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Paint & Coatings Basics

This course provides delegates with an introduction to paint technology. It explains why paints are used & from what they are made. Other aspects of the course include manufacture & application, testing & performance. There is also an overview of the major paint markets & their drivers.

This course has been designed for newcomers to paint related fields & for those who do not have a scientific background. The course will be particularly useful to sales & marketing personnel.

Course Content

How are Paints & Other Surface Coatings Defined?

  • Terminology

Why are Coatings Used?

  • Decorative Role
  • Protective Role

Market Drivers

  • Economics
  • Legislation
  • Sustainability

Properties of Paint and other Coatings

  • Appearance (Colour, Opacity and Gloss)
  • Liquid Properties including Viscosity
  • Dry Film Properties


  • Predicting Performance
  • Quality Control
  • Standards & Specifications

Coating Technologies

  • Waterborne
  • Solvent-borne & High Solids
  • Powder Coatings
  • Radcure

Raw Materials

  • Resins & Polymers
  • Solvents, Diluents & Carriers
  • Pigments
  • Functional Additives


Application Techniques

  • Contact Methods
  • Atomisation Methods

Coatings Markets

  • Architectural
  • Industrial



This course provides delegates with an introduction to paint technology. It will explain why paints are used & the different functional types covering all aspects of decoration & protection. The major building blocks including polymers, pigments & additives will be described & the constraints that relate to different markets. Other aspects include manufacture & application.

The question of what makes a good paint will be discussed in terms of performance & test methods, against the background of legislation & the pressure for sustainability & a low carbon footprint. A commercial overview indicating the major market sectors both decorative & industrial is also included.


Who Should Attend

The course has been designed for anyone who is either a newcomer to a paint related field or does not have a scientific background. The course will be particularly useful to sales and marketing personnel.

For anyone who has a knowledge of chemistry & requires a more comprehensive coverage of the technology of paint coatings you may find the "Paint Technology" course more suitable.


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