STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - August 1, 2017
Vehicles sporting PPG finishes drew enthusiastic crowds at the 20th annual Goodguys PPG Nationals held July 7–9 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. Tens of thousands of visitors braved a day and a half of wind, rain, thunder and lightning before the weather cleared and the sun shone on the more than 6,000 gleaming custom cars and trucks on display. While every vehicle on the Expo grounds was a genuine eye-catcher, several PPG-painted cars and a unique truck stood out and captured key honors in several highly competitive categories including the PPG Dream Pick awards, Street Machine of the Year, Street Rod of the Year and Truck of the Year.

The PPG Dream Pick awards are given to the two cars or trucks that best demonstrate the outstanding use of color, design, gloss and execution in a paint job. Competition for this honor is always tough with custom car painters and builders pulling out all the stops for this much sought-after accolade. This year’s awards went to a 1962 Corvette owned by Jennifer and Steve Ketteler of Spring, Texas, and a 1951 Ford owned by Bruce Leven of Auburn, Washington.
 

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PPG Dream Pick: 1962 Corevette.

Randy Borcherding and the team at Painthouse in Cypress, Texas, get the credit for the ’Vette’s lustrous paint job. Borcherding used PPG DELTRON® custom-mixed DBC2000 Basecoat, DP90LF Non-Sanding Epoxy Primer Black and CONCEPT® DCU2021 Urethane Clear to create the exclusive “Dark Maroondy Pearl” finish—a finish that is ten years old and still looks as though it was just done yesterday.

 

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PPG Dream Pick: 1951 Ford.

Leven’s ’51 Ford was built by Craig Wick at Wicked Fabrication and painted by John Byers of Byers Custom, both in Auburn, Wash. Byers used Deltron brand products DPS V-PRIME® Acrylic Urethane Surfacer, DBC2000 Basecoat, and DP90LF Non-Sanding Epoxy Primer Black along with GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM® D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat and custom toners to give the car its distinctive gray-blue finish.

 

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Street Machine of the Year:  1969 Camaro

The 2017 Street Machine of the Year award was captured by “Inferno,” a bright yellow 1969 Camaro owned by John Wilkus of Lakeville, Minn. The Camaro was built and painted by the talented team at the Roadster Shop, Mundelein, Ill., under the direction of owners Jeremy and Phil Gerber. Inferno blends styling, power and an expert paint job by Alan Palmer. He used ENVIROBASE® High Performance waterborne basecoat, Global Refinish System D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat, OEM toners McLaren Volcano Yellow (code 937178) and Ferrari Argento Nurburgring (code 36520), and Deltron DMD1683 Basecoat Black toner to give the car its award-winning finish.

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Street Rod of the Year:1932 Ford

A 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan owned by George Poteet, Memphis, Tenn., and built by the capable craftsmen at Johnson’s Hot Road Shop in Gadsden, Ala., was named the Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year. Greg Chalcraft and Wesley Johnson did the elegant bodywork. Chalcraft also painted the Ford and gave it a rich, deep black finish using VIBRANCE COLLECTION® VP2050 DTM High Build Primer, Deltron DP90LF Non-Sanding Epoxy Primer Black and DBC9700 Basecoat Black along with Global Refinish System D8115 Matte Clearcoat, D8117 Semi-Gloss Clearcoat and D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat.

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Truck of the Year Late Finalist:1966 Chevrolet C-10

Roger Burman of Lakeside Rods & Rides in Rockwell City, Iowa, bagged the 2017 Truck of the Year Late Finalist award (sponsored by LMC Truck) for a 1966 Chevrolet C-10, dubbed “Unruly,” that he built for Randy Marston, Parksville, B.C., Canada. To get the dazzling finish, Burman used Envirobase High Performance waterborne basecoat, Deltron DP50LV Low VOC Epoxy Primer – Gray and DPS3055 V-Prime Acrylic Urethane Primer – Gray and Global Refinish System D8115 Matte Clearcoat and D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat. The toners used were Lexus Atomic Silver (code 935576) and Citrinbraun. Burman proudly pointed out that this was the first time the shop used a waterborne basecoat. Winning this award puts the truck in the Truck of the Year finals later this summer.

With more than 70,000 active members, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is one of the world’s largest rod and custom associations. The organization produces dynamic and well-attended automotive events across the country including the national show in Columbus, Ohio. PPG is the official paint supplier to the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. PPG exhibits at all national and many regional Goodguys events displaying the latest automotive refinish products, hottest colors and custom tones, unique pigments and special-effect finishes available in the Envirobase High Performance, Vibrance Collection, Deltron and other PPG brands.


