Paint Inspection – Project: Westminster Bridge

Paint Inspection will be working with Up and Under on the Westminster Bridge (London)

Paint Inspection Ltd are pleased to be working with Up and Under on this iconic bridge. Our scope is to carry out a coating condition survey in accordance with Highways CM431.

We will access the underside using rope access.

The Importance of Paint for Vehicles

Paint Inspection | Why Painting For Vehicles Is Important For Their Structure

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Paint has been a fundamental asset for a variety of buildings and transport vehicles on a global scale. The understandable benefits of paint consist of its protective coating, which preserves interior and exterior surfaces. 

While that is a fact for interior homes, this is equally true for vehicles on a global scale. Considering the likelihood of damage that vehicles go through depending on their environment, vehicles can benefit more from effective paint coatings than any other residential or commercial assets around the world.

The Fundamentals of Pain for Vehicles

Painting provides more than just an attractive touch of colour for vehicles. The overall value of the painted car, aircraft, or sea vessel becomes much more desirable, prevents rust, and can even repair any scratches present.

Considering the type of environmental damage that vehicles go through – planes suffering from the sun, cars going through harsh weather, and even boats taking the pressure from the water, paint has some surprisingly beneficial properties for these types of vehicles.


Depending on the aircraft, aviation-based vehicles are normally painted every seven to eleven years. As most of the public has seen, the majority of transport airplanes that they can see are brightly coloured (commonly with a cream white paint). Most planes also contain painted logos and designs that make them distinct from one another.

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Importance of Paint for Aircrafts

The reason transport airplanes are mostly painted white is due to their reflective properties. As many might know, white is the colour that can optimally reflect sunlight.  

Airplanes are also exposed to sunlight for longer periods, with stronger sunlight emitted during flight. Because of this, white paint is chosen to best minimize features in the airplane, such as cabin heating. 

Due to the risks of flight, any type of damage can be considered high risk for planes. Therefore, white painting can be used to detect damage easily. The white coating is bright enough to allow engineers to identify any potential damage on the plane.


Painting is utilized on cars for both aesthetic and convenient purposes. Not only does paint damage affect the aesthetical presentation of your car, but the fundamental functions of the vehicle’s value are also affected.

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Importance of Paint for Cars

One of the most important features of car paint is its ability to reduce the chances of superficial damage such as corrosion or structural damage. Depending on the type of paint, cars can be protected from exterior damage as well, such as intense muddy waters and strong weather, similar to how paint protects air-based vehicles. 

In addition to external damage, optimal paint coatings for cars can also improve resale value for the future. A well-maintained coating for a car can boost the resale value in the same way that scratches, dings and other types of damage can decrease the car’s resale status.


Trucks incorporate heavy-duty paint for the same purposes as what paint would provide for cars. Beyond aesthetics, the tangible benefits of paint coatings for trucks are also protection from damage, as well as identification.

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Importance of Paint for Trucks

Paint coatings for trucks provide a barrier against potential risk from corrosion. Paint is also a key component of fleet maintenance, allowing life extension and requiring less maintenance. With the benefits, trucks will require less maintenance and therefore increase road time, and profitability in the long run. 

Paint coatings can also create a sense of distinction between trucks and their roles, depending on the type of brand they work for.  This can be applied for heavy-delivery trucks, fire trucks, and emergency vehicles too.


Boats, like air vehicles, are painted for protection from environmental factors. Boats can sometimes stay in the presence of sunlight for long periods, as well as face heavy water pressure when running.

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Importance of Paint for Boats

Boats utilize marine paint, which is a special type of paint specially designed for water vehicles (due to their waterproof properties). Marine-type paint coatings can help mitigate damage from various factors around the world, from the sea to the harsh sunlight. 

Marine paint coatings are also considerably brighter than common vehicle paint. This allows sea vehicles such as motorboats and possibly ferries to be seen more easily in case of emergencies.


Paint coating for automobile machines plays an important role in protecting, identifying, and providing various benefits for vehicles. Depending on the type of vehicle, paint coating offers a variety of advantages. 

In addition to this, paint maintenance has also become a primary factor in ensuring that vehicles are properly maintained for external damages. Corrosion in machinery can be easily applied without proper inspection and can lead to loss of functionality.
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Project: Poole Lifting Bridge

Paint Inspection Ltd are pleased to be involved in surveying the Poole Lifting Bridge.

Poole Lifting Bridge is a bascule bridge in Poole, Dorset. Constructed in 1927, the bridge provides a road link across Poole Harbour. The bridge provides a road link as part of the A350 road between Poole’s town centre and the suburb of Hamworthy.

