Protective Coatings Application: Visual Standards (Introduction)


To recognize that within the protective coatings industry, a number of visual standards exist for preparation and coating activities. The protective coatings applicator must be familiar with such standards.

  • Coating performance is primarily dependent upon proper surface preparation.
  • A number of visual standards have been developed to check the quality of surface preparation.
  • Visual standards or guides are produced by industry bodies and coating suppliers, along with ISO and SSPC.
  • The protective coatings applicator should understand the requirements of visual standards and guides.