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - August 2, 2017  PPG displayed its continued support for Speedway Children’s Charities’ (SCC) fundraising efforts by teaming up with the national organization’s New Hampshire chapter for its annual Track Walk on Saturday, July 15, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. SCC provides funding for hundreds of nonprofit organizations that meet the direct educational, medical, social and financial needs of children. The walk was part of a NASCAR weekend of auto racing that included the XFINITY Series Overton’s 200 Saturday afternoon and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 301 on Sunday. According to Cheryl LaPrade, director of the local chapter, the event drew 250 walkers and raised almost $16,000 for the chapter. In addition to the walk, the SCC’s Red Bucket Brigade—a crew of 100 volunteers carrying red buckets decorated with the PPG logo—walked through the stands during Sunday’s race and collected $21,500 in contributions.

For the third year in a row, popular Team Penske NASCAR driver Joey Logano, a New England native, led the walkers around the track. “I love being here and doing this,” said Logano. “PPG and the Speedway Children’s Charities work together so well to help kids in need. The fans out here are terrific, and it’s an honor to meet so many of them while we’re all doing something that’s a lot of fun and can really help change a child’s life for the better.”

Also on the track were longtime SCC supporters Dick Berggren and SCC’s executive director Maj. Gen. Chuck Swannack along with Krista Voda from NBC Sports Group.

PPG is the sole sponsor of the charity’s Track Walk and has been a major promotor of SCC activities since 2009. “We are very proud of our relationship with Speedway Children’s Charities,” said Mike Patenaude, PPG regional sales manager. “It’s heartwarming to know that we’re doing a lot of good here, something that goes beyond dollars and cents. This organization works so hard to help kids live better lives, and what comes out of it makes you beam with joy.”

LaPrade echoed Patenaude’s remarks. “PPG has been one hundred percent committed ever since we began working together,” she said. “Their support allows us to make a positive impact on the lives of children throughout the New England area. More than $118,000 has been raised for SCC since PPG got involved. We are very grateful for that.”

SCC is based in Charlotte, N.C., and was founded by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., (SMI) and Sonic Automotive, in 1982 as a tribute to his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who died at a young age. The elder Smith was passionate about helping children in need and established SCC to support charities in communities around his SMI racetracks. SCC annually supports more than 400 organizations across the United States with generous grants through its eight chapters. Each chapter determines and addresses the needs of its surrounding communities and local organizations. Since its start, SCC has funded thousands of organizations that help children lead productive lives.


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – August 8, 2017
PPG has introduced Nexa Autocolor P190-6920 Production Clearcoat, an easy-to-use clearcoat designed for exceptional throughput and engineered specifically for use over AQUABASE® Plus waterborne basecoat. The new clearcoat is now available throughout the United States and Canada and is compliant with VOC requirements in all regions of North America.

“The launch of P190-6920 Production Clearcoat marks a significant advance in automotive refinish technology,” said Tim Jones, PPG manager, water collision segment, automotive refinish. “We’ve formulated this premium clearcoat to match perfectly with Aquabase Plus and deliver the exceptional finishes PPG customers expect. Collision centers incorporating P190-6920 into their system will appreciate the fast process times and energy-saving qualities that can increase productivity and provide consistently beautiful results.”

Jones added that P190-6920 allows easy application by utilizing the same hardener and thinners as the popular Nexa Autocolor clearcoats P190-6930 and P190-6950. Further, he noted that P190-6920 allows exceptional throughput on repairs up to four panels, with a minimal bake time of just twenty minutes. The clearcoat features an energy-saving lower force-dry temperature of 120°F and is a time-saver in the booth: Panels coated with P190-6920 can be reassembled after an air-dry period of 90 minutes to two hours. The process ultimately yields an excellent appearance out of bake, with no polishing required and superb gloss retention.

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At PPG (NYSE: PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.3 billion in 2016. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – August 10, 2017
PPG EC520 En-V® High Production Clearcoat, a state-of-the-art clearcoat designed expressly for use with ENVIROBASE® High Performance basecoat, has made its debut. Introduced by Tim Jones, PPG manager, water collision segment, automotive refinish, the new clearcoat has been added to the PPG En-V brand lineup of clearcoats and is now available throughout the United States and Canada.

EC520 features an advanced resin technology designed for use with waterborne basecoats and is intended to provide the performance demanded by high-production collision centers, with no compromise in finish quality. It is formulated to comply with requirements in all North American regions.

