Secure success with professional coating consultancy
Discovering the wide range of available coatings and finding the right one for a specified project is not as straightforward as one might think. It is not simply a matter of choosing a paint and slapping it on, there are many factors and elements to consider: a coating needs to be chosen considering the substrate, the environment, the use, and the potential hazards, as well as factors such as film thickness and application method. For the best possible results, you need professional expertise which can be provided by a coating consultancy company.
In this article we will outline the tasks of a coating consultancy company and what they can provide you with. We’ll additionally take a look at a selection of coating consultancy companies in Australia as well as describe the qualifications of a coating consultant.
Coating consultancy at every stage of the project
The job of a coating consultant is a broad one. In order to help select a coating system that is best tailored to a project and will provide the best possible performance, a coatings consultant needs to evaluate and understand the needs of the project, the needs of the coating, and the regulatory and industry standards. A coating consultant provides expertise in every step of the process and can be brought into a project at any point. The consultant can help you in the following stages of the project:
- Planning stage – Writing specifications, preparing documentation, selecting products, project management, field and laboratory testing are all part of a coating consultant’s portfolio. They also provide technical guidance about products, treatments, coatings, and services that will best suit your specification.
- Design stage – Analysing and assessing building plans to determine potential coating issues and find ways to deal with them is a solid part of coating advisory. A coating consultant also advises on how to best plan the project so as to minimise cost and maximise performance.
- Application stage – This stage includes quality assurance testing, and assessing the application process from surface preparation to film thickness and environmental conditions.
- Project delivery – The final survey of the coating system and assurance that the job complies with the specification.
- Maintenance / check up – Conduct a site survey and provide an individual recommendation of need for maintenance.
- Failure analysis – If the worst happens and something goes wrong, coating consultancy companies also perform failure analysis and investigation.
Inspection and survey of the substrates and environments, a specification and coating system designed specifically for your project, and quality assurance checking throughout the coating process are the ingredients for a successful coating application and optimal results. A certified professional on-site from the beginning is the best way to secure a long-lasting and effective coating system, which is not likely to fail for whatever reason.
Find a coating consultancy company in Australia
There are coating advisory companies and individuals operating across Australia. If you would like more information about the right company for you, get in touch! Our experts are here to help. Below is a small sample of the coating consultants in Australia.
|Coating consultancy company||Specialisation||Location|
|Incospec Global Field Services||General industrial and architectural coatings||South Australia|
|Corrotek Consultants Pty Ltd||Corrosion surveys||Western Australia|
|Automotive Coatings Consultants||Automotive industry||Queensland|
|NuSpec Consulting||Construction of large infrastructure||Victoria|
The organisations that define a qualified coating consultant
In Australia the qualifications for a coating consultant are defined by two accredited bodies: NACE (National Associations of Corrosion Engineers) and ICorr (Institute of Corrosion). These are particularly important for coatings consultancy and coating inspections as they provide certificates that guarantee the expertise and skills of your consultant. Both of these bodies work on the basis of the international standards for the global coating industry. The standards are set by ASTM and ISO (International Organisation of Standardisation). In Australia, the NACE and ICorr courses are given by the ACA (Australasian Corrosion Association).
The need-to-knows of the two certifying bodies are summarised below:
- NACE – The NACE Protective Coating Specialist (PCS) and Coating Inspector Program (CIP) certifications have been setting the standard in the protective coatings industry for over 30 years. These programmes provide an international certification and produce the highest calibre of paint inspectors and specialists.
- ICorr – The Institute of Corrosion is the British corrosion authority. They provide a number of courses that enable paint inspectors to acquire the necessary qualifications to carry out inspections in the field. ICorr certification is recognised internationally, including Australia. The certificates are given in three levels; the highest level is level 3, and only they are trained and certified to write paint specifications for coatings projects. The ICorr levels correspond to the NACE levels.