August 2021 Vol. 1

PCN – Communicating News In Protective Coatings Globally in Real-Time

Leading Source of Industry News on Protective Coatings for Oil & Gas, Pipelines, Marine and Construction

NEWSMAKERS:  * Akzo Nobel * Carbon Nanotubes * Chiyoda * CUI * EIS * ExcelPlas * Graphene * HI-TEMP® * Humidur® * Ichthys * INPEX * LNG * Matrix * PCN * PPG * Protective Coatings * Self-Healing Coatings (SHC) * Sparc Technologies


Sparc Technologies’ Anti-Corrosion Tests Bring Graphene-Based Additives for Epoxy Coatings To Market (Breaking News)

Dawn of the Paint Robots (Akzo Nobel the Early Adopter)

Options for Autonomous Surface Preparation and Coating Application

Ex-Akzo Protective Coating Managers Collaborate to Enhance Billion Coating Market with Graphene-Enhanced Coatings
Mike Bartels and Andrew Smith Both Ex-Akzo Now Head Sparc Technologies

Ask an Expert – ‘Why Does a Solvent-Free Epoxy Contain VOCs?’
The article was originally published in the March/April 2021 issue of Corrosion Management, the magazine of the UK Institute of Corrosion

Diagnostics of Large Anti-Corrosion Coatings on Steel Structures by Means of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)

PPG Debuts PPG HI-TEMP 1027HD Coating for Corrosion-Under-Insulation Applications


Chiyoda Sees Red Over Ichthys Project as Well
Japanese contractor recognises significant loss over Ichthys LNG project, just like compatriot JGC


Developing Wide pH-Responsive, Self-Healing, and Anti-Corrosion Epoxy Coatings

Self-Healing Effect of Epoxy Coating Containing Mesoporous Polyaniline Hollow Spheres Loaded With Benzotriazole

Multi-Action Self-Healing Coatings with Simultaneous Recovery of Corrosion Resistance and Adhesion Strength

Facile Repair of Anti-Corrosion Polymeric Composite Coatings Based on Light Triggered Self-Healing


A Review: Graphene Modified Polymer Coatings For Corrosion Protection

Electrochemical Behaviour and Interfacial Delamination of an Epoxy-Coated Galvanized Steel System in Acid Media

New Approach to Estimate the Adhesion Durability of an Epoxy Coating Through Wet and Dry Cycles Using Creep-Recovery Modelling

Novel Environmentally Friendly Waterborne Epoxy Coating with Long-Term Anti-scaling and Anticorrosion Properties

Structure and Properties of Nano Titanium Dioxide Coatings on Stainless Steel Substrate

Poly(m-phenylenediamine) Encapsulated Graphene for Enhancing Corrosion Protection Performance of Epoxy Coatings

Fabrication of h-MoO3 Nanorods and the Corrosion Protection Properties of the MoO3 Epoxy Coatings


Akzo Nobel seeking an experienced Technical Service Representative to join the International Paint Marine and Protective Coatings Australasia team

Matrix Seeking Technical Coatings Specialist for Humidur™ Coatings
Recently, MCE launched a new industrial coatings division to extend its service and product offerings with a focus on protective and anti-corrosive coatings.


Corrosion School for High Performance Coatings August 10-11, 2021

  • Corrosion Principles – Why do we paint?
  • Coating Composition – What makes up a gallon of paint?
  • Generic Types – What’s the difference between an epoxy polyamide, an epoxy phenalkamine, and a hybrid polysiloxane?
  • Surface Preparation – The foundation for a good performing system
  • True Cost of Coatings – Matching products to needs and understanding cost over life expectations
  • Weathering Finishes – Why do some products weather better than others?
  • Testing Methods/Advances – What do the tests really tell us?
  • Coating Recommendations – How do you choose the right system?
  • Common Coating Terms – Learning the lingo!
  • Surface Tolerant Coatings / Overcoating – Add service life with a limited budget
  • Tank Linings – Systems for extreme service
  • Chemical-Proofing Concrete – Learn how to properly protect concrete against aggressive exposures
  • Coatings Inspection – What to look for and why it is important
  • Common Coating Problems/Failure Analysis – Learn from other’s mistakes!