“If exceptional quality and high efficiency in a clearcoat are something a collision center wants, then EC520 deserves a close look,” said Jones. “This new En-V clearcoat—the latest addition to our versatile En-V platform—has been engineered to ensure easy use, generate superior productivity and yield dependable high-level results. We’re very excited about offering it, and I believe our customers will be very pleased with how it performs.”

Ideal for multi-panel repairs, EC520 is designed with the newest En-V platform resin and provides impressive gloss retention and film integrity. A fast bake cycle heightens productivity. The clear force-dries at temperatures as low as 120ºF in as little as 20 minutes. If air drying, EC520 is ready for assembly in only 90 minutes to two hours and can be buffed after cool-down. Polishing is not normally required. A beautiful appearance with impressive gloss retention is the result. For added convenience and efficiency, EC520 uses the same hardeners and reducers as EC530 and EC550.

PPG: WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD™
At PPG (NYSE: PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.3 billion in 2016. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

The PPG Logo, En-V and Envirobase are registered trademarks and We protect and beautify the world is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.



Incorporating breakthrough, proprietary resin technology, PPG’s En-V® lineup of premium clearcoats allows you to select the right clearcoat for the specific job while raising the industry bar for meeting these performance criteria.

En-V clears are specifically engineered to go over and work beautifully with the industry-leading ENVIROBASE® High Performance waterborne basecoat system and consists of three premium clears that can be used anywhere in the US and Canada. Let’s take look at the features and benefits of each.

EC520 En-V High Production Clearcoat

EC520 En-V High Production Clearcoat is the “speed” clear of the line, delivering the fast throughput demanded by high-production collision centers, while still providing impressive gloss retention. It is designed for use in one-to-three panel repairs. As the line’s fastest clearcoat, it can be forced dried in as little 20 minutes at temperatures as low as 120° F. If air drying, EC520 takes only 90 to 120 minutes to reassemble, and polishing normally isn't necessary.

EC530 En-V Performance Clearcoat

EC530 En-V Performance Clearcoat is also a high production clear designed for multi-panel repairs. It features a short bake cycle of 25 minutes at 140°F. Or when desired, it can air dry in 4 hours. In addition to excellent throughput on multiple panels, EC530 offers the ability to do “completes” in cool and mid-range temperatures. Gloss retention is outstanding for a production clearcoat. Again, polishing is not necessary.

EC550 En-V Ultra Gloss Clearcoat

EC550 En-V Ultra Gloss Clearcoat is engineered to deliver super premium appearance on today’s luxury vehicles or whenever ultimate gloss is desired. Offering superb flow and leveling, EC550 can be used for multiple panels but also for “overall” clearcoat jobs. Ultimate gloss and leveling requires a clear to “stay open”-- and it’s this key feature that makes EC550 the “go to” clear to use in hot weather and humid conditions, even when painting completes. EC550 force dries in 35 minutes…and no polishing is required.

The En-V clearcoat line-up features 3 premium products setting the standard for performance and appearance – with the flexibility to select the right product for the conditions at hand and to maximize a shops productivity.

Now, one universal hardener and four temperature-specific reducers are designed to work specifically with En-V series clears:

  • ECR65 Low Temp Reducer
  • ECR75 Mid Temp Reducer
  • ECR85 High Temp Reducer
  • ECR98 Hot and Humid Reducer

With this choice of reducers, painters can select the one that works best for the temperature and humidity of the shop – cool, warm or hot. For simplicity, the 3-to-1-to-1 mix ratio is the same, no matter which reducer you choose.

PPG’s En-V clearcoats are specifically engineered for the Envirobase High Performance waterborne basecoat system that can be used anywhere in the United States and Canada to achieve superior color match performance. The En-V lineup of premium clearcoats with advanced resin technology bridge the gap between throughput and appearance, offering a solution for every type of refinishing, from spot repair to overalls in all temperature conditions.



PPG's 2017 MVP Business Solutions Conference featured a panel of OEM experts including Mark Allen from Audi, Eric Mendoza from Toyota, Richard Salceda from Mazda, and Doug Kelly from Collision Diagnostic Services (asTech™). The panel discussed the challenges facing the automotive industry today and the importance of proper repair procedures, as well as how technicians can get the training needed to perform the repairs.

The number of onboard systems on today’s vehicles can range in the hundreds, any of which can be affected by a collision, including the repair process itself. Meanwhile re-calibration, diagnostics, and body repair procedures are becoming more specific and individualized for each make and model.

Listen to what this panel of experts say as they take a deeper dive into the challenges they see today and in the future for collision shops in every aspect of repair.


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