PPG has announced its Commercial Coatings training schedule for the fourth quarter of 2018. Classes cover a wide variety of subjects and are designed to ensure that paint technicians stay up to date with their commercial refinish certification and knowledge of PPG commercial coatings products, processes and technological advances.

Led by expert PPG trainers, the commercial coatings training classes are held at PPG Business Development Centers and numerous field locations across the U.S. and Canada. The courses take one to two days and provide extensive classroom instruction along with hands-on work in the spray booth. Technicians are given generous opportunities for informal discussions and Q&A sessions with the trainers.

Commercial training courses cover PPG premium brands including the Delfleet Essential®, Delfleet® Evolution and PPG commercial performance coatings (CPC) product lines, with certification and recertification offered for the Delfleet® family of products. Programs encompass a comprehensive range of topics from product selection, equipment and color tools to surface preparation and paint application best practices. Classes are also offered for PPG’s Adjustrite® commercial estimating system. Classes are available in Spanish and French in some locations.

PPG refinish technicians must be certified and then recertified every two years to make certain they stay current with ever-evolving industry developments. When PPG paint technicians and their respective collision centers are certified, the centers may offer the PPG Commercial Vehicle Paint Performance Warranty to their customers, providing a valued edge over the competition. Technicians must maintain their PPG certification in the Delfleet Essential® or Delfleet® Evolution paint line for the collision repair center to continue participating in the PPG commercial warranty program.

Course descriptions with October, November and December dates, locations and registration instructions can be found at us.ppgrefinish.com/training.


PPG has announced its custom refinish painting class schedule for October, November and December. Custom painting classes cover a variety of creative topics and take place at PPG Business Development Centers throughout the United States. The classes are part of PPG’s overall commitment to training and help technicians skillfully use PPG products to create imaginative custom paint finishes for cars and trucks.

Classes are offered for paint technicians at all levels — professionals, custom builders, hobbyists and others — and are led by expert instructors. The classes include lectures, Q&A sessions, informal discussions and hands-on experience in the spray booth.

This quarter’s classes include airbrushing techniques, lowrider design instruction and automotive restoration seminars. All are designed to keep PPG customers at the leading edge of industry developments, design trends and paint techniques.

The airbrushing course provides instruction on types of airbrush equipment and techniques used to create special effects such as chrome, granite, wood grain and metal effects.

Lowrider design covers trends in paint schemes, colors and techniques for creating special effects such as tape shading and lace painting.

Restoration seminars address the challenges involved in the automotive restoration process. Topics highlight PPG techniques and products for successfully prepping and painting bare metal, blasted steel, plastic parts and body filler.

Comprehensive instruction in custom painting courses also covers surface preparation, the selection and proper use of the PPG undercoats, topcoats and clearcoats for different types of projects and paint application best practices.

Custom classes focus on several PPG brands including Vibrance Collection® products and their compatibility with PPG solvent-borne and waterborne offerings, such as the Deltron® and Envirobase® High Performance systems.

To learn more about PPG training classes, specific course descriptions, dates, locations and registration instructions, visit us.ppgrefinish.com/training or call (800) 647-6050. Early registration is encouraged; classes fill quickly.


PPG has announced its collision refinish training schedule for the fourth quarter of 2018. Classes cover a wide variety of subjects and are designed to ensure that PPG paint technicians stay up to date with their refinish certification and knowledge of PPG products, processes and technological advances.

PPG collision refinish training classes are held at PPG Business Development Centers and numerous field locations across the U.S. and Canada and are led by expert PPG trainers. The courses take one to two days and provide extensive classroom instruction along with hands-on work in the spray booth. Technicians are given generous opportunities for informal discussions and Q&A sessions with the trainers.

Collision refinish courses cover PPG premium brands including the Envirobase® High Performance, Aquabase® Plus, Deltron® and Global Refinish System® paint lines, with certification and recertification offered for each brand. Programs encompass a comprehensive range of topics from product selection, equipment and color tools to surface preparation and paint application best practices. Color tinting classes are also offered for each brand. Classes are available in Spanish and French in some locations.

PPG refinish technicians must be certified and then recertified every two years to make certain they stay current with ever-evolving industry developments. When paint technicians and their respective collision centers are certified, the centers may offer the PPG Lifetime Limited Paint Performance Guarantee — a valued edge over the competition — to their customers. Technicians must maintain their PPG certification for the collision center to continue participating in the PPG paint guarantee program.

Course descriptions with October, November and December dates, locations and registration instructions can be found at us.ppgrefinish.com/training.


Shannon MacDonald creates brilliant, energetic, hyperrealistic art that leaves her fans awestruck. Her work adorns guitars, drums, motorcycles, boats and cars; and she’s renowned for her canvases, posters and illustrations that portray celebrities from the worlds of sports and entertainment. Her paintings hang at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Hard Day’s Night Hotel in Liverpool.

Shannon was introduced to PPG early on; the family garage housed paint cans wearing PPG’s Ditzler® brand name. In 2011 Shannon attended her first SEMA show. There, she airbrushed a freehand portrait of Richard Petty on a Chrysler minivan. The crowd was impressed, and so were the people from PPG.

You can learn more about Shannon and her work in the most recent edition of the Repaint Reporter.

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PPG will highlight its AdjustRite® electronic commercial estimating at the annual National Truck & Heavy Equipment Claims Council (NTHECC) industry convention set for October 11–13 in Cleveland at the Westin Cleveland Downtown.

In a presentation titled, “Leveraging the Power of Electronic Commercial Estimating Systems,” set for Saturday morning, October 13, Ryan Woolfenden, PPG manager, commercial programs and services, will focus on the benefits such systems offer. Woolfenden will discuss recent advancements in automated estimating solutions and how they improve process efficiency, accuracy and consistency while enhancing a company’s professional image. All show attendees are invited.

“The PPG AdjustRite® system is the only commercial estimating program designed especially for heavy-duty truck repairs. It provides users with the opportunity to make immediate comparisons on the pricing and availability of parts,” said Woolfenden. “This is a significant benefit because the program speeds up the entire estimating and repair process. If the point is to expedite claims, minimize truck downtime and do so in a cost-effective manner, the AdjustRite® estimating program can have a direct, positive impact on a company’s bottom line.”

Woolfenden points out that the AdjustRite® system takes into consideration the overall repair process and produces detailed estimates based on a sophisticated and comprehensive database of truck parts, repair information and logic. The database includes more than 100 heavy- and medium-duty truck makes and models and is continuously monitored and updated as parts costs and availability change. The AdjustRite® program can also facilitate fast parts procurement and — of special interest to anyone working with insurance claims — even assist in quickly resolving subrogation matters.

For more information about the AdjustRite® commercial estimating program, visit www.adjustrite.com or call (800) 516-5149. For more information about the NTHECC, visit nthecc.org.


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