Technical Tips from PPG
Technical Tips from PPG

When it comes to our industry, there's a lot to know about collision repair. That's why we have a team of technical experts to answer customer questions about PPG products and repair recommendations. We've put together a list some of the more commonly asked questions and the PPG recommendations.


What's new in the VIBRANCE COLLEVTION® lineup?  The DITZLER® Classics Color Card!

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When the dog days of summer are upon you, make adjustments to your waterborne basecoat application process and take the heat off your shoulders.

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It's that time of year when outside temperatures are on the rise and so is the temperature in your spray booth.

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Did you know that the COLORMOBILE® software give you daily updates for the latest color formulas?

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Good habits are essential in the mix room to reduce waste, save money and ultimately provide the best possible color match. 

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Need help deciding which reducer to use in your primer or clearcoat? New reducer selection guides are a great starting point for choosing the appropriate reducer for a job.

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In many of our product data sheets, you may notice this or a similar statement under the Compatible Surfaces or Substrates section, but what does this mean?

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This new, all-in-one WINDOWS® operating system “touch” computer is certified for mixing room use and is preloaded with PAINTMANAGER® software.

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If you're an ENVIROBASE® High Performance or AQUABASE® Plus waterborne basecoat user, have you ever wondered how best to adjust your spray gun when your booth conditions change?

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Have you ever wondered what a “!!” price code in the PAINTMANAGER™ software means? This is not an error.

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ENVIROBASE® High Performance and AQUABASE® Plus platform toners only require a handshake prior to use.

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What should you do when you can't find a formula for a new vehicle color?

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Your spray gun is the single, most important tool in delivering a quality paint job. Proper care and maintenance of this tool is critical to its performance.

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With the OEMs introducing more and more unique colors, the use of limited use toners (LUTs) is inevitable. As the name implies, these toners are used infrequently and are typically only in a handful of colors. Because these toners are not getting used as often as others, it’s important to care for them properly to insure they maintain their quality.

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Proper care and maintenance of your device is critical in insuring you are getting the best possile Search and Rate results.

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OEM bumpers often don't match the rest of the vehicle and at some point, most shops have had to answer the question "Why" to overcome their customer's concerns.

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In most cases, you can't spray product directly from a can onto the vehicle.  You must add other components such as a catalyst or reducer to make it ready to spray (RTS).

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We understand that vehicle production color may drift over time and subtle color variations are unavoidable. Our color audit programs identify the variances quickly and formulations are available as Special field variants.

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What’s the best way to refinish carbon fiber? Whether you’re painting new or refinishing previously painted carbon fiber parts, always start with a thorough hot, soapy water wash and rinse. 

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The chemistry of a clearcoat gives each one unique performance characteristics that technicians learn and use to their advantage.

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Have you ever come across a vehicle where no OEM color code was provided?

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Did you know the Date of Manufacturing (DOM) is part of the lot number for waterborne toners?

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It’s finally June and it’s time to open the garage and pull out your old hot rod or other custom project you’ve been storing all winter. 

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VIBRANCE COLLECTION® primers are an ideal foundation for any custom or restoration project.

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Did you know that over 16,600 students participated in a PPG refinish training course in 2015—more than those trained by any other automotive paint company?

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Did you know that PPG’s waterborne toners should never be placed on a shaker? Unlike solventborne toners that require mechanical agitation, PPG’s waterborne toners and mixed basecoat should never be placed on a shaker.

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Did you know that the PAINTMANAGER® software has a Volume Estimator feature that helps painters determine the right amount of product needed for their next repair? When Volume Estimator is enabled, the software will calculate the estimated amount of product required to complete the Collision or Commercial repair.

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To get the best possible finish when painting bare metal, it is important to properly prepare the substrate with a product specifically designed for application to bare metal.

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Un-activated, reduced waterborne paint from a job can be stored up to 90 days in a tightly sealed plastic container.

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Solventborne Variant Deck Tip:  Utilizing the Colorbox location

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Pinchweld flanges that hold stationary glass require proper treatment during repairs.

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Why is it so important to wear gloves when you refinish a vehicle?  

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Brrr....the temperatures have gotten colder and if you're spraying waterborne basecoat, there are some important storage and handling tips you should keep in mind to ensure this advance product maintains its optimum performance.

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It’s that time of year when temperatures begin to decline, Fall is in the air, and the thought of snow (in some parts) begins to creep into your head.

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PPG offers customizable wall charts for the ENVIROBASE® High Performance and AQUABASE® Plus paint systems. 

