A sparkling red 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II dubbed “Scarlet Lady,” owned by Chris and Lori Ryan, captured the prestigious Winfield Award at the 19th annual PPG Syracuse Nationals held July 20–22 at the New York State Fairgrounds. The Winfield Award, a much sought-after honor, is given to the car that best represents custom car excellence.

A highly accomplished hands-on custom car builder, Chris built and painted Scarlet Lady at his shop, Ryan’s Rod & Kustom in Ninety Six, South Carolina. Chris used several PPG Deltron® and Vibrance Collection® products including Crystallance® Glass Flake Collection Obsession 936717 Tri-coat, Radiance® II candy colors DMX212 Red (Yellow Shade), along with DMX214 Red Violet and Crystallance® VM4501 Silver to give the car its powerful, award-winning, red glass-flake finish.

Scarlet Lady is no stranger to awards, having caught the judges’ eyes at other major shows this year. In March, the car made the Great Eight field of finalists for the Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama, took a Builder’s Choice award at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus last month and won the KKOA 777 America’s Top Kustom award at Salina, Kansas, July 29.

The Winfield Award was established in 2010 by master car designer and builder Gene Winfield. A recipient of the National Hot Rod Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Winfield has more than 60 years of experience in custom hot rod fabrication, land speed and oval track racing. The Winfield Award is an exceptional honor in the custom car world. Entrants for the award are required to provide a list of enhancements made to their respective vehicles in the customizing process. In Scarlet Lady’s case, enhancements comprised a completely reshaped body, a Ford Coyote 5.0 engine and 6R80 transmission powertrain, tuck and rolled interior, and that gleaming PPG finish. In the judging process, Winfield first chooses a group of finalists, the “Select Six,” from an initial field of dozens of candidates. His ultimate award winner receives a custom trophy, jacket and $10,000 along with Winfield bragging rights. The remaining five finalists receive a trophy, jacket and $1,000 each.

The annual PPG Syracuse Nationals is regarded as the premier car show in the Northeast, drawing thousands of cars and trucks and an estimated 90,000 enthusiasts from across the United States and Canada to the festive, family-oriented event.


For the 10th year in a row, PPG (NYSE:PPG) served as the sole sponsor of the Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) New Hampshire chapter’s Track Walk fundraising event and generated nearly $25,000 to help fund the organization’s benevolent activities. SCC provides funding for hundreds of nonprofit organizations that meet the direct educational, medical, social and financial needs of children, and the Track Walk is a major source of support.

This year, the Track Walk took place on Saturday evening, July 21, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Louden during a NASCAR racing weekend that included an XFINITY Series race Saturday afternoon and a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday.

More than 180 participants, led by NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney, walked the one-mile track on a clear, cool evening. SCC’s executive director Gen. Chuck Swannack and longtime SCC supporter and retired sports commentator Dick Berggren also joined in. Blaney took time to mingle with the walkers and boost the crowd’s enthusiasm for the event.

Ryan Blaney attends Track Walk
NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney (center) among the walkers at the
Speedway Children’s Charities Track Walk (photo courtesy of Scott Patten Photography)
 

“I loved this entire experience,” said Blaney. “It was exciting to walk and talk with racing fans and to know that we were raising money for an exceptional cause. It’s got to make you feel good. What we were doing will eventually help make a big difference in a child’s life. How could you not get excited about this?”

The walk itself raised just under $9,000 for SCC. In addition, the SCC’s Red Bucket Brigade — a crew of 30 volunteers carrying red buckets decorated with the PPG logo — walked through the stands during Sunday’s race and collected $16,000 in additional contributions.

“PPG has been a key supporter of this event and our chapter in general,” said Hillarie Scott, director of the SCC New Hampshire chapter. “The company’s participation has been an important factor in the success of this annual event. In fact, we’ve raised more than $143,000 ever since PPG got involved. And we offer a very sincere thank you for that.”

“This is something PPG cares about,” said Mike Patenaude, PPG regional sales manager. “Working with SCC on the Track Walk is fun and rewarding. This is an organization that truly cares about kids in the community and does all it can to improve their lives. We’re happy to be a part of it.”

For more information about Speedway Children’s Charities, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.


A new poster featuring a 1963 Chevy truck dubbed "Shadow" painted by Jeremy Seanor, PPG training instructor, is now available through online ordering.

New Shadow Poster
Part Number: EHPPOSJS


Owned by Marc Mullin, the custom truck pays tribute to his father, Art, who operated a repair shop where Marc worked under his shadow learning the automotive business.

Jeremy helped his good friend complete the homage by using Envirobase® High Performance products to create custom-mixed basecoat colors "Art of Orange" Pearl for the body and White Diamond Pearl for the roof.


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, August 23, 2018
A striking PPG-painted 1933 Ford Roadster named “Renaissance Roadster” took home the top award at the recent Hot August Nights classic car competition in Reno, Nevada. The Hot August Nights Cup, equal to a best-in-show award, is the ultimate prize in the annual festival — a dynamic mix of car show, music and entertainment — that was held August 7–12 in Reno and Sparks, Nevada. The award was announced August 11 in downtown Reno. In addition to the top prize, PPG cars took second and third place in the competition.


