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JAN 2018

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32 JANUARY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Inspector's Corner You as the coatings inspector have ver y little authority unless you have a communication line directly to an interested asset owner. B eing a coatings inspector is a rewarding career where we can share our experiences and provide the coatings industry with better quality and durability outcomes. is is especially true when we are supported by inter- ested owners who ensure our position has authority and when the description of the work is detailed in specifications. However, the industries we serve consist of construction and maintenance projects that have many intermediaries and specific time constraints. Often, we find our services being engaged at the last minute when all the project plans and programming has already been fixed. Even more diffi- cult is when our services are engaged as an add-on or afterthought where we must try to catch up to the work sched- ule while trying to educate the team as to the importance of our role. Often, in these situations, the project team has not realized the importance of the paint specification. So what are some tricks of the trade to get the job done right? Authority and Workmanship You as the coatings inspector have very little authority unless you have a communication line directly to an interested asset owner. e best defense is a subtle offense. I will often describe my position as having little authority, meaning I can't stop the job to prevent poor workmanship, however, my report is a reflection of the workmanship performed. erefore, if the applicator is doing an outstanding job, my report will be a glowing refer- ence of such work. If I encounter many quality problems, my report will be long and descriptive, and it will reflect poorly on the project team. An example of such a situation was when I was inspecting prefabricated steel panels for tank wall plates. I was performing an inspection of the primer coat while, without notification, the applicator was preparing to apply an intermediate coat over an inorganic zinc (IOZ) silicate. W hen I realized that he was mixing paint, I performed a test to check the cure of IOZ in accordance with ASTM D4752: Standard Practice for Measuring MEK Resistance of Ethyl Photos courtesy of Justin Rigby By Justin Rigby, Principal at Remedy Asset Protection Coating Inspection: Great Responsibility With Little Power

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