applications.


True or false: Cement paint is supplied in dry powder form and sometimes incorporates pigments for decorative purposes, according to the Coatings Encyclopedic Dictionary.


The Commission Internationale d’Eclairage deals with what kinds of issues related to coatings?


True or false: There is currently no complete industry-wide performance standard for bridge deck waterproofing work in North America.


True or false: According to a recent D+D article, maintenance procedures and costs for polished concrete floors can be up to 70% lower than for other floor coverings.


True or false: AAMA 2605 requires 7 years of successful performance by organic coatings on aluminum substrates exposed outdoors at a South Florida test site.


True or false: “Faux,” the French word for certain decorative coating techniques, literally means “fools the eye.”


What ASTM committee focuses on coating work for the power industry?


SP 3 is a shorthand version of SSPC-SP 3, Power Tool Cleaning, but it can also refer to what research program important to the coatings industry?


Who serves as executive director of two associations that deal with building enclosure technology?


True or false: SSPC has a standard describing test methods for measuring surface profile.


True or false: Among solar shingle manufacturers, two leading companies are Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore.


This month SSPC’s Commercial Coatings Committee produced a guide on what subject?


True or false: According to a recent JPCL article, ISO’s Sa 2 “thorough” blast cleaning standard is equivalent to SSPC-SP 14, NACE No. 8 Industrial Blast Cleaning.


True or false: SSPC published a new technology update this month on polysiloxane coatings.


True or false: SSPC has a guide to maintenance painting of concrete structures.


What organization recently held its 24th annual painters’ competition?


True or false: While there are some quantitative requirements for levels of cleanliness in SSPC/NACE abrasive blasting standards (less than 5% stains allowed in Near-White blast cleaning), qualitative rather than quantitative assessments must be made to determine compliance with these requirements.


True or false: Australia has a painting contractor certification program similar to SSPC’s PCCP in the U.S.


True or false: SSPC Guide 15 details how to test for the presence of chlorides on concrete substrates.


True or false: Persons designated as Program Administrators of a company’s respiratory protection program must be trained and certified by OSHA.


What is the name of the Norwegian standards on coating and surface preparation?


What organization created a standard definition of “coating work”?


True or false: A fingerprint technique is a qualitative test to determine the cleanability of a coating.


What is the name of the provision in OSHA standards that is used in inspections where there are no specific standards applicable to the particular hazard involved?


True or false: With the ISO blast cleaning standards, the visual standards are an integral part of the written standard; that is, the reference to the applicable pictures is part of the written description.


True or false: Concrete repair materials can be created to match the appearance of the original concrete.


SSPC-SP 10 allows staining to remain on how much of each unit area of the steel surface being cleaned?


The International Maritime Organization developed the Performance Standard for Protective Coatings for Dedicated Seawater Ballast Tanks (PSPC) as an amendment to what regulation?


In addition to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, what other organization has a specification for coatings on architectural aluminum?


True or false: Four SSPC abrasive blasting standards, organized from most to least rigorous, are SP 10, SP 7, SP 6, and SP 5.


What AAMA specification for coatings over aluminum extrusions and panels requires 10 years of successful exposure at a South Florida test site?


What organization offers education and certification of EIFS mechanics, inspectors, and industry professionals?


True or false: Australia has a Painting Contractor Certification Program (PCCP).


What organization publishes performance standards for coatings on aluminum panels and extrusions?


What is the subject of the paint application guide recently amended and reissued by SSPC, together with AASHTO and the National Steel Bridge Alliance?


What agency created the PM-10 standard?


True or false: Methyl methacrylate resins are sometimes used to formulate floor coatings.


What organization offers a standard that gives durability grades of low, medium and high for paint systems in various environments and levels of surface preparation?


What artist is noted for his colorful glass sculptures?


What organization certifies the qualifications of painting contractors that apply architectural paints and coatings?


True or false: In addition to SSPC-PA 17, there are two ASTM standards on measuring surface profile of blast-cleaned steel.


True or false: In addition to gold, copper is sometimes used in thin leaf form for decorative purposes.


True or false: Minergie certification of building quality was developed in Canada.


Which of the following is not currently the subject of standards development by the SSPC Commercial Coatings Committee?


True or false: NFPA 33, Standard for Spray Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials, provides ventilation guidelines for containment structures used on bridges during painting operations.


A thin, pasty liquid used for adhering gold leaf and filling surface imperfections is called what?


When assessing the moisture content of wood with a suitable moisture meter, what level of moisture is generally considered to be the upper limit for successful painting?


True or false: SSPC has a blast cleaning standard for non-ferrous metals such as architectural aluminum.


What is the subject of SSPC-Vis 7?


True or false: SSPC has a program to train and certify inspectors of coatings on concrete.


