395 Anchor Rd, Unit 23

Hamilton, ON L8W 0C7

38B Bigwin Rd, Unit 2A

Hamilton, ON L8W 3R4

Third-Party Coating Inspections

Are You in Need of a Coating Inspector in Canada?

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The Importance of Third-Party Coating Inspection

The coating on your asset is much like the foundation of your home, if the coating fails, the whole asset can fail to work as intended. Hiring a professional third-party Coating Inspector is your insurance that everything was done properly and to the exact specifications. Third-party coating inspection services are an essential part of any industrial refinishing and coating project. These inspections ensure that the coating will be able to withstand a harsh environment, adhere to regulatory standards, and perform as expected. Coating inspections can include testing the thickness of the coating, inspecting the surface for defects, and verifying that the coating meets the specifications set by the customer.

Are all Inspectors the Same?

A common misperception is that if the certified coatings inspector doesn’t work for your company, then this satisfies the requirement for a third party. An area to be cautious of when hiring a coatings inspector is to ensure that there is no bias present that may encourage or open the door to an inspector passing on a defect because they have a vested interest in ensuring the coating passes inspection. A true third-party Inspector is there to verify the procedures were followed, bring forward any deviations to the process or conditions, and ensure that the coating was applied exactly as required.

Our coating inspections provide an essential service in the world of manufacturing, industrial construction, and maintenance. They help to ensure that all applicable regulations are being followed while also guaranteeing a quality finish on the part or component being coated. By doing so, they not only protect your investment but also protect the environment around you. 

Third-Party Coating Inspection: Why It's Essential

Expertise and Objectivity

Our third-party coating inspections are carried out by certified inspectors with a deep understanding of industry standards and the latest coating technologies. This expertise ensures that your coating applications meet all required specifications and performance criteria. Our objective assessments provide you with peace of mind, knowing that your assets are protected by the highest standards.

Comprehensive Evaluation

We conduct thorough inspections covering every aspect of the coating process—from surface preparation to the final application. This includes adhesion testing, dry film thickness measurement, and holiday testing, among other services. Our holistic approach identifies potential issues before they become costly problems, ensuring the longevity and durability of your coatings.

Customized Recommendations

Based on our findings, we provide detailed reports and customized recommendations tailored to your specific needs. Whether it’s selecting the right coating materials or devising a maintenance plan, our goal is to offer solutions that enhance protection and reduce long-term costs.

Preventative Maintenance

By identifying and addressing coating defects early, our third-party inspections play a crucial role in preventative maintenance strategies. This proactive approach helps avoid downtime, extends the service life of your assets, and ensures compliance with regulatory standards.

Quality Assurance and Compliance

Our third-party coating inspections are an essential component of quality assurance programs, ensuring that all coatings are applied correctly and efficiently. We help you comply with industry standards and regulations, minimizing the risk of non-compliance penalties.

Our Services Include:

  • Adhesion Testing: Evaluating the bond strength between the coating and substrate.

  • Dry Film Thickness Test (DFT): Measuring the thickness of the coating to ensure it meets specified parameters.

  • Holiday Testing: Detecting discontinuities or “holidays” in a non-conductive coating film.

  • NACE/AMPP Inspection: Utilizing inspectors certified by the global leaders in corrosion control standards.

Industries We Serve

Our third-party coating inspection services cater to a wide range of industries, including but not limited to:

  • Oil & Gas

  • Marine

  • Nuclear

  • Rail

  • Pipeline and Underground Systems

  • Water & Wastewater

  • Highways & Bridges

  • Military

  • Amusement Parks & Attractions

Each industry presents unique challenges, and our team is equipped with the knowledge and tools to address the specific needs of each sector. We work closely with our clients to ensure their assets are protected against corrosion and wear, thereby extending their lifespan and optimizing performance.

Identifying small coatings problems before they turn into giant work-stopping problems is paramount to avoiding downtime and keeping our customers satisfied.

Our process

our coating inspection process

We have a tried and true methodology for assessing and prevention corrosion through our ISO-standardized and client-customized workflow.



A maintenance survey determines the coating conditions of a surface. Surveys are used to create a maintenance schedule for re-coating and touch-up applications.



The Coating Inspector performs testing for a wide range of coating applications. We test for conformity, compatibility, performance, coat thickness, hardness, adhesion, and finishes.



