"Never paint a dirty surface” is something of a mantra in industrial painting circles. Without proper surface preparation, a coating will not adhere properly to the substrate and the system will fail. Existing standards — published and continuously revised by independent industry oversight agencies — do a good job of standardizing surface prep outcomes, but naming conventions between agencies can make the standards confusing.
A workplace culture of continuing professional development can positively impact employees, the employer, and the profession as a whole.
Care should be taken when applying coatings of any kind (e.g., paints, sealants, and cleaning agents) to building exteriors so that the solutions or emulsions used do not cause damage to other building components. This is especially true for architectural aluminum components, such as window and door frames, store fronts and entrances, curtain walls, mullions, columns, and hardware.
When it’s time to hire a coating contractor, asset owners want to get the job right the first time. We sat down with asset owners from the transportation and petroleum industries to find out the most important qualities they look for in coating contractors. Low-bid, low-quality contractors are out there, so owners should look for these five indicators to ensure a contractor will deliver high-quality results. Here’s what makes a coating contractor stand out in the crowd.
From a simple coat of paint to highly specialized smart compounds, coatings serve as the front line of protection against the harmful and expensive effects of corrosion. Whether it’s the Golden Gate Bridge, a multi-million dollar container ship or a family car, corrodible assets depend on coatings for life extension, protection and defense from external hazards such as fire, extreme temperatures, or physical wear and tear.
When coatings industry leaders approached NACE seeking a new accreditation program for contractors, the NACE International Institute set to work on a program now known as the NACE International Institute Contractor Accreditation Program (NIICAP). Launched in 2015, NIICAP is an industry-driven and industry-managed accreditation program that verifies a contractor's quality assurance program, support practices, production processes, and personnel management and training program. NIICAP's purpose is to elevate the quality and reputation of the entire industry through the execution of a thorough audit program based on ISO standards.
In response to industry demand for a better accreditation program among coatings contractor, the NACE International Institute Contractor Accreditation Program (NIICAP) was created by contractors and asset owners, for contractors and asset owners. NIICAP is the premier industry-driven and industry-managed accreditation program that validates a contractor’s quality assurance program, support practices and production processes. The accreditation protects asset owners from hiring contractors who don’t meet the highest in quality standards, providing an audit and certification program for contractors to set them apart from the competition. In order to create an accreditation program that held the industry to the highest standard, the Institute turned to its board of directors for insight and guidance – a board that solely consists of owners and contractors.
After a rigorous audit, which included an administrative review and on-site audit, Turner Industries has earned accreditation from the NACE International Institute Contractor Accreditation Program (NIICAP).
After a rigorous audit, which included an administrative review and field audit, Blastco today became the first contractor to earn accreditation from the NACE International Institute Contractor Accreditation Program (NIICAP).
Dr. Chris M. Fowler, president, NACE International Institute, introduces a contractor accreditation programme based on ISO standards, which lift the quality and reputation of the entire oil and gas industry.