What organization is holding the event “Delivering Near Zero Energy Buildings Conference” on Friday this week (November 14)?


Among the choices below, which one presented a paper at D+D 2014 and was elected mayor of a northern California city on Tuesday (Nov. 4)?


True or false: The ASTM standard for moisture mitigation systems on concrete slabs for use under resilient flooring requires that the coating system have a permeance of 6 perms or less.


What organization published a revised standard in 2012 on measuring dry film coating thickness that focuses on frequency of measurements and acceptablility of acquired results?


Which of the following is not the subject of an SSPC Qualification Procedure (QP)?


True or false: SSPC has a qualification procedure (QP) to assure the qualifications of installers of liquid-applied air barriers.


True or false: The Norsok M 501 standard on protective coatings was created by the Norwegian petroleum industry.


True or false: Acrylic binders are sometimes used in intumescent coatings for building interiors.


True or false: Concrete repair materials can be made to match the color of the original concrete.


What kind of plaster contains lime and marble dust?


SSPC’s specification for the application of thermal spray coatings is issued jointly with what other organization(s)?


What organization has a surface preparation standard for brush-off blast cleaning of non-ferrous metals?


True or false: SSPC-SP 10 is typically specified as the level of surface preparation for the application of an inorganic zinc-rich coating.


What is a main difference between SSPC’s Commercial Grade Power Tool Cleaning and Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal?


True or false: SSPC’s technology update on overcoating says that failure by delamination is a minor risk.


Which of the following statements about SSPC-SP 11, Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal, is correct?


How is talc normally classified as a pigment in coatings?


True or false: A coating system description in a specification may include surface preparation and quality control requirements.


True or false: SSPC is developing performance standards for architectural coating materials.


What organization published 310R-13, Guide to Decorative Concrete?


True or false: In the document "GA-214, Recommended Levels of Gypsum Board Finish," GA stands for “Gypsum Appearance.”


A coatings society and a health care act share the same abbreviation. What is it?


True or false: SSPC/NACE surface preparation specifications for masonry surfaces explicitly define acceptance criteria.


Who awards certification for conforming with the requirements in the Green Guide for Health Care?


True or false: Because dyes react chemically with concrete, they are not true to their color charts.


True or false: SSPC’s CAS (Coating Application Specialist) training and certification is based upon a joint SSPC/IUPAT standard.


Which one of the following organizations does not train and certify coating inspectors?


What organization published the Guide to Decorative Concrete in December 2013.


What is another name for Portland cement plaster?


The International Commission on Illumination deals with what subject?


What SSPC/NACE blast cleaning standard is equivalent to Sa 2, Thorough Blast Cleaning, in ISO 8501-1?


Which of the following statements about SSPC-SP 11, Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal, is true?


True or false: CEN produces European standards.


True or false: In versions of SSPC-PA 2 published before the 2012 version, the standard addressed the measurement of dry film thickness of coatings on both ferrous and non-ferrous metals.


SSPC and AISC jointly publish a standard on what subject?


How are acrylic polymer-based coatings used in the building envelopes of architectural structures?


True or false: The American Iron and Steel Institute publishes the “Standard for Shop Application of Complex Protective Coating Systems.”


True or false: The French city of Lyon has established the first college focused on education and training in the creation of murals.


True or false: Conformance with specified requirements for cleanliness of steel after surface preparation, as described in SSPC standards, is carried out without the aid of instruments.


In SSPC’s Coating System Guide 12.00, Guide to Zinc-Rich Coating Systems, what type of untopcoated zinc-rich system is recommended for alkaline exposure, pH 10-12?


True or False: New coating standards published by SSPC in 2013 are composition-based, not performance-based.


True or false: In a recent D+D article by Cynthia Challener, sustainability in coatings is now seen as low VOC (50 g/l or lower).


True or false: SSPC has a standard for a single-coat zinc-rich painting system.


True or false: Steel cleaned by abrasive blasting to a condition of SSPC-SP 5, White Metal Blast Cleaning, can look different from job to job.


True or false: No stains of rust, mill scale, or old coatings are allowed after abrasive blast cleaning to SSPC-SP 5.


Which of the following organizations does not certify the performance of coating materials?


True or false: SSPC has a paint application standard describing materials and preparation requirements for steel test panels used to evaluate coatings performance.


According to the Department of Energy, commercial buildings annually consume BTUs equivalent to the burning of how many million tonnes of coal?


Where is the National Building Museum?


What organization provides education and certification of concrete slab moisture testing technicians?


True or false: SSPC has a standard for hand-tool cleaning of steel before painting that requires a surface profile.


Where will you find the body of knowledge an applicator must master to become a certified industrial applicator?


SSPC and NACE have how many joint standards on waterjet cleaning of metals?


