A few issues back, we brought you an inside look at the water borne technology by PPG Industries. We decided to go even further in depth this month, as we hooked up with Paul Stoll, paint proffesor at PPG, who was kind enough to set up this yearly Lowrider paint panel bash. In this section, we aim to show you the endless possibilities that you can create with this exciting new painting system.

We all know that Lowriders are all about paint. Without the right paintjob, your automotive masterpiece is just a rough draft. From Candy to Flake, Lowriders have been at the forefront of automotive paint technology for years, it just comes with the territory of being the talk of the Boulevard and Shows. This innovation is something that is environmentally friendly, and is still able to give you the luster found in some of today’s most sought after paint finishes.

It’s not new technology; it’s been around for years in Europe. This technology has also been in play at the OEM level in America. Current air quality regulations have led to safer paints, in order to promote a cleaner environment and a healthier world. The local body shops have followed suit, making their own transition into the waterborne paint bases. It’s been a learning experience for everybody, but it is not as bad as some initially thought the transition would be.

In this tech article, we teamed up with the Pros of PPG and a few invited guests for this annual bash, which proved to be quite a Lowrider painting experience, as the room was filled with endless talent and chemistry that captivated each and every builder on hand. The selected few came from as far East as New York, Kentucky, and from Western hubs like Phoenix and Sin City. These guys are going to show us how some of today’s technology works, so follow along as they pull out all the stops at PPG’s Los Angeles training center to show us the endless possibilities of waterborne technology.

PPG Industries
11276 Fifth St., Suite 500
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

1. The PPG course started off with Paul and Frank talking about safety training before any spray guns and masks were handed out.

2. Paul showed the guys some examples of pieces that were painted in waterborne format.

3. These metal panels were ready to be worked on.

4. Everybody had to scuff down their own panel to make sure that the paints would adhere to the panels.