PPG has announced its schedule of custom painting classes for the remainder of the 2017 calendar year. The courses are designed to help paint technicians use PPG products to bring their imaginations to life and create one-of-a-kind paint schemes for custom car and truck builds. The courses are led by elite PPG instructors and are held at PPG Business Development Centers and various field locations across the United States and Canada. Technicians receive classroom instruction along with hands-on training in the shop. A full range of topics is covered from product selection, equipment and color tools to surface preparation and paint application best practices.

PPG custom refinish courses focus on several PPG brands including VIBRANCE COLLECTION® products and the latest and hottest colors, micas, pigments and special effects available. Students can learn a variety of custom painting techniques and skills including pinstriping and airbrushing. The training also demonstrates how advanced Vibrance Collection offerings work with all PPG premium quality solvent and waterborne topcoat systems to deliver bold and dazzling looks. In addition, individuals completing PPG custom refinish classes become members of the Vibrance Collection community and are welcome to post images of their work at www.vibrancecollection.com.

“We’re very proud to offer these classes to our PPG customers,” said Randy Cremeans, PPG director of training. “We have the industry’s best trainers teaching the students how to get the most out of our exceptional products while bringing out their inner artist. It’s great to see what can be accomplished through these classes. We like to say that when it comes to custom painting, the only limitation is your imagination.”

A partial list of PPG custom refinish classes includes:

  • Lowrider Designs
  • Basic Pinstriping and Airbrushing
  • Custom Wood Grain Techniques
  • Custom Graphics
  • Custom Flames Design
  • Custom Airbrushing Techniques

A special restoration seminar and advanced courses are also offered. Full course descriptions with October, November and December dates and locations, along with registration instructions, can be found at us.ppgrefinish.com/training.

PPG-painted cars took home major awards at the recent Shades of the Past 35th annual Hot Rod Roundup and the Goodguys 31st West Coast Nationals. Both events attract some of the nation’s best custom car builds, making for highly spirited awards contests.

At Shades of the Past, held September 8–9 at Dollywood’s Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the Street Rodder Triple Crown of Rodding—consisting of three prestigious honors: Best Street Rod, Best Street Machine and Best Street Cruiser—drew a competitive field with PPG cars claiming two of the three major awards.

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Best Street Rod:  1932 Ford Tudor Sedan

The Best Street Rod award went to 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. 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, DP90LF Non-Sanding Epoxy Primer Black and DELTRON® 2000 DBC9700 Basecoat Black along with GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM® D8115 Matte Clearcoat, D8117 Semi-Gloss Clearcoat and D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat. The car is no stranger to recognition, having been a recent Detroit Autorama Ridler Award contender.

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Best Street Machine:  1969 Camaro

“Inferno,” a bright yellow 1969 Camaro owned by John Wilkus of Lakeville, Minn., captured the Best Street Machine title. 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 colors 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. The car has appeared on the cover of Hot Rod and taken awards at Goodguys events.

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America's Most Beautiful Street Rod:  1933 Ford Roadster

Over at the Goodguys 31st West Coast Nationals, held in Pleasanton, Calif., at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, August 25–27, a 1933 Ford Roadster dubbed “Renaissance Roadster” took home the top prize when it was named America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod. The car 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, Ore. It was the Ridler Award winner at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. The original design for the roadster came from a rendering by designer Chris Ito with additional inspiration from Frisbie and another team member, designer David Brost. Painter Jay Spencer gave the Ford its dazzling candy-apple red and black appearance spraying an array of PPG refinish products. These included several products from the Deltron brand: 2000 DBC9700 Basecoat Black, DCU 2021 CONCEPT® Urethane Clear, and DMD1696 Coarse Silver Dollar Aluminum along with Vibrance Collection RADIANCE® II DMX214 Red Violet and DMX213 Red (Blue Shade) Dye and CRYSTALLANCE® VM4501 Silver from the glass flake collection.

The Shades of the Past show includes hot rods, street rods, classics and customs up to 1972. Many of the vehicles are original well-preserved models while others have been turned into customized automotive art by imaginative builders and painters. PPG is a strong supporter of the event and its participants.

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 automotive events across the country. PPG is the official paint supplier to the organization and exhibits at all national and many regional Goodguys events. There, PPG displays the latest automotive refinish products, hottest colors and custom tones, unique pigments and special-effect finishes available from the Envirobase High Performance, Vibrance Collection and Deltron lineups as well as other PPG brands.

PPG will highlight its ADJUSTRITE® commercial estimating system at the annual National Truck & Heavy Equipment Claims Council (NTHECC) industry trade fair set for October 12–15 in San Diego at the Bahia Resort Hotel.

The presentation, “Leveraging the Power of Electronic Commercial Estimating Systems,” will be made Friday morning, October 13, by Ryan Woolfenden, PPG marketing manager, commercial value-added programs. Woolfenden will discuss how electronic estimating solutions improve process efficiency, accuracy and consistency and enhance a company’s professional image. A live demonstration of the AdjustRite system will be included. All show attendees are invited to the presentation.

“The AdjustRite system is the only commercial estimating program designed especially for heavy-duty truck repairs and 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.


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