True or false: Scagliola is a faux version of marble.


In what SSPC publication do you find environmental zones listed and described?


Which of the following organizations trains and certifies coating inspectors?


What organization is creating a training and certification program for commercial painters?


Amine blush is common with what type of coatings?


What organization certifies coatings as acceptable for contact with potable water?


True or false: trompe l’oeil is a kind of Venetian plaster.


What country will be the focus of SSPC's first International Spotlight at the society's conference and expo this week?


True or false: Among SSPC's qualifications procedures used to certify industrial painting contractors is one that applies to contractors with less than 6 months of industrial painting experience.


True or False: SSPC and NACE jointly publish a standard on applicator training and certification for commercial painters.


True or false: SSPC-AB 1, Mineral and Slag Abrasives, includes manufactured, non-metallics such as silicon carbide.


What organization is developing a qualification and certification program for architectural coating applicators?


What is the subject of an SSPC/NACE standard that describes a “body of knowledge?”


True or false: Some of SSPC’s surface preparation standards are not published jointly with NACE.


How many sets of visual reference guides supplementing written surface preparation standards are published by SSPC?


True Or False: ASTM D 7091 and SSPC-PA 2 deal with measurement of dry film coating thickness on both ferrous and non-ferrous metals.


What SSPC standard covers cleaning of stainless steel?


True or false: Opaque stains have a more limited color range on concrete than acid stains.


True or false: Unlike their roles in entertainment and boxing, promoters in coatings induce, alter, or accelerate chemical reactions.


According to the Department of Energy, buildings are responsible for how much of the nation’s energy use?


For the first time, the American Institute of Architects has awarded its Gold Medal to a woman. She is:


True or false: SSPC has initiated development of performance standards for architectural coating materials.


True or False: There is an ISO performance standard for coating systems used on offshore structures.


Which government department publishes standards on restoration of historic properties?


True or False: The veneer plaster marmorino is sometimes recommended for humid environments such as bathrooms.


True or False: Like their counterparts for steel, there are four SSPC surface preparation standards describing the end condition of concrete after cleaning.


What organization publishes performance standards for coatings on aluminum extrusions and panels?


True or False: SSPC-SP 11, Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal, has no requirement for surface profile.


In addition to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), what other organization has a specification for coatings on architectural aluminum?


True or False: In judging the conformance of abrasive blast cleaning of steel with SSPC standards, such as SSPC-SP 10, the photos in SSPC-VIS 1 depicting levels of cleanliness take precedence over the written descriptions of required levels of cleanliness.


SSPC-VIS 1, now called Guide and Reference Photographs for Steel Surfaces Prepared by Dry Abrasive Blast Cleaning, was originally produced by what other standards organization?


Which of the following was not cited by SSPC as a reason for developing Paint 44, Coatings for Concrete Wastewater Structures?


How many specifications does the American Architectural Manufacturers’ Association provide for finishing aluminum extrusions and panels with organic coatings?


True or False: AAMA Subcommittee D01.42 deals with standards for architectural coatings.


Which of these abbreviations is least related to the roofing or roof coating industry?


The Architectural Painting Decision Tree, a web-based tool for selecting and specifying architectural coatings, was developed and launched in 2013 by MPI with the development help of what other organization?


SSPC/NACE standards for waterjet cleaning describe how many levels of cleanliness?


Twelve air barrier suppliers, Syracuse University, the Air Barrier Association of America and what other organization jointly worked on research to determine the energy performance of air barrier materials?


Quantum dots have been incorporated into spreadable paint for what purpose?


What organization focuses on stenciling and other decorative painting techniques?


What organization created and sells rubber replica templates for determining the surface profile of concrete?


True or False: Wire bristle tools were recently classified as impact power tools in SSPC power tool cleaning standards.


What is another name for Portland cement plaster?


True or False: Finishing of gypsum wallboard is covered by ASTM and AAMA standards.


LEED v4 makes its official debut at the Greenbuild Show in November. What was the previous version of LEED called?


What organization developed a standard practice for building enclosure commissioning?


Uncured concrete is often associated with what color?


True or False: SSPC has a standard on using plural-component spray equipment.


True or False: RPM International Inc. recently settled claims that it sold overpriced, defective roofing materials and services to the government.


Which of the following ISO 8501-1 standards is equivalent to SSPC-SP 6, Commercial blast?


Who was the first president of the American Institute of Architects?


Which coating manufacturer recently received Frost & Sullivan’s 2013 North American Protective and Marine Coatings Growth Excellence Leadership Award?


Which of the following cleaning standards is SSPC in the process of revising?


True or False: Maximum levels of soluble salts that can remain on a steel substrate after surface preparation are mandated in SSPC-Guide 15 and ISO 8502.


