PPG awards HOT WHEELS SPECTRAFLAME PAINT YOUR RIDE Contest trophy


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Dec. 2, 2008 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) automotive refinish business awarded the 2008 PPG Hot Wheels® Spectraflame® PAINT YOUR RIDE Contest trophy Nov. 5, at its exhibit booth for the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas. Larry Wood, Mattel, Inc., Hot Wheels® chief designer, presented the trophy to Jim and Melinda Cooper of Laguna Hills, Calif., co-owners of the winning 1956 Chevrolet Handyman two-door station wagon.

Contest entrants created original paint schemes for their vehicles using the Hot Wheels® Spectraflame® colors in the Vibrance Collection of automotive coatings by PPG. The Coopers’ car featured a striking finish of Hot Wheels® Spectraflame® Medium Sapphire with contrasting silver flames. It was selected from among 12 finalists including entries from custom painters, car builders and hot rod enthusiasts.

Jim Cooper said, “All the entries were truly spectacular, so it is a real honor to be named the winner.” The Coopers received a trophy case with an exclusive Hot Wheels® 1/18-inch scale model of the winning vehicle. The paint scheme will be reproduced on a future production Hot Wheels® toy car Mattel, Inc., will introduce in 2009. The car, which was on display at SEMA and featured in a recent PPG Repaint Reporter magazine article, will also be highlighted in full color along with the other finalists in a 2009 PPG calendar.

PAINT YOUR RIDE Contest entries were reviewed by a panel of judges well-known in custom car circles, including Wood, Dave Perewitz of Perewitz Cycle Fabrication, PPG’s custom painting trainer Paul Stoll, Brian Brennan of Street Rodder magazine, and Ed Capen of Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. PPG originally announced the winner at the 11th Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, in July.

Wood acknowledged how hard it was to select a winner, saying, “We were so impressed with all the finalist cars. It was a very difficult decision ... but in the end we all agreed on the Chevy Wagon. It had everything – awesome paint, cool graphics, and a great overall look.”

To see the winning vehicle and all the 2008 PPG Hot Wheels® Spectraflame® PAINT YOUR RIDE contest finalists, visit www.ppgrefinish.com. For more information about the PPG PAINT YOUR RIDE contest or Vibrance Collection automotive coatings by PPG, call 440-572-2800 or visit the PPG Automotive Refinish Web site at 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 has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Vibrance Collection is a trademark of PPG Industries.

 

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Contact:
Calvinia Fields
PPG Automotive Refinish
440-572-2800
cfields@ppg.com
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