Once testing has been completed, we provide our detailed recommendations in a report. This ensures that all aspects of the survey are considered and addressed.


Coating Specifications

All jobs are conducted according to industry standards: NACE/AMPP, ISO 9001:2015 and CSA/SSPC in Canada, ASTM and ISO for international clients.


our team

The Coating Inspector works with contractors, owners, and engineers. We are a third party unbiased leader in the provision of professional coating inspection services.


blasting & painting

The Coating Inspector provides supervision and project management in the sandblasting, painting and coatings industry.

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Our Services

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We check industrial equipment to ensure protective coatings were correctly applied to minimize corrosion risk. Our inspectors go through rigorous training to identify problems in coating applications. They can make recommendations for which types of coatings can best protect the materials from corroding.

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A coatings survey provides a sense of how a coating is currently performing and identifies any problems that need to be addressed immediately. The survey provides the next steps to be undertaken. Surveys are a necessary part of an ongoing maintenance plan and should be performed on a regular basis.

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This is the qualitative test of the adhesion coating system. This test will only give allow to ensure there is an adequate bond to the coated substrate. This test does not differentiate between levels of bonding. Adhesion testing is used to evaluate the adhesion to the substrate, in between coats, and internal film.

Coating inspection services

To determine the quality of the protective coating our inspector will measure dry film thickness or DFT. Considered one of the most important tests an inspector can make. DFT test serves as a foundation for the entire coating inspection,.

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We create custom maintenance programs that identify areas to be surveyed, the level of detail required, and manpower that will be required to execute. We determine the data that will be taken and format to be used to ensure consistent judging criteria.

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The Coating Inspector can conduct a non-destructive High Voltage Holiday Testing to find any voids and failures. This is possible due to electrical charge that flows through protective coating. Invest in hiring one of the top-rated AMPP  inspectors in the world. 

your third-party Coating Inspector

Choosing The Coating Inspector for your third-party coating inspection needs means partnering with a team committed to excellence, safety, and integrity. Our certified inspectors bring unparalleled expertise and dedication to each project, ensuring your assets receive the best possible protection. With a focus on customer satisfaction, we strive to exceed expectations through quality service, timely delivery, and innovative solutions.

To find out how The Coating Inspector can help you protect your assets, contact us.


why us

Hire the Right Coating Inspector in Canada

Do you have existing corrosion, or are looking to prevent costly equipment failure? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Contact us today to get a consultation.

The Coating Inspector is ISO certified, something few competitors can offer. We also have extensive reviews, decades of combined experience and the most highly trained coating inspectors in the industry.

What is an ISO Certification?

“Certification to ISO 45001 demonstrates an organisations commitment to a safer working environment and the protection of employees against injury at work.

ISO 45001 certified organisations have identified and operate to regulatory requirements through enforcing procedures for compliance with legislation. Improved identification of hazards and risk management, involving all levels of the organisation through setting objectives, targets and documented responsibilities are recognised by regulators as a commitment to safe working conditions and continuous improvement.”

Source: https://www.qas-international….

QAS ISO certifies strict compliance procedures to legislative and standard compliances.

We have been certified in continuous improvement and service to our compliance.

We are commited to impeccable client service & employee safety.


The AMPP (Formerly know as The National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)) is a globally recognized certification body to certify and train corrosion engineers.

With over 36,000 members globally, it is the most recognized trade association of corrosion inspectors to ensure industry standards in the coating inspection industry.

Established in 1943, it serves to train corrosion inspectors, enforce industry standards, certify engineers, publish and research corrosion inspection techniques and journals, as well as provide a standardized approach to corrosion inspection and prevention.

NACE “equips society to protect people, assets and the environment from the adverse effects of corrosion.”

Every project, business and industrial assets are unique. Depending on the scope of work, location and amount of inspectors or work hours required for your project, the cost can vary. 

However, The Coating Inspector is committed to saving your business time, money and assets. The cost of equipment breakdown, shutdown or repair delays can cost your business far more resources than preventative maintenance, work and inspection.

Call, email or contact us via the form below with a bit more of information about your business. From there we’ll consult with you regarding your unique corrosion prevention requirements. 

From there we’ll provide you a comprehensive quote and scope of work, and then begin working together with you to keep your facility and equipment in top working area.

Primarily all across Canada and globally (depending on the project).