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PPG brings paint innovation to the classroom

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Nov. 9, 2012—As part of a community outreach program, representatives from PPG Automotive Refinish recently visited a middle school in Hudson, Ohio, to provide eighth grade students with a look into the automotive refinish industry.

PPG's experts—including business development manager Steve Topczewski, and elite painters Jeremy Seanor and Jason Lutton—brought several painted vehicle panels to Hudson Middle School. They shared the intricacies of paint application and technological advancements with five art-and-technology classes at the school. Those classes are designed to combine computer program skills with drawing and design, automotive science, racing and fuel, and the practical use of those skills in business settings.

“Our class is hands-on with an emphasis on real-world applications,” said Terry Stump, instructor of Hudson Middle School’s art-and-technology classes. “To have these talented people from PPG come in and talk about what they know not only gives keen insight, it confirms the practical applications of what the kids have been studying.”

During the presentation, Seanor and Lutton demonstrated a range of refinish possibilities for the students. Using free-hand techniques, Seanor pinstriped daggers, flames and other abstract designs on vehicle panels. Lutton demonstrated the use of colors and effects, including metallics and flakes.

Seanor and Lutton also discussed new advances and the benefits of using waterborne coatings, and career opportunities in the automotive refinish industry.

“We're always looking for opportunities to become involved with a local school system,” said Cristina Fronzaglia, communications manager for PPG Automotive Refinish. “It's important for these kids to know there's an industry ready to embrace their talent, creativity, ideas and energy.”

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