Coatings and Paint Technology: Formulation and Application Fundamentals
May 17 - 19, 2016


The Coatings and Paint Technology is an introductory course designed to provide general and up-to-date information on coating formulation/raw materials, properties, application and selection of various coating materials. The objective is to discuss ingredients and composition of industrial, automotive, marine, aerospace and architectural coatings. Coating types and selection, performance criteria, problem resolution, and future coatings and raw materials needs, will also be discussed. To reinforce the learning, a half-day formulation and application lab is included.

Who should attend

This course is specifically designed to provide fundamental understanding and working knowledge of today's coatings and paints to general personnel in the industry. It is highly recommended for formulators, 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

    • Coating composition: Automotive, architectural, industrial, aerospace and marine
    • Raw materials and properties
    • Types of paint/coatings and their basic properties
    • Fundamentals of adhesion and corrosion control
    • How to select performing coatings
    • Application and processing methods
    • Unmet raw materials and coating product needs.
    • Problem resolution: raw material, finished paint and applications troubleshooting

Course outline:

    Day one:

    • Overview of coating technologies: automotive, industrial, marine/aerospace and architectural
    • Basic role of coating ingredients: Resins, solvents, pigments and additives
    • Fundamentals of polymer (resin) chemistries
    • Film formation: Drying and curing of paints and coatings, all technologies
    • Enhancing coating properties through formulation and raw materials selection
    • Properties and formulation using additives and solvents

    Day two:

    • Fundamentals of adhesion
    • Requirements of good surface preparation
    • How to improve adhesion through formulation/application/process?
    • Fundamentals of corrosion
    • Methods of corrosion control by coatings
    • Half-day paint formulation and application laboratory

    Day three:

    • Coating types and properties-all technologies: Solvent borne and water-based coatings
    • Fundamentals of powder and UV cured coatings
    • Electrocoat, EC/Electrodeposition (ED) coating
    • Evaluation and standard test methods
    • Coping with environmental regulations
    • Identifying composition and application problems


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.