The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is offering a webinar, “Specifying Soluble Salt Contamination Thresholds to Prevent Premature Coating Failures,” at 2 p.m. Oct. 19.
In announcing plans for the program, CSI said construction professionals have long relied on visual standards for quality control, but recent changes in VOC-compliant coatings and the elimination of lead-containing coatings requires consideration of non-visible soluble-salt contaminants in specifying.
The institute said Industry surveys suggest that nearly two-thirds of all coating failures are directly related to soluble salts, while confusion about proper remediation persists.
The webinar is designed to facilitate understanding of how to incorporate text and references into specifications to prevent premature coating failures on projects; use best practices to reduce liability and the potential for construction claims based on QC failure; and improve the contractor’s understanding of the specifier’s expectations.
CSI said learning objectives for the program are the following:
• Understand what soluble salts are and where they come from so that these non-visible contaminants can be properly addressed in the Surface Preparation and other key sections.
• Apply CSI formats and principles to the special requirements of proper surface preparation in the various ways that need to avoid re-contamination at the job site.
• Incorporate Best Practices of third-party inspections and documentation to reduce product liability and the potential for construction claims consistently and with quality.
• Learn which soluble-salt measurement techniques are valid and which methods should be avoided that as guesses will cost either unnecessary cleaning or a create a false sense of cleanliness.
• You will be able to train your sales team to use Best Practice efforts specifications as marketing collateral.
More information and registration: CSI webinar.