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ADVERTORIAL


QUALITY CONSULTING


Chris Jackson of ACE looks at the importance of employing a coatings consultant


W


hy employ a coatings consultant? In times past a superyacht paint finish was principally assessed


simply by how it looked. This subjective assessment was usually made by the yacht’s captain and/or an owner’s representative. One problem with this approach is that the final finish says little about the integrity of the coatings beneath. A second issue was that applicators felt pressured into applying thinner, less durable paint films, which flowed better, in order to achieve a finer cosmetic result that might be considered acceptable.


However, unsurprisingly, with many people of varying levels of experience viewing paint in widely differing lighting conditions, and with mixed perceptions as to what is ‘acceptable’, the issue of final approval could be highly contentious.


These recurrent problems, coupled with numerous instances of coatings failures over the ensuing years, has led to the increased use


of technical coatings inspectors


to confirm that all coatings are being applied according to the manufacturers’ specifications, and meet pre-defined acceptance criteria.


These inspectors, typically from a commercial painting background, pioneered the use of precise instrumentation to measure final coatings thicknesses, gloss levels, DOI, etc, on luxury yachts. The idea behind this was to develop an objective set of numerical data values by which a paint finish can


To identify, understand, avoid or rectify such issues requires a level of expertise that can only be obtained through extensive hands-on experience. ACE provides the unique insight gained from over 25 years of actually applying these specialised coatings commercially, time and again and dealing with the many problems that occur.


At the very least, employing a coatings inspector will provide an independent set of data values which can be referenced as


be judged and so, hopefully, eliminate the many disagreements caused by subjective visual assessments.


Many of these inspectors possessed a great deal of expertise in measuring coatings on commercial ships, pipelines, structures or in the automotive industry but had to learn completely afresh with regard to the intricate processes of the hand faired and painted superyacht.


Measurement instruments provide data primarily for adhesion profiles, film thickness, and various aspects of the final gloss quality but offer very little with regard to the many other issues that may be present. Critical problems such as filler shrinkage, primer shrinkage, sanding marks, filling marks, former lines, spot filling, wipe marks, cratering, ghosting, contamination, and many others, cannot be adequately measured objectively and mean that a very high level of skill is required to accurately assess superyacht coating quality.


the coatings age. This data is invaluable during any future warranty discussions regarding the ageing of the finish.


In the case of a refit, ACE always suggest carrying out a pre-bid survey of the existing coatings to provide a reference point from which to define the extent of the re-paint necessary as well identify any less obvious issues which might otherwise result in unforeseen change order costs or delays.


ACE’s expertise allows them to quickly identify many subtle and hard to measure issues, which may become increasingly problematic in time; by employing ACE from the outset many costly pitfalls can be avoided. ACE offer practicable solutions to these issues, tailored for maximum benefit with minimum time and cost. ACE’s ongoing support throughout new build or refit coatings work reduces risks and costs by anticipating and avoiding many problems before they occur.


An application company’s workforce soon recognises and respects ACE’s knowledge as it is clear that ACE’s inspectors understand their job and will readily spot any application failings or shortcuts taken. It is widely accepted that ‘The certainty of being caught is a vastly more powerful deterrent than the punishment’. ACE provides that certainty.


For more details Tel: +44 (0)1326 251 019 or visit www.applied-ce.com


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