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Sealers are an important layer in any repair.

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Aluminum has been around for quite some time but with the increased usage from many OE manufacturers, aluminum has become the new buzz word. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind to insure proper adhesion when performing aluminum repair.

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Why Do Color Formulations Go Historic?

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Etch primers are a key component when preparing metal substrates for paint.

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The “Plus” basecoat systems – OMNI® Plus MBP/MBPX - offer high strength toners that deliver improved coverage and durability as well as fast dry times.

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When searching for a wheel, trim or exterior color – try PPG Paint It. 

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Did you know there are some tips and tricks that can keep you cool when spraying EC530 En-V® Performance Clearcoat in hot and humid conditions?

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Have you ever had trouble determining which pour spouts fit a certain bottle or can? There’s now a Pour Spout Identifier table available on-line at ppgrefinish.com!

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Did you know that the new ENIVROBASE® High Performance En-V™ EC530 clearcoat has 3 specially formulated temperature adjusted reducers?  

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Did you know there are new colors available in the VIBRANCE COLLECTION® custom color offering? 

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SU470LV is compliant for all markets and can be used under all PPG and NEXA AUTOCOLOR® branded undercoats and topcoats. It requires no additional reduction.

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For paint room efficiency, use the RAPIDMATCH™ X-5 spectrophotometer to identify the right color formula early – before the vehicle enters the paint booth.  Why?  It’s all about the numbers.

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While matte finishes are still a popular look for many custom paint jobs, they are not just for the custom market anymore. Many OE manufacturers offer low gloss finishes as a way to differentiate their products and give customers a way to stand out in the crowd.

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Waterborne basecoat is susceptible to freezing when temperatures drop below 0° C / 32° F. However, it doesn't have to be frozen completely solid to affect its performance.

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Why is the film build of clearcoat so important?

Clearcoat is one of the most important parts of a quality paint job. From a simple repair, to an overall or a restoration, the final appearance is most notable. 

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Is it really necessary to apply a final clearcoat layer over the Ford Ruby Red mid-coat if I'm adding VM4350 Vivid Ruby tinter to a clearcoat?

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The ColorMobile application is available immediately to all our Online Color Formulation subscribers.

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Cold weather is upon us. Snow is on the ground and it’s barely -6°C (20°F) outside. Your clearcoat doesn’t seem to be curing. Why?

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Pre-Cleaners are a critical component to the painting process. Both a waterborne and solventborne cleaner should be used to remove all contaminants from a surface.

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With over 6,000 Internet subscribers to the PAINTMANAGER® software – more than 70% are bodyshop businesses. This is a testament of how vital color information is to the paint operation.

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Manufacturers are using exotic colors to differentiate their brands in the market. Pigments in these colors are very vibrant, highly chromatic, and often translucent.  Toyota 3R3, Chrysler PB8, and Kia XMJ are a few examples.  

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Did you know that in the PAINTMANAGER® software program, you can mix the correct G-Shade formulas in ENVIROBASE® High Performance and AQUABASE® Plus waterborne basecoat systems to utilize as a groundcoat for low opacity colors?

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Q: Why do some variants have an "X number" designation? What does the X factor stand for?

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Over the years, there has been situations where several GM plants have had issues with their code labels and the WA color code was omitted.

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Summer is quickly approaching and with that brings higher temperatures and humidity. If you are spraying ENVIROBASE® High Performance or AQUABASE® Plus waterborne basecoat, you can take steps to adjust your spray techniques to improve your application in these changing conditions.

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You should avoid using surface cleaners that contain ammonia on Envirobase High Performance EPW115 or Aquabase Plus P950-5505 waterborne primers prior to topcoating.

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Did you know? The OMNI® brand now has pre-packaged sealers in shades of gray. They are available in gallon and quart pack sizes, and have a simple 4/1/1 mix ratio.

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It is no longer recommended to use an etch primer under an epoxy primer. Residual acid from the etch primer can interfere with the proper curing of the epoxy.

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LUT stands for Limited Use Toner and means that a toner is not used in a large number of formulas.

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By selecting the source type and entering part of the color name into the description, you'll get a list of all motorcycle colors containing your color description.

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SX1071 is an etch primer available in our ONECHOICE® brand.

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Ford is currently supplying cars, SUVs and light trucks with "Ruby Red" (RR)—a color that uses a pigmented clearcoat to produce this clean, candy apple red.

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Did you know that you should NOT shake DMX dye bottles?

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