Protective Coatings

Protective Coatings Industry

The total annual U.S. cost for organic and metallic protective coatings is $108.6 billion, according to a NACE study. The study estimates that 50% of all corrosion costs are preventable, and approximately 85% of these are in the area of coatings.

Protective coatings, including paints, are thin layers of solid material applied to a substrate, with the coating acting as a barrier to inhibit or prevent corrosion. Each liquid, liquefiable, or mastic composition is converted into a solid protective, decorative, or functional adherent film after application to a surface. These coatings may be sprayed on, welded on, plated on, or applied using hand tools.

Besides corrosion resistance, protective coatings can help a substrate withstand issues such as wear and exposure to water. They can also improve the asset’s aesthetic appearance.

Materials commonly used in organic coatings are epoxies, polyurethanes, or other polymers. Meanwhile, materials typically found in inorganic metallic coatings include zinc, aluminum, and chromium.

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Coatings basics

The main purpose of coatings is to protect the materials underneath various types of corrosion. Coatings are a type of paint applied to surfaces (like concrete or steel) in a 3-step process: a first primer, a full coating, then a sealant.


Basic Corrosion

This course covers a basic but thorough review of causes of corrosion and the methods by which corrosion is identified, monitored, and controlled. Active participation is encouraged through hands-on experiments, case studies, and open discussion format.

Basic Corrosion eCourse

This Online course covers a basic but thorough review of causes of corrosion and the methods by which corrosion is identified, monitored, and controlled.

Math for the Coatings Professional

Choose between imperial and metric versions (or do both!) to brush up on critical math skills needed to succeed in the coatings industry.

I.C.I. Online - Intro to Coating Inspection

The Industrial Coating Application eCourse is a comprehensive training program based on the NACE No. 13/SSPC-ACS-1 standard.

Protective Coating Specialist – Basic Course

The PCS 1 Basic Principles introduces both the theoretical and practical aspects of using coatings to control corrosion and the economic benefits of managing them.

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Corrosion Basics

This book provides an extensive update on the second edition with general coverage of the wide field of corrosion control.

CorrCompilations: Coating Failure Analysis

Various approaches in protective coating failure analysis. Both general and industry-specific topics are discussed.

The Protective Coating User's Handbook, Third Edition

The selection and use of protective coatings. Corrosion prevention through the use of protective coatings.

Corrosion Prevention by Protective Coatings, Third Edition

High-performance coatings. Third edition. New technology. Reference tool for engineers, paint superintendents & maintenance personnel involved in the use of protective coatings to prevent corrosion.

Coating application

Today, the coatings industry is a highly technical field that requires skilled personnel to perform quality surface preparation and protective coatings application. Coatings can be applied by brush, roller, or spray, depending on the coating surface, environment, and application goals.


Industrial Coating Application (ICA) eCourse

The Industrial Coating Application eCourse is a comprehensive training program based on the NACE No. 13/SSPC-ACS-1 standard that sets the criteria for a qualified workforce that can meet contractors' and facility owners' need for consistent, quality work completed accurately, safely, and at a reasonable cost.

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Coating inspection

Coating inspection checks industrial equipment to ensure protective coatings were correctly applied and minimize corrosion risk. This area focuses on corrosion control, paint application and inspection, project management, and quality assurance. Coating inspection helps strengthen the entire industry and results in billions of dollars in cost savings.


Coating Inspector Program - Level 1

CIP Level 1 covers the technical and practical fundamentals of coating inspection work. Students will be prepared to perform basic coating inspections using non-destructive techniques and instrumentation.

Coating Inspector Program - Level 2

CIP Level 2 focuses on advanced inspection techniques and specialized application methods for both steel and non-steel substrates, including concrete using both nondestructive and destructive techniques.

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Coating Inspector Program - Level 3 Peer Review

The CIP Level 3 Peer Review is an intensive, detailed oral examination that is given in front of a three-member review board and is based on the Coating Inspector body of knowledge.

Protective Coating Specialist - Advanced (PCS 2)

The PCS 2 Advanced course provides advanced level technology topics related to protective coatings.

Marine, Offshore, and Shipboard Coatings

These high-performance protective coatings used mostly in the marine environment to protect ships, vessels, tankers, and other materials from saline water or fresh water, above and below the water, from the effects of corrosion.


Marine Coating Technology

This course covers the fundamental issues that are specific to coatings in the marine industry.

Offshore Corrosion Assessment Training (O-CAT)

This course addresses the elements of in-service inspection and maintenance planning for fixed offshore structures.

Shipboard Corrosion Assessment Training (S-CAT)

The Shipboard Corrosion Assessment Training course provides a foundation of coatings, corrosion, and corrosion control knowledge for assessing the condition of tanks and other military ship structures, while determining the required actions necessary to effectively maintain fully operational status.

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CorrCompilation: Coatings for Marine Vessels

Compilation on inboard & outboard coating technologies, ballast tanks & hull anti-fouling.

Nuclear power plant coatings

Nuclear plant coatings are used as a first line of defense against corrosion, cracking, erosion and other types of degradation that can damage components ranging from nuclear reactor containments and concrete structures to buried piping and tanks.


Nuclear Power Plant Training for Coating Inspectors

This course is designed specifically to train coating inspectors to conduct inspections in nuclear power plants (NPPs), and is also used as a primer to familiarize non CIP-certified personnel with NPP coating requirements.

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Corrosion Control Guide for Exterior Surfaces of Nuclear Power

Exterior surface coatings and cathodic protection in nuclear power plant structures, systems, and components during construction & maintenance. Selection and evaluation of these systems.

The History of Protective Coating Use in Commercial Nuclear Power Plants

Detailed technical and regulatory chronology of nuclear power plant protective coatings requirements, and testing protocols from 1951 to present. A desk reference & teaching tool for the nuclear plant protective coatings industry.

Bridge coatings

The performance of coatings used on bridges is a critical factor, with many modern bridges having a lifespan of up to 120 years. Proper coating materials, application, and inspection can reduce the number of repainting cycles and reduce the whole life costs of bridge structures.


Coating Inspector Program Bridge eCourse

In the CIP Bridge eCourse, get specialized training related to coating inspection of bridges. The course focuses on how to inspect surface preparation and coating application of bridges, as well as the role of the inspector in the quality control process.

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CorrCompilation: Concrete

Articles on concrete structures, substrates, and corrosion. Categorized: Concrete, Cathodic Protection, Coatings for Concrete, Corrosion of Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement.

Pipeline coatings

Corrosion is the greatest danger to buried steel pipeline, and uncontrolled corrosion of the pipe wall leads to leaks, service interruptions and even explosions. Pipeline coatings work with cathodic protection and are generally divided into two categories: plant-applied and field-applied coatings


Pipeline Coating Applicator (PCA)

The Pipeline Coating Applicator course covers the proper coating application procedures including understanding specifications, surface preparation, application techniques, dealing with changing ambient conditions, and quality control measures, for the most common coating materials to which contractors and inspectors are exposed to on pipeline projects.

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Coatings in Conjunction with Cathodic Protection (CCCP)

The Coatings in Conjunction with Cathodic Protection (CCCP) course focuses on the control of metallic corrosion by protective coatings and cathodic protection, with coatings as the primary method of control supplemented by cathodic protection.


Pipeline CICS; External Protective Coatings for Underground Piping Systems

CICS are compilations of papers and articles from NACE topical symposia and conferences, Materials Performance magazine, CORROSION, book proceedings, and technical committee reports.