ISO standard 8502, in Parts 5, 6, 9, and 12, is similar in content to what SSPC Guide?


Surface roughness and peak count of abrasive-blasted steel are the subject of what SSPC standard?


What description fits Initial Condition D of steel before blasting?


True or False: SSPC’s membership rolls grew from 100 individual members at its founding in 1950 to its current 9,829 individual members (as of July 31, 2013).


True or false? Portland cement plaster is the main component of EIFS (exterior insulation and finishing systems).


What organization recently issued a performance standard for coatings on concrete in waste treatment facilities?


Two dozen members of what roof coating industry association lobbied Congress in July to promote their interests?


What are GreenSure and Green Promise paints?


True or False? The ISO has developed and is implementing a performance standard for coatings on cargo oil tankers.


Since its founding in 1950, how many executive directors has SSPC had?


What organization offers the Green Globes rating system for green building?


True or False? The Industrial Painting Committee (IPC) is a peer group of influential industrial and commercial painting contractors affiliated with the Painting & Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA).


Skanska, the global project development and construction group, quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week in response to what Chamber action?


The Labor Management Cooperation Initiative combines the resources of the IUPAT (International Union of Painters and Allied Trades) and what other trade association?


True or False? According to the SSPC’s Protective Coatings Glossary, “industrial finishes” and “industrial maintenance paint” are synonymous.


True or False? Anodizing of architectural aluminum is normally completed in a single-step process that produces both an oxide film and the desired color.


What organization developed the Guide for Planning Coatings Inspection?


Who will serve as SSPC President in 2015-16?


True or False? Colin Powell was one of the keynote speakers at the AIA convention last week.


True or False? Marmorino, a veneer decorative plaster, was recommended for humid environments such as bathrooms in an article on specifying decorative finishes.


What organization is the U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)?


In a marketing study, what attribute of decorative concrete did contractors rate as the most valuable?


If a university dormitory were being painted and an SSPC-certified contractor was required, what QP standard would be invoked?


What organization recently acquired the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo from the U.S. Green Building Council?


The Decorative Concrete Council is a unit of what larger association?


True or False: Dark colors can be used to meet Energy Star requirements for reflective roofs.


What U.S. organization has done preliminary research on developing a 100-year life coating?


Can you rank the world's top three paint and coating companies in the correct order by size?


True or False: America’s building sector accounts for a larger percentage of U.S. energy consumption than the transportation and industry sectors.


According to the Coatings Encyclopedic Dictionary (originally published by the FSCT, now part of the American Coatings Association), "Venetian mosaic" is a synonym for what?


Why would integral coloring of concrete during mixing be preferable to use of dyes and stains on polished concrete substrates?


What organization, in addition to SSPC, offers a certification for shop painting or bridge and highway steel?


How many levels of drywall finish are described in GA 214-10?


True or false: A large school system that wanted to utilize certified painting contractors would invoke SSPC-QP 1 in its specifications.


The Norwegian association FROSIO has what in common with NACE and SSPC?


True or false: The World Green Building Council has a network of national green building council members.


The standards-writing organization, ASTM International, had another name before 2001. What was it?


True or false: SSPC visual standards showing degrees of cleaning of steel take precedence over the descriptions of required cleanliness in SSPC’s written surface preparation standards.


True or false: All the SSPC surface preparation standards are issued jointly with NACE.


What organization offers training and certification in architectural coatings at the levels of technologist, specialist, and inspector?


What is the literal translation of the decorative painting term “trompe l’oeil?”


What is the subject of SSPC standard AB 4?


In the United States, there are 26 chapters of this organization, founded in 2004. What is its abbreviation?


In what SSPC document do you find environmental exposure zones classified and described?


Which of the following SSPC abrasive blast cleaning standards requires the most rigorous degree of cleaning of steel?


What is the name of the provision in OSHA standards that is used in inspections where there are no specific standards applicable to the particular hazard involved?


What decorative artisan was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects?


What organization will hold the 2013 Symposium on Building Envelope Technology in Minneapolis, MN?


Which of the following answers organizes SSPC abrasive blasting standards from least to most rigorous?


What is the alpha-numeric designation of the recently published SSPC standard describing recommended best practice in applying plural component polyureas and polyurethanes?


In concrete polishing, what is the term used to describe the point when the diamond tool has refined the surface to the degree to which it no longer cuts, or cuts very little, under its current weight and variables as defined by the Concrete Polishing Association of America (CPAA)?


True or false: Recently reported research has confirmed that men can distinguish subtle color differences better than women.


What organization merged with the National Paint and Coatings (NPCA) in 2009?


With what paint-related association has the Society of Gallows Birds been affiliated?


