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Do it right from the start with help from a coating advisory firm

Discovering the wide range of available coatings and finding the right one for a specified project is not as straightforward as it may seem. It is not simply a matter of picking a paint and slapping it on, there are many factors and elements to take into account: a coating needs to be chosen considering the substrate, environment, use, and potential hazards, as well as factors such as film thickness and application method. To achieve optimal results, you should make use of professional coating advisory services.

In this article we will describe the various ways a coating advisor will assist you with your coating project, from initial assessment to specification and failure analysis. We will also include a list of coating advisory firms operating in the Emirates.


Make sure the coating advisory and consultant qualify

There are two main accreditation bodies operating in the UAE when it comes to coatings: NACE and ICorr. These are particularly important for coating advisory and coating inspections as they guarantee the expertise and skills of your consultant. Both of the bodies work on the basis of the international standards for the global coating industry. The standards are set by ASTM and ISO (International Organisation of Standardisation).  The differences between the two bodies are:

  1. The Corrosion Institute
    They provide a number of courses that enable paint inspectors to acquire the necessary qualifications to carry out inspections in the field. ICorr certification is recognised internationally, including the Emirates. The certificates are given in three levels; the highest level is level 3, and only they are trained and certified to write paint specifications for coatings projects. The ICorr levels correspond to the NACE levels.
  2. The National Association of Corrosion Engineers
    NACE – The NACE Protective Coating Specialist (PCS) and Coating Inspector Program (CIP) certifications have been setting the standard in the protective coatings industry for over 30 years. These programmes provide an international certification and produce the highest calibre of paint inspectors and specialists.

Coating advisory UAE: services suitable for your project

There are coating advisory companies and individuals operating in the Emirates If you would like more information about the right company for you, get in touch! Our experts are here to help. Below is a small sample of the coating consultants in the UAE.

Coating advisory firmSpecializationAddress
EIWAA Marine & Industrial ConsultancyGeneral industrial and architectural coating projectsP.O.Box: 41524 Sharjah, UAE (nationwide operations)
Ritespec Marine Coating ConsultantsMarine coating projectsP.O Box 113463, Dubai, UAE (nationwide operations)
SteelCorr Asset Integrity SolutionsGeneral industrial and architectural coating projectsP.O Box 38461, Dubai, UAE (nationwide operations)

6 reasons to contact a coating advisory firm

A coatings 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:

  1. Provide technical guidance about products, treatments, coatings, and services that will best suit your specification
  2. Recommend a complete coating solution
  3. Assist economically by selecting the most effective materials, coatings, and linings for the right price, and dealing with contractor bids
  4. Assist in creating a coating specification
  5. Conduct a site survey and provide an individual recommendation
  6. 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. A certified professional on site from the start is the best way to secure a long-lasting and effective coating system.

The services of a professional coating consultancy firm

The job of a coating consultant is a broad one. In order 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:

  • The design stage/design optimisation
    Analysing and assessing building plans to determine potential coating issues and find ways to deal with them is a solid part of coating advisory. A coating consultant also advises on how to best plan our project so as to minimise cost and maximise performance.
  • The planning stage/specifications
    Writing specifications, preparing documentation, selecting products, project management, field and laboratory testing are all part of a coating consultant’s portfolio.
  • drawings to be viewed by a coating consultancy firm

    Coating advisory is available from the planning and design phase on.

    The application stage
    This stage includes quality assurance testing, and assessing the application process from surface preparation to film thickness and environmental conditions.

  • Project delivery
    The final survey of the coating system and assurance that the job complies with the specification.
  • Failure analysis
    If the worst happens and something goes wrong, coating advisory companies also perform failure analysis and investigation.