Tom Swan

Thomas Swan is Manager of M-TEST (Montipower–Test Equipment & Specialty Tool), a distributor of coating inspection, welding inspection and non-destructive testing equipment. He has been involved in the corrosion industry since 1977, specializing in chemical processes, water chemistry, and paints and coatings.

Swan has taught coating inspection training classes for several companies as well as for the Houston Coating Society. Previous professional roles include Equipment Sales Manager for CCI, Gulf Coast District Manager for KTA, and Technical Sales Rep for Ashland Chemical, Drew Industrial Division Houston Ship Channel, Baytown and Freeport.

His technical articles have appeared in a number of journals such as Materials Performance, Chemical Engineering Progress, World Pipeline and SpecSource Global. A past President of the Houston Coating Society, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BSc in Meteorology.

Articles by Tom Swan


Tools & Tips: Holiday Detection on Coated Steel & Concrete Substrates Tools & Tips: Holiday Detection on Coated Steel & Concrete Substrates Tools & Tips: Holiday Detection on Coated Steel & Concrete Substrates Tools & Tips: Holiday Detection on Coated Steel & Concrete Substrates


A coating inspector offers tips on using low voltage and high voltage testers to find coating pinholes (holidays) on painted metallic...

The Role of Soluble Salts in Osmotic Blistering The Role of Soluble Salts in Osmotic Blistering The Role of Soluble Salts in Osmotic Blistering The Role of Soluble Salts in Osmotic Blistering


In the coatings industry, there is a continued misunderstanding of the true process of osmotic blistering, and the best methods to test for...

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