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I came across a very knowledgable corrosion expert who has a business called
Diversified Corrosion Technologies. His name is Robert Olmstead and he is
located in the pacific northwest. Here are some numbers to contact him with:
phone: 252-874-9675
fax: 253-838-7084
cell: 253-670-1041

I hope this information helps. I also have information on how to get on 2
list servers that may help you. One is for the Steel Structures Painting
Council and the other is for the National Association of Corrosion
Engineers. Let me know if you would like this information. I hope this

Eric Skarin 

-----Original Message-----
From: Brennan Johnson [mailto:BJohnson(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 1999 5:45 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)

I am currently involved in condition assessments of some tilt-up warehouse
buildings in Los Angeles that are all about 20 years old.  We have noticed
in many of the buildings that there is corrosion staining on some of the
joist hangers and other roof framing hardware.  In some cases the staining
is more severe than others; from ground level it does not appear that there
is a significant amount of cross section loss due to corrosion.  All of the
buildings have insulating foil.

Our initial thought is that the corrosion is due to the foil trapping
moisture from either condensation or roof leaks.  We are thinking that if
the foil is replaced with a breathable material and the hardware is
cleaned, then future corrosion will be slowed and it is thus not a serious
problem (I do think that a few localized repairs and replacements will be
necessary though).  However, we have conflicting reports indicating that it
may also be necessary to repaint all of the hardware in order to stop
future corrosion.

We have seen similar corrosion problems in past projects, but we are still
trying to assess the root causes and the effectiveness of remediation
measures.  It seems like this might be a fairly common issue.  Does anybody
have experience assessing a similar problem?  How serious of a problem is
it?  If we opt not to paint all of the hardware (just clean it and remove
the surrounding foil) will the corrosion (and staining) reappear?  Will
painting (with a coating such as Rust-Oleum) stop all future corrosion?

All input would be greatly appreciated.  Further, does anyone know of a
"corrosion engineer" that may have experience in this area, and be able to
give some specific technical data?

Thank you.

Brennan Johnson
EQE International
Irvine, CA