The role of the coatings inspector is to ensure that the coating manufacturer’s instructions are followed and specified requirements are achieved.
In this way, the performance of a coatings system can be optimized and the design service life attained.
Oil Patch has NACE trained and certified inspectors utilizing comprehensive assortment of state-of-the-art test instrumentation and
equipment to verify and document compliance with your specification requirements.
The major quality inspection points typically include the following criteria:
- Contamination and structural defects have been removed from the substrate prior to surface preparation operations
- Weather conditions are within the specified tolerances
- The surface preparation and coatings application equipment are adequate to produce the desired results, considering the project scope and conditions of work
- The surface preparation is achieving the specified results with respect to cleanliness and surface roughness
- The coatings materials are as specified
- The coatings are properly mixed and applied in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and specifications’ requirements
- The coatings system has been applied to the specified dry film thickness and is free from unallowable defects
For most facility owners, the consequences of premature coatings failures can be far-reaching and generally result in damages several times that of the original installation cost due to impacts on operations, lost revenues, damage to the physical asset and complete removal and replacement of the failed coatings.
Although coating selection is a critical factor, today’s high performance protective coatings systems are complex materials that can be difficult to apply and unforgiving of the many variables associated with their installation. Having an onsite coatings inspector is the single best investment that can be made toward preventing costly premature coatings failures.