October 2022 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 * Coating Condition Survey * CUI * ExcelPlas Labs * Failure Analysis * Faster XI * Hempel * Hempaguard™ * Jotun * LNG Plants * Marine Coatings * Mica * Neoguard® * Nippon Paints * PCN * Polaris Shipping * PPG * Protective Coatings * Self-Healing Coatings * Shawcor * Sherwin Williams * Smart Coatings * ThermoSafe®


Polaris Shipping Trio Opts for Nippon Paint Marine Hull and Hold Coatings
Neoguard 100 glass flake system was selected to protect the topsides. Fastar, a new nano antifouling technology, was specified for boottops and the vessels’ flat bottom. The hydrogel-containing version of Fastar XI was selected for the vertical sides of the ship to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 8%.
Nippon also noted that Fastar has yet to be fully benchmarked due to its recent introduction, but performance indicators reportedly suggest the coating could succeed the company’s LF-Sea range as the commercial maritime industry’s antifouling of choice.

Nippon Paint Coating Helps Extend Bulker’s Cargo Hold Maintenance

Hempel Coats 3000 Ships with Flagship Hull Coating

Strong Growth, But Lower Margins for Jotun

A Brief Introduction to Microbial Corrosion in the Oil Industry

Fire at Akzo Nobel Coatings Facility in the USA

Shawcor Awarded $500 Million Pipe Coating Contract in Southeast Mexico

Protection of Splash Zone Areas of Offshore Facilities with Ultra-High Solids Glass Flake Epoxies

Jotun’s Thermosafe® Coatings Provide Industry-leading Heat Resistance in the Extreme Environments of Onshore Oil and Gas Facilities

Achieving Dual Functional Corrosion Resistance for Epoxy Coatings Under Alternating Hydrostatic Pressure via Constructing P-phenylenediamine/Ti3C2Tx Hybrids

Micaceous Iron Oxide-Enriched Coating System Boosts Corrosion Protection in Fallout Areas

Facile Preparation of Anticorrosive and Decorative Multifunctional Coatings via the Inclusion of Pearlescent Oxide-Covered Mica Pigments


Transport of Water and Oxygen in Epoxy-Based Coatings

Investigating the Weathering Performance of Epoxy-Silicone Coatings containing Silane-modified Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles

Improved Interfacial Interactions and Corrosion Resistance of Epoxy Coated Reinforcement by Pre-electrodeposited Silane Layer

Corrosion Behaviour of an Epoxy Coating Reinforced with Aluminium Nanoparticles

Graphene-Reinforced Epoxy Coating to Achieve High Performance Wear and Corrosion Resistance

Durable Superhydrophobic Silica/Epoxy Resin Coating for the Enhanced Corrosion Protection of Steel Substrates in High Salt and H2S Environments

Preparation and Characterization of Graphene Oxide/Polyaniline/Polydopamine Nanocomposites towards Long-Term Anticorrosive Performance of Epoxy Coatings

A Novel pH-Responsive Smart Anticorrosion Coating Based on Sepiolite and MOF for High-Performance Corrosion Protection

pH-responsive Bimetallic Ce-ZIF-8 Nanocontainer for the Active Corrosion Protection of Epoxy Coatings

Corrosion Behaviour of an Epoxy Resin Reinforced with Aluminium Nanoparticles

Improved Interfacial Interactions and Corrosion Resistance of Epoxy Coated Reinforcement by Pre-Electrodeposited Silane Layer

Corrosion Inhibition of Q235 Steel by Epoxy Coatings Containing FG@ZIF-8

Enhanced Anticorrosion Epoxy Coatings Containing Modified Basalt Powder

Coating Inspection and Failure Analysis
Coating inspection and failure analysis from ExcelPlas – ensure your coating work is protecting your assets and prevent future coating failures.
Whether your assets include the management of construction sites, factories, laboratories, shipyards or power plants, you need to be certain that your coating work is protecting your facility. Coatings failures mean expensive repair costs and lengthy downtime. Our coating inspection and failure analysis helps ensure the continued protection of your facility.
Why use coating inspection and failure analysis from ExcelPlas?
To ensure that coating work is fully protecting your facility, we provide comprehensive inspection of coating work, concrete renovation, insulation and plastering. Plus, our failure analysis offers you careful investigation of the causes of any failures to help you prevent future occurrences.
Our coating inspection and failure analysis helps you to:

  • Assess coatings on ferrous-steel, stainless steel, aluminium, concrete, brick or plastic for conformity, compatibility and performance
  • Avoid expensive repair costs and downtime due to coating failures such as concrete decay, corrosion and loosening adhesive coats
  • Determine the causes of coating failures and prevent similar occurrences in the future

A Leading Provider in Coating Inspection and Failure Analysis
As the world’s leading 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 unrivaled expertise in the assessment of coatings. Plus, we work closely with coating manufacturers, providing quality control inspections to increase the quality of coating work.
Our coating inspection and failure analysis services include:

  • Damage assessment and expertise
  • Determination of surface roughness
  • Technical specifications
  • General technical assistance
  • Granulometric research
  • Loss assessment and repair advice
  • Periodic quality controls
  • Periodic technical inspections
  • Technical coating laboratory services
  • Technical coating research
  • Testing for conformity, compatibility and performance
  • Testing of coat thickness, hardness, adhesion, gloss and color
  • Training for coating supervisors

Contact us today to find out how our coating inspection and failure analysis can ensure your coating work is protecting your facility and prevent future failures.

Testing and Consulting in the Field of Heavy-duty Protective Coatings
Our clients include some of the world’s biggest Marine, Chemical, Oil and Gas, LNG and Insurance and Legal companies globally.

  • Review of coating specifications and guarantees;
  • Coating failure investigation and root cause analysis;
  • Expert analysis on flake sampling and coating failure inspection;
  • Identifying the key causes of coating breakdown via analytical testing
  • Expert witness work



Failure Analysis and Investigation of Protective Coatings in Mining, Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Chemical Plants, Energy Infrastructure and Bridges (Ask the Experts)

Critical Questions for Protective Coatings for Asset Protection in Oil & Gas, LNG:

  • Why is the coating not stopping corrosion?
  • Why is the coating delaminating or blistering?
  • Has the coating been correctly specified / applied?
  • Does the coating meet the manufacturing standard, including properties such as correct hardness/cure, adhesion and thickness?
  • What surface preparation and atmospheric conditions must be achieved to successfully apply the coating?
  • Does the coating have any defects in it? How will these affect performance?
  • Why did the coating fail? Root cause assessment.
  • How can the coating be successfully repaired/remediated so that it doesn’t fail again?

ExcelPlas Labs can answer these questions


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This newsletter is brought to you by ExcelPlas Coating Labs (http://www.excelplas.com/)

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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