The principal objective of this survey is to investigate the external paint condition on the steel members. The paint survey and testing shall be in accordance with DMRB CM 431 Maintenance painting of steelwork. 

Coronavirus and the Oil Industry: Has There Been An Impact?

When the Coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this year, many countries across the world were forced to close their borders and had to introduce lockdown restrictions within their nations. As a result of this, many countries imposed an air-travel ban and some even went as far as to tell their nation that they couldn’t travel a certain distance from their homes.

With the majority of citizens stuck indoors, and travel bans being strictly enforced, the travel industry took a massive hit as a result. Moreover, this had a knock-on effect on the oil industry, along with other non-renewable resources. This depletion in travel meant that oil consumption plummeted – especially in China – the world’s latest energy consumer, and there was an abrupt drop in oil’s value which led to a consequential price war.

But, eight months later how has the oil industry been impacted, and more importantly, what does its future look like?

The Oil Industry Before Coronavirus

In 2019, the global demand for crude oil, including biofuels amounted to 100.1 million barrels per day. Oil consumption grew by 0.9%, which was the equivalent of 0.9 million barrels per day (b/d), and China led the growth with 680,000 b/d. However, the demand for oil actually fell in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) by 290,000 b/d.

Furthermore, prior to March 2020, the world’s oil demand growth remained steady and a trend of slow growth was starting to emerge. However, no one could have predicted the abrupt events that would occur next. April 20th, 2020 was the first day in history where oil recorded negative prices, and within one day the US oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) fell from $17.85 at the start of the trading day to negative $37.63 by the close.

The Oil Industry During the First Wave of Coronavirus

By March this year, many countries across the world were facing their first wave of Coronavirus, and there was a loss of 1/3rd of global demand which was equivalent to more than 30 million barrels per day. 

Alongside this, OPEC and ten other oil-producing countries failed to come to an agreement on stable production levels and prices were down to 30%, resulting in a selloff in crude oil. Furthermore, the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp refining hub recorded an average loss of 1.28 U.S. dollars per barrel for WTI MEH cracking in the second quarter of 2020.

Statistic: Average monthly OPEC basket crude oil price from October 2019 to October 2020 (in U.S. dollars per barrel) | Statista
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The graph above highlights the average price per barrel before Covid, the price during the first wave and finally the most recent price as of October. The graph also highlights that although there is a growth in price from April 2020 to October 2020, it is very steady and growing at a slow pace. 

Therefore, despite the fact that many countries have lifted travel restrictions and returned to some sort of normality, the oil industry has been impacted so much so that eight months later it is still feeling the harsh effects. With that being said, according to data taken from Statista, it is projected that the decrease will average out to 91.3million barrels per day in 2020, in comparison to the 100.1 million barrels per day in 2019. 

The Future of the Oil Industry

This isn’t the first time that the crude oil industry has suffered like this. Both in 2008 and 2016, the oil sector faced low-price storms that saw a volatile market both times. However, during these periods, lessons were learned and producers and supply chains realised they had to adapt and change their ways if they were to survive. With that being said, perhaps there are many learning experiences to be taken away from this world-wide pandemic, just like there was back in 2008 and 2009. 

Furthermore, with many countries across the world returning to some sort of normality, travel restrictions have been lifted and crude oil production has resumed, meaning that a resurgence of oil demand is very likely heading into the first quarter of 2021. 

Alongside this, many of the world’s latest energy consumers, including China and India are predicted to make up for a lost time, which means the oil market could double or triple in demand to make up for the lost time. 

Finally, despite its recent devaluation, crude oil is still one of the most sought after commodities in the world today. Due to its versatility, it can be useful for many different industries including energy generation, transportation, farming and finally petrochemical production, to name a few, and because of this, will always be in demand as long as it lasts.


Making Your Workplace Lead-Safe

There are many actions that can be taken when looking for ways to increase workplace safety across all industries. Certain industries or work environments may require additional measures to ensure workers aren’t being exposed to elements such as lead. 

Risks of Working with Lead

Working with lead can put your health at risk and symptoms can include headaches, stomach pains and anaemia. There are, of course, more serious health risks such as infertility, kidney, nerve and brain damage. The Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 (CLAW) places a duty on employers to prevent exposure to lead. Where exposure to lead is not where this is not reasonably practical, the amount of exposure the employee is exposed to lead needs to be monitored.

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Paint Inspection Northern Manager Voted Chairman of Surface Treatment Governing Board

We are pleased to announce that our Northern Manager Keith Wagner MICorr, has been voted in as Chairman of the Surface Treatment Governing Board and Honorary Secretary of the Professional Development, Training and Certification Committee for The Institute of Corrosion”

We are sure Keith will fulfill the duties required “providing Technical experience and knowledge” to both Committees.

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