Hot August Nights Cup Winner: 1933 Ford Roadster
 

Renaissance Roadster is owned by Buddy Jordan of San Antonio, Texas, and was built by Steve Frisbie and his team at Steve’s Auto Restorations in Portland, Oregon. The original design for the roadster came from a sketch by designer Chris Ito with additional inspiration from Frisbie and designer David Brost. The Frisbie team used aluminum and steel shaped from flat metal stock to bring the roadster to life and prepare it for a stunning candy-apple red and black paint job. Jay Spencer sprayed PPG products to give the Ford its dazzling finish. These included Deltron® 2000 DBC9700 Basecoat Black, DCU2021 Concept® Urethane Clear, DMD1696 Coarse Silver Dollar Aluminum, Vibrance Collection® Radiance® II DMX214 Red Violet and DMX213 Red (Blue Shade) and Crystallance® VM4501 Silver. Renaissance Roadster is well acquainted with top honors: It was the Ridler Award winner at the 2017 Detroit Autorama.


Second-place Winner: 1967 Chevy Camaro SS
 

Second place was claimed by “Nickleback,” a 1967 Chevy Camaro SS owned by Chris and Greg Allen of Selbyville, Delaware. The car was built by Eddie Denkenberger at his shop, Superior Auto Works, in Frederica, Delaware, where he offers comprehensive bumper-to-bumper customizing services. Nickleback sports a gleaming combination of custom colors: Sandstone Gold and Lava Rock with Harvest Gold pinstripes. Denkenberger did his own work spraying PPG’s Envirobase® High Performance basecoat and Vibrance Collection® VC5700 Ditzler® Custom Clear. The tri-color combination caught the judges’ attention.


Third-place Winner: 1957 Ford Custom 300 Two-door Sedan
 

A 1957 Ford Custom 300 two-door sedan — built by Craig Wick at Wicked Fabrication and painted by Jon Byers of Byers Custom & Restoration, both in Auburn, Washington — netted third place. The Ford, owned by Gary McKay of Tacoma, featured a deep, rich green finish that Byers achieved using Deltron® DP90LF Non Sanding Epoxy Primer Black, K36 Acrylic Urethane Primer Surfacer, PPG code 4235 Polo Green Metallic and DCU2002 Concept® High Solids Polyurethane Clear. It all worked to give the Ford a sophisticated and winning look.

Hot August Nights is a premier classic car event, annually drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants to northern Nevada to revel in nostalgia, enjoy entertainers from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s and see an array of classic and custom cars and trucks. The Hot August Nights Cup competition is intense: Only 20 elite cars from across the country were accepted for the 2018 contest and a chance to win more than $82,000 in cash and prizes. Each entry underwent the scrutiny of three tough judges: Steve Mank, whose custom automobiles have appeared in several movies including Knight Rider and The A-Team; Reggie Tibbetts, judge and manager of numerous automotive events; and Search and Restore on-camera personality Eddie Potestio. The judges narrowed the field to the top five contestants. It was this final group from which the PPG cars were selected.


We're pleased to announce that we have added to the selection of LED items available through PPG online ordering! The new blank LED digital clock allows you to choose an insert for the Aquabase® Plus waterborne basecoat system, Vibrance Collection® custom paint finishes or Ditzler® brand products. The clock and inserts are sold separately.

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PPG has introduced a training video to assist paint technicians with refinishing Lexus automobiles sporting the OEM’s Structural Blue finish, a complex premium color available on a limited number of Lexus LC500 models. The video has been produced to dispel the notion that complex colors require a complex refinish process.

“In many instances, paint technicians assume that a finish like Structural Blue is difficult to work with, but that’s not the case,” said Randy Cremeans, PPG director of training. “Because Structural Blue is a very sophisticated finish, it may look like it requires a four- or five-stage progression, but in truth, it is a simple two-stage process that a painter can easily master. The video clearly shows how uncomplicated and straightforward the task is.”

PPG provides its painters with OEM factory packs as repair solutions. The Lexus Structural Blue factory pack, coded 8Y0 Lexus LC500, is available for Envirobase® High Performance and Aquabase® Plus waterborne and Deltron® solvent systems. The instructional video, just under four minutes in length, can be seen here.

Structural Blue was developed by Lexus and Viavi Solutions Inc. It’s based on the coloration of the vibrant morpho butterfly, a species found in Central and South America. The butterfly appears blue in color but does not actually have blue scales in its wing surfaces. The blue color — which varies depending on the ambient light — is achieved through light interference. Similarly, the Lexus Structural Blue uses no blue materials or pigments. The blue hues are a light effect created by an exclusive liquid coating texture. Depending on the type of light — sunlight or artificial light — and the viewing angle, the Lexus LC500 Structural Blue can appear as an iridescent blue, royal blue, violet or other blue tone. Only 300 Lexus models feature this unique coloration. The PPG OEM Structural Blue factory pack matches the properties of the original finish.

View the Structural Blue training video here.


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