A thin, pasty liquid used for adhering gold leaf and filling surface imperfections is called what?


If a facility owner wanted to require an SSPC-certified contractor for painting a school building, he/she would specify certification according to what standard?


What is ICORR?


What do the HUE Awards recognize?


Which of the following statements about SSPC-SP 11, Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal, is correct?


Rooted in the dawn of the Automobile Age, DuPont Performance Coatings has a new name. What is it?


True or false: Opaque stains produce color on a concrete floor by reacting chemically with the concrete.


To achieve color and gloss retention at very high heat exposure (500-600 F), what type of resin base would be used to formulate a coating?


What association in the U.S. now deals with the science and technology of formulating and making paint?


What university organizes the annual Waterborne Symposium, a coatings industry technical conference?


What organization does not produce standards for the surface preparation of concrete?


True or false: An SSPC standard was recently published to provide a standard set of acceptance criteria to determine compliance with surface profile requirements in project specifications.


What organization has teamed up with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in a large research study to quantify the performance and cost-effectiveness of air barriers?


What organization has a standard for the surface preparation of concrete?


True or false: The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) has a performance standard for coatings on architectural aluminum.


What is the subject of the JSRA SPSS standard?


What is the alphanumeric designation of the SSPC Paint Application Standard for measuring the thickness of dry coatings on concrete?


RCI, Inc. is a professional association dealing with what technology?


In what year was the first SSPC conference and exhibition held?


In addition to gold, what other metal is applied as thin leaf for decorative purposes?


What is the subject of the most recently issued SSPC standard?


The Deutsches Institut für Normung produces what group of standards?


True or false: The ASTM standard test method for measuring pull-off adhesion of coatings on concrete is the same one used for measuring pull-off adhesion of coatings on steel.


What is the name of the association for high performance elastomeric technologies?


What company recently sold its performance coatings business?


True or false: In creating the best appearance on a concrete polished floor, it is more important to achieve a higher specular gloss value than it is to achieve a high distinctness of image value.


True or false: There is an SSPC power tool cleaning surface preparation standard describing a degree of cleanliness that falls between Power Tool Cleaning, SSPC-SP 3, and Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal, SSPC-SP 11.


Which of the following coating companies was not acquired by PPG in the last several years?


True or false: SSPC is developing standards for the selection and testing of commercial coating systems used on and in buildings.


In what country are NORSOK Standards created?


In its Technology Update on retrieving soluble salts from a steel substrate in the field, SSPC describes two methods. One is swabbing; what is the other?


What ASTM committee deals with performance of buildings as its main subject?


True or false: SSPC published a surface preparation standard, now discontinued, describing flame cleaning of steel.


True or false: A recently developed wallpaper is made from gold leaf applied to canvas backing.


What is the minimum surface profile required to meet SSPC’s specification, Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal?


Which of the following tasks is not being taken up by the SSPC Commercial Coatings Committee?


A new UK government crackdown on “wasteful extravagance in educational architecture” recommends all of these for future schools except:


Which organization has an “Extreme Green” standard, billed as “the toughest environmental paint standard in the world?”


SSPC’s Coating Application Specialist Standard, ACS-1, is issued jointly with what other organization?


True or false: Little or no maintenance is required on a polished concrete floor.


What country has a painting contractor certification program similar to the one overseen by the SSPC in the U.S.?


What term is used by the Concrete Polishing Association of America to describe the condition when a diamond tool has refined a concrete surface to the point when it no longer cuts the surface, or cuts very little?


What is another name for stucco?


What is the main subject of ISO 12944?


If you’re a contractor concerned with meeting the end condition appearance requirements for steel after blast cleaning, what precaution might you take?


Antico, marmarino, and spatulata, are examples of what type of decorative finish?


Where do you find the “body of knowledge” applicators must have in order to become certified industrial applicators?


True or false: An SSPC Committee is working on a standard for qualifying and certifying commercial coating applicators.


If you meet the requirements set out in an SSPC qualification procedure, what can you achieve?


Who was Executive Director of NACE International from 1952-1987?


True or false: Abrasive blasting is sometimes used to impart a texture to concrete surfaces.


The IMO’s Performance Standard for Protective Coatings for corrosion protection of cargo tanks in crude oil carriers requires that coatings applied to new tanks must have a useful life of how many years in good condition?


What organization publishes the Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties?


According to SSPC's Surface Preparation Commentary for Steel and Concrete Substrates (SSPC-SP COM), final dry blast cleaning should not be conducted when the steel surface is less than how many Fahrenheit degrees above the dew point?


What coatings organization is celebrating its 125th anniversary this month?


True or False: SSPC’s recent revisions to SSPC-SP 11 and SSPC-SP 15 changed the standards’ requirements for surface cleanliness and minimum surface profile.


