Building Wall and Coating Condition Evaluation
presented by Ken Trimber and Kevin Brown, KTA-Tator, Inc.
Wednesday, May 21, 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Session: Good Practice in the Use of High Performance Coatings

The performance of coatings applied to cementitious building walls is a function of both the coating itself and the integrity of the building. This paper addresses the tests that can be conducted to assess both the condition of the coating and the building, including infrared thermal imaging; moisture testing of walls and insulation; examination of sealants, coping, scuppers, gutters, and downspouts; assessment of air infiltration and exfiltration; analysis of coating thickness, adhesion, and continuity (coverage, holidays, pinholes); determination of coating type; and assessing resistance to wind-driven rain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of air barriers in coating performance.
  • Identify methods for testing the moisture content of walls.
  • Identify methods of examining the condition of the coating
  • Recognize common building deficiencies that can reduce paint performance.

  • Speaker Bio:

    Kenneth A. Trimber is president of KTA-Tator Inc. He is a NACE Certified Coatings Inspector Level 3, is an SSPC Certified Protective Coatings Specialist, and is certified at a Level III coating inspection capability in accordance with ANSI N45.2.6. Trimber has 40 years of experience in coatings inspection, testing, and analysis, is a past president of the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC), and is chairman of the SSPC committees on Surface Preparation, Visual Standards, and Containment. He is also past chairman of ASTM D1 on Paints and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications. He is the author of The Industrial Lead Paint Removal Handbook and co-author of Volume 2 of the Handbook: Project Design.

    Trimber is chair of the newly formed SSPC Commercial Coatings Committee (Architectural, Commercial, Institutional). He was named Coatings Specialist of the Decade at the SSPC National Conference in 1990, and is also past technical editor of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.