The coating inspector has a huge responsibility and is often a part of the quality assurance system. The main objective is to assure that the corrosion protection provides the best possible result and is according to the specification. By use of knowledge, instruments and experience a qualified inspector will fulfil this very important task. Sometimes inspectors may be used as experts for determining surface treated areas e.g. performing surveys, and in some cases used for evaluating specifications.

To be able to perform the job as a paint inspector a lot of basic knowledge is required. Among these:

  • Corrosion
  • Materials
  • Pre-treatment requirements
  • Paints and coatings
  • Application requirements
  • Health and safety issues
  • Specifications
  • Standards for surface preparation and inspections
  • Other corrosion preventing methods; hot dip galvanising, thermal spray, passive fire protection

The inspector must be updated in standards, specifications and new developments in the field of corrosion protection. A paint inspector has many duties and must be able to perform the following tasks