PPG automotive refinish paint popular with airbrush artists


New Zealand airbrush artist Warren Houston used ENVIROBASE(R) High Performance coatings by PPG to create the “Mish Mash” children’s television show backdrop shown here.




Shannon, who has been called the “World’s Greatest Beatles Artist,” used ENVIROBASE(R) High Performance coatings by PPG to create these two paintings of the Beatles.
 
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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, March 13, 2013 – ENVIROBASE(R) High Performance automotive refinish coating by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) isn’t only a top choice among collision shops around the world – it’s also a preferred paint among discerning airbrush artists.

“Artists disregard the label on paint cans,” said John Outcalt, PPG vice president, global automotive refinish. “They want to use the best paint to create their artwork. And, believe it or not, it’s creating a niche business for Envirobase High Performance coating because of its performance and ease of use and its environmentally-friendly impact.”

Envirobase High Performance basecoat – part of PPG’s advanced Envirobase High Performance waterborne coatings system – has proven its merit in automotive refinish shops around the globe. The coatings system’s unique technology reduces the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) while offering the quality, productivity and user-friendliness that modern collision repair centers demand.

System expands airbrush artist’s palette

When New Zealand airbrush artist Warren Houston views the mural he created for “Mish Mash,” a popular children’s television show, he sees the benefits of using Envirobase High Performance coatings by PPG – for his artwork and for his health.

“Previously, I’d done an 8- by 3-meter landscape mural in a TV studio using solventborne paint, and the fumes inside the studio weren’t so great,” Houston said. “When this TV studio approached me to paint a backdrop for a children’s program, I thought it was a great opportunity to use Envirobase High Performance coatings.

“The beauty of this product is that it was easy to use and there were no fumes,” he said.

Based in Rotorua, Houston has airbrushed everything from cars to guitars in his 40-year, award-winning career. He visited PPG’s Auckland automotive refinish facility before starting the mural project to pick up some tips on using Envirobase High Performance coatings.

Larry Huggard, then training manager, and Nick Black, regional sales manager, both of PPG Auckland, advised Houston on how to get the most from the product, sharing information such as thinning ratios and application procedures related to flash times and blending.

The TV studio was “blown away” by the mural, Houston said. He believes it would have been very difficult to match the outstanding results he obtained with any other product.

“The Envirobase High Performance system was ideal for the job. It atomizes beautifully through the airbrush; it doesn’t clog the tip. I came away very, very keen to do further work with it and I’m now using it every day.”

Beatles artist sings praises of PPG refinish paint

While the legendary Lennon-McCartney songwriting team relied on lyrics and melodies to paint strawberry fields and yellow submarines, artist Shannon MacDonald relies on Envirobase High Performance coatings by PPG to create paintings of the Beatles.

The award-winning New Jersey-based airbrush artist – best known only as “Shannon” – was dubbed the “World’s Greatest Beatles Artist” by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, England, in 1998. She’s the official artist to The Cavern Club (the Liverpool club where the Beatles got their start), was inducted into the club’s hall of fame and has created more than 100 paintings for Liverpool’s Beatles-themed Hard Day’s Night Hotel.

Shannon’s first major project using Envirobase High Performance coatings was the creation of individual black-and-white portraits of John, Paul, George and Ringo for The Cavern’s 50th anniversary celebration.

“By the time I finished those paintings,” she said, “I was in love with Envirobase High Performance coatings.” The product enables her to get “amazing detail, like skin pores and flyaways on hair.”

Paul Stoll, manager of PPG’s automotive refinish training center in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is one of Shannon’s key PPG contacts.

“When she asked what I thought about using Envirobase coatings on canvas, I was really excited,” Stoll said. “Shannon isn’t afraid to leave her comfort zone. She’s eager to learn about our products and application techniques. Her great reputation and success opens the doors for other artists to use our products. It’s another niche for our product line.”

Shannon's custom art – Beatles imagery and otherwise – graces surfaces such as cars, guitars, bikes, boats, helmets, drums and even airplanes. She’s currently using Envirobase High Performance coatings to paint on glass, developing intricate custom ornaments.

She enthusiastically introduces the Envirobase High Performance coatings system to others, demonstrating her airbrush techniques at automotive trade shows, collision shops, colleges and at her own facility.

“I won’t ever use non-waterborne paint for a class anymore,” Shannon said, “not even if someone requests it.”

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