Once there was a time when taking a trip meant leaving the everyday world behind and stepping aboard a luxury passenger train, one exquisitely designed with elegance, grace and comfort. Compared to the homogenized hustle and bustle of today’s mass transit, this era of transportation seems like something one can experience only through history books. But thankfully, one company is bringing to life the nostalgia associated with early rail travel.

Located in Anchorage, Alaska Industrial Paint LLC is notable for its skill in restoring vintage locomotives and passenger cars that roamed the rails of Alaska as far back as the 1940s. “We sweat every detail of each restoration, from matching the original color to duplicating the size and type of each font.” explains Kevin Stalder, owner of AIP.

The attention to detail shows in AIP’s work, which is commissioned by two local clients: The Alaska Railroad and Holland America Cruise Lines. Both companies, which offer sightseeing rail tours of Alaska, were very interested when they learned Stalder sold his stake in an auto body shop and opened AIP.

Stalder also credits PPG products and support for helping AIP achieve excellence. “Back when I was co-owner of a collision shop, I became so impressed with PPG’s products and service commitment that when I opened AIP, working with PPG again was an easy choice,” comments Stalder. “Moving forward, I can’t see using any other brand.”

You can read more about AIP by checking out the most recent copy of the Repaint Reporter.


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, April 4, 2019 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced the schedule of collision refinish training classes for the second quarter of 2019. Collision refinish courses set for April, May and June will cover PPG premium brands including the Envirobase® High Performance, Aquabase® Plus, Deltron® and Global Refinish System® lines. All classes are structured to ensure that paint technicians are up to date with PPG products, processes and technological advances.

Classes are led by expert instructors, take one to two days each, and are held at PPG Business Development Centers and various field locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Participants receive classroom instruction and, when appropriate, hands-on experience in the spray booth.

PPG training is the most extensive in the refinish industry. Programs offer a broad range of topics from product selection, equipment and color tools to surface preparation and paint application best practices and more.

Of particular importance are the certification classes offered for each PPG brand. PPG refinish technicians must be certified every two years. When PPG paint technicians and their respective collision centers are certified, the centers may offer the PPG Lifetime Limited Paint Performance Guarantee to their customers.

For the second quarter of 2019, PPG is offering over 70 different certification course options and over 40 recertification course options across the U.S. and Canada. Courses are available for Envirobase® High Performance, Aquabase® Plus, and Deltron® paint lines.

All PPG classes allow opportunities for informal discussions and Q&A sessions with the trainers. Classes are available in French or Spanish in some locations.

A partial list of upcoming PPG collision refinish courses includes:

Date Event City, State
April 16-17 Envirobase® High Performance Certification Atlanta, Georgia
April 16-17 Deltron® Certification Hartford, Connecticut
May 7-8 Envirobase® High Performance Certification Chicago, Illinois
May 7-8 Deltron® Certification Seattle, Washington
June 4-5 Aquabase® Plus Certification Toronto, Canada
June 25-26 Aquabase® Plus Certification Minneapolis, Minnesota

Complete course descriptions, dates, locations and registration instructions can be found here. Classes fill quickly and early registration is encouraged.


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, April 4, 2019 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced the schedule of commercial coatings training classes for the second quarter of 2019. Commercial coatings courses set for April, May and June will cover Delfleet Essential® and Delfleet® Evolution brands along with other popular PPG commercial performance coatings (CPC) product lines. All classes are structured to ensure that paint technicians are up to date with PPG products, processes and technological advances.

Classes are led by expert instructors, take one to two days each, and are held at PPG Business Development Centers and various field locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Participants receive classroom instruction and, when appropriate, hands-on experience in the spray booth.

A partial list of upcoming PPG commercial coatings courses includes:

Date Event City, State
April 23-24 Commercial Performance Coatings Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
April 24-25 Delfleet Essential® Certification Atlanta, Georgia
May 7-8 Delfleet® Evolution Certification Kansas City, Missouri
May 16 Delfleet Essential® Certification Seattle, Washington
June 18-19 Delfleet® Evolution Certification Toronto, Canada
June 18-19 Delfleet® Evolution Certification Orlando, Florida

PPG training is the most extensive in the commercial coatings industry. Classes cover topics ranging from an overview of commercial coatings, product selection, color tools and equipment, to surface preparation and paint application best practices. The unique requirements of commercial fleets are also reviewed. In addition, technicians receive instruction on the business side of the refinish process and the efficient use of commercial coatings to boost productivity, profitability and refinish quality while raising customer satisfaction.

As noted in the above schedule, classes for certification in the use of Delfleet Essential® and Delfleet® Evolution products are offered. PPG technicians must be certified every two years. When PPG technicians and their respective commercial collision centers are certified, the centers may qualify for participation in the PPG Commercial Vehicle Paint Performance Warranty program.

Full course descriptions, dates, locations and registration instructions can be found here or by calling (800) 647-6050. Classes fill quickly and early registration is encouraged.


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