PPG Industries of Pittsburgh has announced the creation of its Certified Applicator
Program (CAP). Through the program a select group of coating applicators are certified
to meet the company's quality control standards for applying DURANAR®, DURANAR®
XL, CORAFLON® EX and ACRYNAR® FX high-performance coatings to extruded
metal architectural products.
"Over the past few years, color and quality requirements for architectural
coatings have tightened, as have the demands for timely product deliveries,"
said Henry Lowman, CAP director. The company says it developed the program to
address and resolve such issues.
According to PPG, the CAP was modeled after its Certified Glass Fabricator
Program, which requires members to participate in a rigorous auditing program,
encompassing all aspects of the coating process, including initial mixing, matching
and formulation of coatings to the actual application to the metal.
In addition, the audit specifies procedures for cleaning and pre-treating metal
substrates, paint application parameters and cure schedules, as well as how finished
products should be handled, packed and shipped.
Continuing education and training is also part of the CAP.