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8 SURFACE PREP 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM By Ben DuBose Ph o to s C o u r t e s y of A x x i o m M f g., B a r to n I n t e r n a t i o n a l , BlastOne, General Equipment, e Hotsy Company, Marco, Paul N. Gardner Co., and Wagner Meters Preparing for Perfection: How to Succeed at Surface Prep W hether the substrate is concrete, steel, or a roof, the vast majority of coatings application jobs share one common thread: the impor- tance of surface preparation. Properly prepar- ing the surface is essential to ensuring that the selected coating system will adhere to the substrate and achieve its desired performance characteristics. A lthough surface preparation is just one step of a coatings project, it is important and complex enough to contain several steps of its own. Selecting the proper equip- ment, using the right materials, and following proper safety protocols for a given job is critical, particularly in a regulatory environment with rapidly changing and evolving require- ments for contractors. To assist in this selection process, CoatingsPro Magazine has compiled the following guide to help project developers navigate through all the various potential solutions for the surface preparation phase. Compliance With Best Practices Before starting any job, contractors should consider indus- try standards and regulatory requirements as part of their customized jobsite plan. Organizations including the American Concrete Institute (ACI), International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), NACE International, the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC), and WaterJet Technology Association/Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association (WJTA-IMC A) all have resources and standards available to help guide contractors through the various technologies, equipment, and specifications that may be a part of any given project. Up to 80 percent of all coatings failures can be directly attributed to inadequate surface preparation, which affects coating adhesion, according to global coatings manufacturer Sherwin-Williams. In recent months, regulatory groups have also taken on an increasingly prominent role within the surface prepa- ration space. New standards from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented in 2017 are aimed at limiting exposure to crystalline silica dust and beryllium, which have long been byproducts of blast Surface Prep Selecting the proper equipment, using the right materials, and following proper safety protocols for a given job is critical, particularly in a regulatory environment with rapidly changing and evolving requirements for contractors. Surface prep for roofing, steel, and concrete surfaces include not only choices in the strategy but also the methods (such as grinders from General Equipment) and personal protective equipment (PPE).

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