True or False: Federal agencies must comply with the same health and safety standards as private-sector employers.


True or false: Studies by Texas A&M University on about 8 million square feet of campus building roofs show an energy savings payback in three to four years for SPF roofing systems.


What two organizations recently worked cooperatively to revise their standards on measuring dry film thickness of coatings?


Which person below conducts building envelope research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory?


The current president of SSPC works for what company?


What organization produces the main standard that provides minimum requirements for energy efficient designs for buildings except for low-rise residential buildings?


SSPC 2013 will be held January 14-17, 2013 in what city?


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory and what other organization are partners in a research study to quantify the energy-efficiency gains achieved with air barriers?


“Surface Preparation and Cleaning of Metals by Waterjetting Prior to Coating” is a newly revised standard by:


Which of the following statements about SSPC-SP 11, Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal, is true?


The photographic guides developed by SSPC to aid in the assessment of surface cleanliness were designed to be used with what visual aid when examining blast-cleaned steel and comparing it with the VIS-1 photos?


If a specification requires one of the following–brush-off blasting (SSPC-SP 7), commercial blasting (SSPC-SP 6), or near-white blasting (SSPC-SP 10), what other cleaning standard is invoked?


What organization recently issued a standard for measuring the profile of concrete after surface preparation?


What organization has presented Concrete Coatings Conferences at the World of Concrete show?


In its Technology Guide on the subject, what type of coating material does SSPC recommend for repairing imperfections in galvanized, organic zinc-, or inorganic zinc-coated steel?


Construct 2012 in Phoenix is affiliated with the Annual Convention of what organization?


Which one of SSPC’s qualification procedure (QP) standards was recently revised in content and format?


Rust Grade 1, as depicted in SSPC VIS-2, represents what degree of rusting over painted steel?


True or False: The Australasian Corrosion Association is licensed to teach SSPC’s C7 Abrasive Blasting course.


At age 75, the Golden Gate Bridge still sports its original signature hue. What is the official name of that color?


After many years, the U.S. military wants to phase out the use of liquid-applied chemical agent resistant coatings (CARC). How long has the Army required the use of CARC?


What is the “opt-out” provision of the EPA’s Lead Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule, now being debated in Congress?


True or false: A higher percentage of women than of men perceive color incorrectly.


Who is the organizer of the Mega Rust Conference, which focuses on naval corrosion issues?


Which of the following answers organizes SSPC abrasive blasting standards from most to least rigorous?


What do the following decorative treatments have in common: marmorino, marmerella, antico, and spatulata?


True or false: Acid stains can produce a broader range of colors on concrete than opaque stains can.


The first winner of SSPC’s John D. Keane Award of Merit in 1984, A.W. (Duke) Mallory, was noted for his expertise in what area of technology?


What organization gives the annual HUE awards recognizing outstanding use of color in architecture and interior design?


SSPC jointly publishes with NACE and the American Welding Society a specification on what subject?


True or false: There are standard tests to determine performance of air barrier materials.


What is the scope of ASTM Committee D33?


What organization held its first meeting in January 2012 to create a new standard for tank linings in the oil and gas industry?


What is the trade association for the thick-film high performance elastomer industry?


Which organization was a charter member of SSPC in 1950?


What organization has a Wall Coating Validation Program “to provide specifiers and end-users of wall coating products an unbiased method to judge whether wall coating products will perform at the levels of the manufacturer’s published data sheet for that particular product?”


Which of the following projects will not be recognized as a AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Project at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C.?


In decorative finishing, what is a “strie” effect?


True or False: SSPC has a qualification procedure and certification program for companies that inspect coatings work.


What group makes up the largest share of SSPC members?


What is the name of the organization that fosters better relations between the painters’ union and union contractors and works to increase market share of union contractors?


What organization trains and certifies air barrier contractors?


What organization below is affiliated with the American Coatings Show?


Who received this year’s SSPC Outstanding Paper Award for the JPCL article, “Sizing DH for Water Tank Lining Jobs”?


What organization has specifications for organic coatings on aluminum extrusions and panels?


True or false: Studies by a major university in Texas on 8 million square feet of campus building roofs show that spray polyurethane foam roofing can achieve energy savings payback in 3-4 years.


What decorative artisan recently was honored with the distinction of Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects?


The SSPC/NACE/AWS specification for thermal-sprayed zinc in a marine service environment requires what degree of blast cleaning?


What is the name of a decorative plaster made from lime putty and crushed marble?


True or false: A high gloss finish on polished concrete is more slip-resistant than a medium gloss or semi-gloss finish.


True or false: Using dyes on concrete floors eliminates the non-uniformity of color that is a trademark of acid stains.


True or false: Some types of stains react with concrete to produce color; other types achieve color without reacting with the concrete.