ISO Accredited Failure Analysis of Coatings Laboratory
ExcelPlas has performed hundreds of failure investigations of painted products as well as on numerous organic and inorganic coatings.  ExcelPlas’ paint failure analysis is supported by it’s scanning electron microscopy, metallography, chemistry, mechanical testing, accelerated life and paint laboratories.  As the world’s renowned coating inspection and failure analysis provider, we are the first choice for a broad range of clients across all industries, all over the world. We offer you state-of-the-art technology, techniques and equipment along with highly qualified technicians to bring you unrivalled expertise in the assessment of coatings. Plus, we work closely with coating manufacturers, providing quality control inspections to increase the quality of coating work.
A significant amount of financial loss is incurred every year as a result of premature failure of protective paints and coatings. The cost to repair such failures far outweighs the initial cost of painting due to the extreme cost and liability associated with excessive rigging and downtime to correct the problem.
The majority of paint and coating-related failures can be attributed to following SIX causes:

  • Improper surface preparation – the substrate surface is not adequately prepared for the coating that is to be applied. This may include cleaning, chemical pretreatment or surface profile.
  • Improper coating selection – either the paint or coating selected is not suitable for the intended service environment, or it is not compatible with the substrate surface.
  • Improper application – this can be a problem with either shop-applied or field applied coatings, and occurs when the required specifications or parameters for the application are not met.
  • Improper paint formulation,  drying, curing and over coating times –this problem relates to a lack of conformance to the required specifications or parameters.
  • Lack of protection against water and aqueous systems – this is a particularly serious problem with aqueous systems containing corrosive compounds such as chlorides.
  • Mechanical damage – which results from improper transport, handling of the painted or coated substrate, resulting in a breach in the paint or coating.


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ExcelPlas Labs provides independent testing, analysis and investigation on protective coatings to prevent corrosion.

ExcelPlas has extensive analytical capabilities for testing of Protective Coatings and Insulation Consulting for major oil and gas companies.

We conduct corrosion surveys, coating sampling, coating analysis and testing to ensure coating specifications for a wide range of onshore and offshore clients in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region.

ExcelPlas Labs offer a full range of coating testing and analytical services to Australia’s mining, oil, gas and infrastructure sectors.

Forensic analysis for undertaking various coating based failure investigations and problem solving.

ExcelPlas Undertakes Analysis & Testing of Polymer Coating Systems including:

  • Epoxy Protective Coatings
  • Epoxy-Phenolic Protective Coatings
  • Fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) 
  • Dual-Layer Fusion bonded epoxy (DLFBE)
  • Liquid applied epoxy (LAE)
  • Abrasion resistant overcoat (ARO)
  • Three-layer PE (3LPE)
  • Multi-component liquid spray  (MCL)
  • Heat shrink sleeves (HSS)

Testing on Coatings that ExcelPlas can Undertake includes:

  • Coating identification by Infra-red Analysis (FTIR)
  • Degree of Cure by Thermal Analysis (DSC)
  • Coating Filler Identification by X-ray Analysis (EDS/XRD)
  • Coating Microstructure by Embedding, Polishing and Optical Microscopy (OM)
  • Coating Thermal Stability and Composition by Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

DSC – Phase transition/volatiles / Tg / degree of cure/characterisation
TGA – Volatile compounds, inorganic mass % mix ratio
Element mapping for chlorides on paint flakes
Microscopy -Count layers and thickness of layers

  • Assess porosity and voids
  • Check distribution and orientation of filler particles

Condition monitoring and analysis of corrosion prevention coatings (epoxies, epoxy-phenolics)

Testing of Epoxy Coatings (LAE, FJC, FBE), heat shrink sleeves and tapes, barrier tapes and meshes.

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