PPG custom-painted Harley motorcycle raffled to raise funds for SkillsUSA

This 2007 Dyna Super Glide motorcycle by Harley-Davidson was raffled at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference to benefit SkillsUSA. The bike was donated by Harley-Davidson and custom painted by Justin Barnes of JB Grafix Custom Painting with products, donated by PPG Automotive Refinish, from the line of Vibrance Collection custom finishes by PPG.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Aug. 2, 2007 –
A 2007 Dyna Super Glide Harley-Davidson motorcycle, custom painted with products donated by PPG Industries’ automotive refinish business, was raffled during the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 18-24 in Kansas City, Mo.

The raffle was a fund-raiser for SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization serving teachers as well as high school and college students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The deluxe motorcycle was donated by Harley-Davidson and custom painted by Justin Barnes of JB Grafix, known for his appearances on the Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper” television show.

Barnes designed the paint scheme and painted the chopper on-site in the collision repair contest area during the SkillsUSA Conference, in which nearly 14,000 people participated, including more than 5,000 career and technical education students. The fabulous design featured “O So Orange” paint by PPG formulated with the premium Global Refinish System. The job was clearcoated with the newest addition to the line of Vibrance Collection custom finishes, VC5200 Custom Clear. Introduced earlier this year, VC5200 is specially designed to complement PPG’s custom offering and to achieve optimum performance when applying graphics.

Barnes has been using PPG products exclusively since 2004, when he painted the I-Robot bike Will Smith rode at the premiere of the film I Robot. “I like everything about PPG’s products,” Barnes said. “They are super durable, easy to apply, and when custom painting with Vibrance Collection custom finishes, you can create loads of different tones, colors and effects with a handful of products. PPG is always coming out with new products like the Hot Wheels® Spectraflame® paint line, which allow me to make my designs even more unique for my customers.”

Barnes began painting racing helmets when he was 15 years old. He opened his business, JB Grafix Custom Painting, Inc., in Newburgh, N.Y., in 2001. His work has been featured on “American Chopper” and “Celebrity Build TV,” as well as in Iron Horse, American Iron, Hot Rod Bikes and many other magazines. The shop specializes in custom airbrush painting, leafing, pinstriping, murals and lettering, and Barnes has created one-of-a-kind designs for stock motorcycles, choppers, custom cars, helmets, jet skis, guitars and, as he says, “Just about anything paint will stick to.”

PPG has supported SkillsUSA, formerly VICA – Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, since the organization was founded in 1965. For more information on SkillsUSA, visit www.skillsusa.org. For more about Harley-Davidson, visit www.harley-davidson.com. For more about Justin Barnes, visit www.jbgrafix.com. For more about PPG Automotive Refinish, visit www.ppgrefinish.com.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company employs more than 34,000 people and has 125 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 25 countries. Sales in 2006 were $11 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York and Philadelphia stock exchanges (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Global and Vibrance Collection are trademarks of PPG Industries.

Hot Wheels and Spectraflame are registered trademarks of Mattel, Inc.

Super Glide is a trademark of H-D Michigan, Inc.




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