What do Sigma Kalon, Keeler & Long, and Ameron have in common?


What country produces and consumes the most paint?


What association has an Architectural Coatings Committee?


In what year did SSPC hold its first conference and exhibition?


Photographic guides developed by SSPC (VIS-1 through VIS-5) to aid in the visual assessment of surface cleanliness were designed to be used in what way?


True or false: SSPC has a program to certify the qualifications of commercial painting contractors.


True or false: Buildings of all kinds, residential, commercial, and industrial, consume about 20% of the energy used in the United States.


SSPC is developing a revised version of its standard on measuring dry film thickness. What is the alphanumeric name of this standard?


True or false: SSPC’s “Environmental Zones” designated 0 through 3E are based on geographical regions of the U.S. and the rest of the world for which specific paint systems are recommended.


True or false: SSPC has 3 different standards describing the end condition of steel after power tool cleaning.


True or false: Polished concrete flooring is maintenance-free after it has been applied.


What organization hosts the annual Concrete Décor Show?


SSPC’s Charles G. Munger Award is given for what achievement?


Which of the following elements of design of steel structures is most likely to promote corrosion?


Who was recently elected Vice President of SSPC and therefore is in line to be President in 2013?


Among the four paint companies shown below, which one is the oldest?


How does the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) differ from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED system?


True or false: SSPC has participated in development of an Aerospace Coating Applicator certification and training program.


True or false: Coating manufacturers no longer recommend coal tar epoxy coating systems.


The first SSPC National Conference and Exhibition was held in what year?


True or false: All the SSPC surface preparation standards are issued jointly with NACE.


The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code for the first time gives air barrier performance requirements for what building constituents?


What organization has a “Wall Coating Validation Program?”


What country, in addition to the United States, has a Painting Contractor Certification Program (PCCP) for protective and marine coating contractors?


True or false: SSPC has surface preparation standards for concrete that are equivalent to their abrasive blasting surface preparation standards for steel–SSPC-SP 5, SP 6, SP 7, and SP 10.


What standard classifies the durability of anti-corrosion paint systems as low, medium, and high?


True or false: SSPC was once affiliated with Carnegie-Mellon University.


True or false: Both SSPC and NACE have standards that describe how to measure dry film thickness of coatings on concrete.


True or false: SSPC has never revoked the certification of a contractor in its Painting Contractor Certification Program.


True or false: ISO Sa2.5, describing very thorough abrasive blast cleaning, gives a more comprehensive written description of the end condition of the steel after blasting than SSPC SP 10/NACE No. 2, Near white metal, which requires a similar end condition.


With SSPC abrasive blasting standards, if a Near White Blast Cleaning (SSPC-SP 10) is required, the following additional standard is invoked:


Which one of the following organizations does not train and certify paint inspectors?


The ISO surface preparation standard Sa 3 most closely resembles what SSPC/NACE surface preparation standard?


Which US President signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, establishing OSHA?


Construction recently began on a building that is being called the "greenest" commercial building on the planet. This project is under way in which of the following cities?


ASTM International’s Committee D-1 is developing its first-ever standard for what?


SSPC recently announced the launch of a new "interest group" that will focus on development of standards and guides for which of the following?


Which US President signed the Environmental Protection Act, establishing the now-controversial EPA?


Which of the following organizations is planning to develop a set of national standards for repairing, restoring and weatherization of older and historic windows?


True or false: SSPC has a standard for measuring dry film thickness of paint over concrete substrates.


RINA in the UK is the Royal Institute of Naval Architects. What is the Italian RINA?


Which of the following is not an exclusively marine exhibition?


What magazine focuses on decorative concrete and hosts an annual show on the subject?


What organization presents an annual coatings for concrete conference in January each year?


In the protective coatings industry, the phrase “Swedish Standards” most often refers to what?


Which of the following material types is used to improve the energy efficiency of buildings?


Who is the partner of the American Coatings Association in organizing the American Coatings Show, to be held in Indianapolis on May 8-10, 2012?


Which of the following statements about SSPC-SP 11, Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal, is correct?


A White Metal Blast, SSPC-SP 5, allows what to remain on the surface after blast cleaning?


What industry started SSPC, originally called the Steel Structures Painting Council?


What is one difference between polished concrete and terrazzo?


True or false: Among SSPC's qualifications procedures used to certify industrial painting contractors is one that applies to contractors with less than 6 months of industrial painting experience.


What artisan in decorative and restoration arts was honored by the American Institute of Architects in 2009?


Which of the AAMA performance standards for coatings on aluminum extrusions and panels is the most stringent?


SSPC's photographic guides for visual assessment of surface cleanliness after blast cleaning are designed to be used in what way?


