Paint Technology

Face-to-Face Coatings Training Course

Venue: Classroom & Virtual Attendance Options

Start Date: November 4, 2024

Non-Member Cost: £1,950


This course is a comprehensive and intensive four day course which aims to provide delegates with a firm foundation in the technology of organic surface coatings. The course gives an overview of the raw materials used in surface coatings and their contribution to the final properties of the coatings. The study of coating systems emphasises the changes taking place in modern technology.

Who Should Attend

This course has been designed for newcomers to the industry who need a firm foundation in the technology of organic surface coatings. To gain maximum benefit from the course it is helpful if delegates have a knowledge of chemistry to university entrance standard.

Course Content

Introduction to Paint & Surface Coatings Technology

Markets for Coatings


  • Wood
  • Masonry
  • Metal
  • Plastic

Properties of Coatings

  • Optical properties
  • Mechanical properties
  • Rheology

Raw Materials

  • Organic film formers
  • Pigments, pigmentation & the dispersion process
  • Solvents and solubility & the film formation process

Waterborne & High Solids Coatings

  • Specific raw materials
  • Types and example formulations
  • Uses

Radiation Cured Coatings

Surface Preparation

  • Cleaning
  • Pre-treatment

Solventborne Coatings

  • Specific raw materials
  • Types and example formulations
  • Uses

Coatings Application Methods

  • Brush
  • Roller
  • Spray (air, airless, HVLP, etc.)
  • Dip, flow, curtain, roller
  • Electrostatic discs and bells

Powder Coatings

  • Types
  • Uses
  • Application methods

Microbiology of Coatings

  • Plant hygiene
  • Aqueous paints
  • Applied films
  • Preservation and protection
  • Microbial testing

Course Trainers

Alan Mills

Regional Sales Manager – UK, Ireland, Scandinavia - Phoseon Technology

Alan Mills first started working in the Inkjet market in the 1980’s. His first position commenced as an engineer dealing with coding and marking machines for a wide range of industries such as FMCG, Aerospace, Aircraft, Pharmaceutical and Graphic Arts. Since then, there have been many advances in the UV & Inkjet market which have greatly increased quality and speed resulting in Alan being able to expand his knowledge and expertise in this area. Alan has now been in UV for over 25 years in the following markets: Digital Inkjet, Narrow Web Flexo, Fibre Optics, Wood Coatings, Automotive, Medical and he has been supplying UV LED systems for the past 14 years. In the future he hopes to continue expanding his experience and is particularly interested in the fast-moving world of digital inkjet.

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Multi-Course Discount

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

Early Bird Discount

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