May 19 - 23, 2014
This intensive five-day course will take you through the basic steps of paint formulation, from understanding the process to an actual laboratory formulation. Through study and work in a laboratory, you can learn to formulate paints to meet specific requirements. You will have the opportunity to study and experiment with basic raw materials and their influences on the performance of the finished coatings, formulation and testing of coatings in the laboratory to meet the special demands of the job, limitations of plant production equipment and formulation variables for moving a coating from the lab to the plant and modern chemical instrumentation as applied to coatings.
In the classroom and in the lab you can put to work the techniques you have learned and test some of your own ideas. Learn how to solve formulation problems imposed by government regulations using methods of calculating formulas that assure you are in compliance.
*Course notes will be provided for all participants.
*A LAB COAT OR APRON, GOGGLES AND A CALCULATOR ARE NECESSARY FOR THIS COURSE. LAB COATS AND GOGGLES WILL BE PROVIDED IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THEM.
TUESDAY: Formulation of a latex coating.
WEDNESDAY: Pre-testing of pigment dispersion for the formulation of paint based upon your interests. The choices are: latex, alkyd, water-borne urethane, water-reducible bake, water-borne alkyd, water-borne epoxy, high solids polyester, or UV cure.
THURSDAY: Putting together the paint designed Wednesday and dry-end testing of Tuesday's paint.
FRIDAY: Finish testing Tuesday's and Thursday's paints. Results exchange of all paints by all participants. Open discussion of results and suggestions for improvement of formulated coatings.