Principles and Practices of Coating Formulations
May 31 - June 2, 2016


The primary objective of this course is to familiarize the personnel involved with paints and coatings about fundamental principles underlying formulations of paints and coatings. The knowledge of basic concepts of coatings formulations goes a long way in understanding and appreciating market segments, product differentiations, product attributes and performance, cost, application areas and trouble-shooting. As such, basic understanding of coating raw materials and concepts underlying formulations of coatings, formulation tools, coating calculations, defects and troubleshooting will be presented. Effects of key formulation parameters on product attributes and cost will be discussed. A half-day lab session will include hands-on coating formulations, paint preparation, application and testing.

Who should attend

This course is designed to provide a thorough fundamental understanding and working knowledge of coating formulations to general personnel in the industry. It is highly recommended for marketing, technical sales, paint users, quality control staff, customer support staff, field representatives, manufacturing personnel, entry-level chemists in technical/research area and all others who need a broad knowledge of this dynamic complex area of coating industry.

What you will learn

  • The basic role of paint ingredients, their effects on coating performance.
  • Paint Types -industrial, automotive, architectural - how they differ.
  • Fundamentals of coating formulations.
  • Volume relationships-PVC and CPVC concepts.
  • Paint calculations.
  • Rheology in coatings
  • Understanding formulation parameters, optimization, and their effect on performance/cost.
  • Cost reduction strategies, strategies for "green" coatings
  • Principles of pigment dispersion, dispersion equipment, Mill-base formulation techniques
  • Paint defects - causes, resolution.

Course outline:

    Day one:

  • Overview of global paint and coatings market.
  • Overview of coating technologies and trends
  • The basic role of paint ingredients.
  • Paint types. - Industrial, automotive, architectural
    - Waterborne coatings, solvent borne, Powder, UV-EB
    - Air-drying, forced drying - 1K, 2K
    - Primers, base coats, top coats, clear, sealers
  • Coating Formulation Fundamentals. - Volume relationship
    - PVC and CPVC concept
    - Key formulation parameters, paint calculations

    Day two:

  • Principles of pigment dispersion, Mill-base formulations
  • Role of additives
  • Effect of formulation parameters on properties/performance of coatings.
  • Rheology in coatings
  • Coating Calculations

    Day three:

  • Understanding coating formulations- industrial, architectural, automotive.
  • Performance optimization
  • Coating defects and resolution.
  • Formulation from scratch!.
  • Laboratory session- Determination of CPVC , Daniel-flow point, formulation of water-borne and solvent-borne paint preparation and evaluation of key parameters.


Dr. Vijay Mannari

Enrollment is limited to 24.

The fee for the 3-day course is $1250 which covers program materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks. Lodging and other meals are not included. A certificate of participation is presented to each registrant.


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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.