This article addresses proper surface preparation for structural steel. We all work hard to make the structures we design perform well for our customers. But in addition to meeting safety and serviceability requirements, appearance can also be an important measure of success. In order for primers and paints to work as intended, structural steel must go through a surface preparation process. Specifying the correct level of surface preparation is key to achieving the finished look you want.
Publication Date: 2008
Erika Winters-Downey, SE