Paint & Coatings Basics

Face-to-Face Coatings Training Course

Venue: Classroom & Virtual Attendance Options

Start Date: September 24, 2024

Non-Member Cost: £650


Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of paint technology, including why paints are used, different functional types, and the building blocks of a paint formula. We’ll explore the characteristics of a good paint in terms of performance and testing methods against a background of legislation & sustainability, and gain a commercial perspective of the major market sectors.

Who Should Attend

Designed for anyone who is either a newcomer to a paint related field or does not have a scientific background. It will be particularly useful to sales and marketing personnel. For anyone who has a knowledge of chemistry and needs a more comprehensive coverage of the technology of paint coatings you may find the ‘Paint Technology’ course more suitable.

Course Content

Definitions of Paints and Other Surface Coatings

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 and Polymers
  • Solvents, diluents and carriers
  • Pigments
  • Functional Additives


Application Techniques

  • Contact methods
  • Atomisation methods

Coatings Markets

  • Architectural
  • Industrial

Course Trainers

Peter Collins

Coatings Consultant

A Coatings Consultant with a deep understanding of coatings technology and polymer science. A highly creative problem solver, with a powerful track record of leading teams in developing profitable new products, and up to date experience of the modern manufacturing techniques, required to produce them, with high quality and world class efficiency. Based on 39 year of experience in paints and coatings Peter is ideally placed to provide technical and business consultancy across all areas of the coatings industry for clients ranging from SMEs to global businesses.

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Multi-Course Discount

Book two or more courses at the same time and receive a 5% discount.

Early Bird Discount

Book six months before the course and receive a further 5% discount.

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