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Find coating quality control assistance you need with coating consultancy

Navigating the range of available coatings and finding the right one for a project is not as straightforward as picking a coating music. 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 with the substrate, the environment, the use, and the potential hazards in mind, as well as factors such as film thickness and application method. For the best possible results, you need professional input in selecting the best coating. This is the purpose of coating consultancy.

In this article we will describe the role a coating consultant will take in assisting with your coating project, from initial assessment to specification and failure analysis. We will also include a list of coating consultancy firms operating in the US.

5 things to expect from a coating consultancy

The job of a coating consultant is a broad one. 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. They provide expertise and advice at every step of the coating process:

  1. Design stage optimization – A coatings consultant can analyze and assess building plans to determine potential coating issues and find ways to deal with them. A coating consultant also advises on how to best plan your project to minimize cost and maximize performance.
  2. Planning stage specification – Specification writing, preparing documentation, selecting products, project management, field and laboratory testing are all part of a coating consultant’s portfolio.
  3. The application stage – At this stage a coating consultant will conduct quality assurance testing, and assess the application process from surface preparation to film thickness and environmental conditions.
  4. Project delivery – The final survey of the coating system and assurance that the job complies with the specification.
  5. Failure analysis – If the worst happens and something goes wrong, coating consultants also conduct failure analysis and investigation.

When is it time to call a coatings consultant?

A coating consultant can be brought into a project at any point. Their job is to consult and advise you as to the best coatings solutions at every step. You might need a consultant to:

  • Provide technical guidance about products, treatments, coatings, and services that will best suit your specification
  • Recommend a complete coating solution
  • Assist economically by selecting the most effective materials, coatings, and linings for the right price, as well as dealing with contractor bids
  • Assist in creating a coating specification
  • Conduct a site survey and provide an individual recommendation
  • Investigate a coating failure

In order to ensure the best results for your project you need: inspection and survey of the substrates and environments, a specification and coating system designed specifically for your site and project, and quality assurance checks throughout the coating process. Note that if your project involves powder coatings, you should contact specialized powder coating consultants.

A certified professional on site from the start is the best way to secure a long-lasting and effective coating system.

Where to find a coating advisory in the US

There are coating advisory companies and individuals operating in Florida, Ohio and around the US. If you would like more information about the right company for you, get in touch! Our coating experts are on hand to help. Below is a selection of the coating consultants in the US, including specialized powder coating consultants.

Coating consultancy companyAddress
Coatings Consultants Inc8211 Needles Dr, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Powder Coating Consultants1529 Laurel Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Midwest Coating Consultants2003 Fayette St, North Kansas City, MO 64116
Redox Coating Consultants3974-A Brown Park Dr, Hilliard, OH 43026
Quinn Consulting Services, Inc.14160 Newbrook Drive, Suite 220 Chantilly, VA 20151
CCI Inspection Services2210 N Frazier St # 200, Conroe, TX 77303
Bureau Veritas Group247 West 37th Street, Suite 1201, New York 10018
Coatings Consultants Inc8211 Needles Dr, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Coating consultant qualifications

There are three main accreditation bodies operating in the US when it comes to coatings. These are NACE, ASTM, and SSPC. These are particularly important for coatings consultancy and coating inspections as they guarantee the expertise and skills of your consultant. The differences between the three are:


logo of nace for coating consultancy

NACE is the certificate the coating consultancy company should have.

The NACE Protective Coating Specialist (PCS) and Coating Inspector Program (CIP)

NACE certifications have been setting the standard in the protective coatings industry for over 30 years. These programs provide an international certification and produce the highest caliber of paint inspectors and specialists. NACE also publishes a book outlining the use of coating inspection equipment, relevant for liquid and powder coating consultants.


American Society for Testing and Materials

ASTM – ASTM International, founded as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world – a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. ASTM standards correspond to the NACE standards.


The Society for Protective Coatings

SSPC runs training and certification programs and bridging courses for coating inspectors. SSPC also runs a “Protective Coatings Specialist” program which certifies that the practitioner can assess coating systems, develop specifications, perform failure analysis, perform inspections, and understand the economics, preparation and application of coatings.

Note: ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the international body which produces the standards that guide the coating industry.

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