True or false: Federal law requires that Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), also know as a Product Safety Data Sheet, be published by coating manufacturers for their products, and that employers have these data sheets on hand in the workplace.


Which of the following organizations is not a part of the federal government?


What organization has recently developed programs to combat "greenwashing" of products?


SSPC has how many surface preparation standards for various degrees of power tool cleaning?


How many individuals has SSPC certified as protective coatings specialists?


What is the subject of SSPC Visual Standard photos in SSPC-VIS 6?


True or false: Acid stains can produce a broader range of colors on concrete than opaque stains.


What is another name for stucco?


What organization maintains a product directory online that lists initial reflectance and emittance levels for hundreds of roof-coatings products?


True or false: The SSPC standards SSPC-Paint 20 and SSPC-Paint 29 contain both performance and composition requirements for zinc-rich coatings.


Why is the Society for Protective Coatings also called “SSPC,” with 2 S’s instead of one?


Who awards certification for conforming with the requirements in The Green Guide for Health Care?


What organization offers a standard that gives durability grades of low, medium, and high for paint systems in various environments and levels of surface preparation?


What organization produces standards for the surface preparation of concrete?


In addition to the American Architectural Manufacturers' Association, what other organization has a specification for coatings on architectural aluminum?


If a hospital system wanted to require an SSPC-certified contractor for a job, it would specify certification according to what standard?


True or false: Gloss level is the main measure of slipperiness in a polished concrete floor.


What organization publishes inspection manuals dealing with spray-applied, fire-resistive coating materials?


In its Technology Update on retrieving soluble salts from a steel substrate in the field, SSPC describes two methods. One is swabbing; what is the other?


How many of SSPC's surface preparation standards describe the results of power tool cleaning of steel?


The European Coatings Show, which alternates biannually with the American Coatings Show, has for many years been held in what city?


True or false: A higher percentage of men than women percieve color incorrectly.


True or false: Grinding, densifying, honing, and polishing is the typical sequence of surface preparation steps in creating a polished concrete floor.


Which one of the following are not the subject of an SSPC Qualification Procedure (QP) standard?


True or false: ASTM publishes descriptions of solvent rub tests for both inorganic and organic coatings, which are sometimes used to assess degree of cure.


True or false: Green Seal publishes standards on low-emitting paints.


What is the main difference between diamond-polished concrete and terrazzo?


True or false: SSPC visual standards showing degrees of cleaning of steel take precedence over the descriptions of required cleanliness in SSPC's written surface preparation standards.


True or false: An air barrier, in addition to improving the energy efficiency of a building, minimizes moisture transport through the building envelope.


True or false: After several years of joint conferences and exhibitions, SSPC and PDCA are holding their events separately this year.


What is scagliola?


Which of the following is not the subject of an SSPC qualification procedure?


True or false: The SSPC surface preparation standards were numbered according to the chronological order in which they were adopted, not according to their degree of thoroughness.


True or False: In judging whether surface preparation of steel meets specified requirements, SSPC visual standards take precedence over the written standards.


Approximately how many contractors now hold one or more QP certifications in SSPC's Painting Contractor Certification Program?


True or false: SSPC Environmental Zone 3C, Chemical atmospheric exposure, alkaline (pH 10.0-12.0) is the most severe of the 12 environmental zones described.


What makes polished concrete (by dry grinding) a contributor to green building objectives?


Who was the first Executive Director of SSPC?


What procedure does the SSPC Paint Application Standard No. 2 describe?


RCI, Inc. is a professional association that deals with what technology?


True or False: SSPC has a qualification procedure and certification program for companies that manufacture inspection instruments.


True or false: The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) has a qualification procedure and certification program for painting contractors who apply architectural paints and coatings.


SSPC-QP 1, Standard Procedure for Evaluating Painting Contractors (Field Application to Complex Industrial Structures) indentifies 4 areas of a contractor's quality system that have to be evaluated. Which item below is not included among the 4 areas?


True or false: According to SSPC, a complete painting system specification includes all the requirements necessary for a complete paint job, including the qualifications required of the contractor.


What organization developed Performance Standards for Protective Coatings in ballast tanks on ships?


Rust Grades A through D are depicted visually in what document?


Adding color to concrete can be achieved through use of:


True or False: SSPC-SP 16 covers electrochemical stripping of coatings from steel substrates.


The SSPC's Painting Contractor Certification Program (PCCP) was substantially influenced in its development by the already established certification program of what association?


What is a common name for a sample of the end result of blast cleaning prepared on the metal substrate at a project site with the abrasive used for the project?


What are SSPC environmental zones?


According to ASTM D 6083, how thick should an acrylic reflective roof coating be?


True or false: NACE was founded before SSPC.


 
 
   

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