This guide is an introduction to specific reference standards and test procedures related to surface preparation, application, testing, and maintenance of coatings. Explanations and procedures of reference standards cited within this guide are abbreviated to develop a working basis. The user is encouraged to read reference standards and coating manuals for a more thorough understanding. The guide focuses on new construction coatings, existing infrastructure coating maintenance, and galvanized coatings of ferrous substrates for metalwork items coated in the field. In general, this guide follows the Bureau of Reclamation's coating guide specifications.