Coatings and Paint Technology: Formulation and Application Fundamentals
Oct. 21-23, 2014


The objectives of this course are to discuss the fundamentals of paint composition, application and processing. As such, basic ingredients of industrial, automotive, trade sales paints and paint properties will be presented. Paint selection, performance criteria, application methods, defects, problem resolution and future paint and raw materials needs will also be discussed. A half-day laboratory visit, paint preparation and application are also included.

Who should attend

This course is specifically designed to provide a thorough fundamental understanding and working knowledge of today’s coatings and paints to general personnel in the industry. It is highly recommended for beginners, marketing, technical sales, paint users, customer support staff, field representatives, manufacturing personnel and all others who need a broad knowledge of this dynamic and complex technology.

    What you will learn

  • What elements make up paint
  • The basic role of paint ingredients
  • Fundamentals of paint adhesion
  • Requirements of good surface preparation
  • Types of paint/coatings and their basic properties
  • How to select performing coatings
  • Application and processing methods
  • What to develop
  • Problem resolution: raw material, finished paint and applications troubleshooting
  • Reasons for paint failure and methods of problem resolution

Course outline:

    Day one:

  • Overview of global coatings and paint market
  • Overview of paint technologies
  • The basic role of paint ingredients
  • -Resins
  • Drying and curing of paints and coatings
  • -Conventional paints
    -Waterborne coatings
    -Powder coatings
    -UV and EB cure technology
  • Evaluation and standard test methods
  • Coping with environmental regulations

    Day two:

  • Fundamentals of adhesion
  • Surface preparation
  • Corrosion control by coatings
  • Color and appearance in coatings
  • Coating types and properties
  • Basic formulation of industrial and automotive coatings
  • Laboratory visit and paint preparation

    Day three:

  • Identifying composition and application problems
  • Coating defects, prevention methods and troubleshooting
  • Why paints fail and what to do about it
  • Open discussion


Dr. J. Baghdachi, Ph.D., and industry representatives

Enrollment is limited to 24 participants.

The fee for the 3-day course is $1,250 which includes program materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks. Lodging and other meals are not included. A certificate of participation is presented to each registrant.

Note: This course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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In the event you are unable to participate, substitutions are welcome at any time – just let us know. Please notify us IN WRITING of cancellations and transfers five (5) business days prior to the start date of the seminar in order to avoid a processing fee of $150. You may email our registrar, Karen Metz, at or fax your cancellation to 734.481.0509. If you do not attend the seminar and do not cancel or transfer prior to the start date, the seminar fee is non-refundable.

Please note that it is our policy to hold all seminars. However, EMU reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any seminar, if necessary, and to substitute presenters. We will gladly issue seminar fee refunds if cancellation is necessary, but we cannot be responsible for any airfare penalties or other travel expenses that may be incurred due to these changes.