Coating and Corrosion Expo is today

WESTON — The International Union Painters and Allied Trades District Council 53 will hold its seventh annual Coating and Corrosion Expo 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. today at the FTI Training Center, 117 Label Lane, Weston, to provide free training related to surface preparation and coating application.

“Corrosion costs U.S. households, businesses, and government agencies more than $300 billion each year,” said Brian Stanley of District Council 53. “That’s $1,100 for every man, woman and child in this country. Corrosion results in excessive maintenance/repair/replacement, lost production/down time, product contamination and loss of product.”

According to studies, there are five causes for most coating failures. Because people are behind every process, the root cause of nearly every coating failure is ultimately people, officials said. Therefore, proper training is essential.

Coating Application Specialist certification has been created through a joint effort by the Society for Protective Coatings and the Finishing Trades Institute which certifies experienced professionals in all areas, including theory of corrosion, surface preparation and coating application.

“The Coating and Corrosion Expo attempts to raise awareness of the cost of corrosion and provide education on how to prevent corrosion,” Stanley said. “We are offering four classes which provide information on how to prevent corrosion and mitigate the effects of corrosion. There is no cost involved with attending any of the four classes being offered.”

Exhibitors will be on hand to showcase their products and offer solutions to mitigate the effects of corrosion.