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Play it SMART with battery powered performance
Featuring advanced Li-ion technology and compact size, MIRKA’s latest battery powered tools offer game-changing performance whenever and wherever you need it.

Technology brings a breath of fresh air
Keeping painters protected in the workplace is vital to their wellbeing but what if the technology used could also boost business performance by minimising rework?

Going Downtown With PPG
Whether it’s a muscle car, street machine or hot rod, the epic builds from Down Town Kustoms feature hi-tech solutions that go hand-in-hand with bespoke craftsmanship.

PPG to launch PPG LINQ end-to-end digital solution for global refinish industry
Industry leading connectivity platform exclusively designed to improve customer experience, partner relationships and internal body shop operations

MOONWALK™ wins prestigious tech / innovation award
Bodyshop Magazine, in the UK, has singled out PPG's automated paint mixing technology, MoonWalk, to receive its highly respected 2020 Technology and Innovation Award. 

Seeing is Believing
‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ and it couldn’t be more true than when watching the latest video highlighting the speed of MIRKA’s all new LEROS!

PPG digital styling program offers OEMs advanced colour modelling
Featuring exceptionally realistic 3D modelling of colours and effects on virtual car designs and surfaces, PPG’s digital styling program give automotive designers a clever new tool.

Iridium is a cut above the rest!
When creating its advanced paper-backed abrasive that cuts fast, repels dust and has a long lifespan, MIRKA absolutely nailed the brief with Iridium® – just ask all the happy end users!

Return match
After a COVID-19 enforced layoff in 2020, the PPG Colour Matching Competition is making a triumphant return for 2021 as it continues to promote this fundamental skill.

McLaughlin carries familiar colours to INDYCAR
Kiwi star, Scott McLaughlin, will enter his rookie NTT INDYCAR® SERIES season with backing from a supporter that he is very well acquainted with – PPG!

The Real Deal
High-end kitchen or paint mixing room? The PPG paints and SATA spray guns probably give it away, while also making this a superb place to produce exceptional work!

Advantage receiver
With the simple installation of an Internet accessible connection, your PAINTMANAGER® XI computer can tap into all the awesome benefits of PPG’s global colour network.

PPG launches ‘Traffic Solutions’ business unit
Following its late 2020 acquisition of specialist coatings manufacturer, Ennis-Flint, PPG has taken the opportunity to establish an all-new business unit called Traffic Solutions.

When TAFE students wanted to show their Vibrance, PPG delivered!
VIBRANCE® COLLECTION finishes take centre stage as PPG’s training team provides specialised custom paint training that engages and inspires!

2K Booster Shot
There are many ways PPG’s MVP Business Solutions team can help you boost workshop efficiency – one of the latest is simply switching up to 2K seam sealer technology.

Taking productivity to new heights
Sick of spending vast amounts of time sanding the large, flat surfaces on heavy vehicles? Why would you when MIRKA’s all new LEROS gets it done in a fraction of the time!

New PPG Waterborne Air Blower highlights multi-role versatility
As well as accelerating waterborne drying time, the humble air blower’s multiple uses make it an integral part of a painter’s tool kit, says John Hristias, PPG Business Support Manager Asia / Pacific.

A Matter of Trust: FleetSpec
A major revamp of PPG’s FleetPool branding is highlighting the vast number of trusted partnerships the unique network has with large and small fleets right across the region.

Sink your teeth into paint defects with MIRKA Shark Blade
Featuring the ultra-sharp slicing power of a razor blade, without the safety issues, MIRKA’s Shark Blade is ideal for quickly and conveniently removing paint imperfections.

Tech on display with SATA limited edition
Like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character from the Terminator movies, it’s what is going on under the skin of a SATA spray gun that really counts. 

Cobra Bows Out
Having staked a place as a dependable and enduring market favourite, time has finally caught up with Cobra, as PPG’s long running refinish system is phased out.

Taking obsession to the next level
An obsession with improvement has helped leading spray equipment brand, SATA, cement its current premium model, the SATAjet® X 5500, as a market favourite.

Talking Training - Air Superiority
After investing in a quality booth and spray guns, along with a decent compressor with plenty of capacity, don’t forget the booth air regulator / filter unit, says John Hristias, PPG Business Support Manager Asia / Pacific.

Finer grits expand Iridium advantage
Adding two finer grits to the Iridium® range provides even greater opportunity to reap the productivity rewards of using MIRKA’s trailblazing paper-backed abrasive technology!

New setup guide maximises compact performance
For quickly and efficiently tackling smaller repair jobs, few tools are as effective as the SATAminijet® 4400 B.

Runs on the board

Well proven, reliable and cost effective, PPG’s BUSINESSMANAGER software offers collision repairers an easy to use, high-feature solution for streamlining admin operations.

No compromise savings with STARTLINE
By sourcing quality, no compromise products at a very reasonable cost, the Startline brand gives consumers access to high performance everyday collision centre consumables that won’t break the budget. Here are a few examples of what the ‘purple’ brand has to offer.

When TAFE students wanted to show their Vibrance, PPG delivered!
VIBRANCE® COLLECTION finishes take centre stage as PPG’s training team provides specialised custom paint training that engages and inspires!

Fast cure for the booth bottleneck
Rather than the cost and hassle of investing in specialised paint curing equipment, why not simply choose products that have advanced fast-cure technology built in?

Which Shell V-Power Racing Team driver will win the PPG challenge?
If you think Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin are competitive on track, you should see them in a collision repair scenario!

Hogging the limelight
When it comes to giving a Harley even more individuality, there is nothing like the VIBRANCE COLLECTION® from PPG!

Historic RAAF bomber resto gets PPG treatment
With support from PPG, a piece of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) history has been refurbished in preparation for the 2021 Australian International Airshow.

Colour shifting attention seeker
Is there another high energy, colour shifting finish that grabs as much attention as HARLEQUIN® by PPG?

PPG engineers recognised for Aeroscreen contribution
If you thought the latest INDYCAR open-wheelers looked a little different, you would be right.

Keeping focus on ANZ Colour Matching Competition
After almost 30 years of providing a platform for budding apprentice spray painters across Australia and New Zealand to exercise and refine their colour matching skills, the annual PPG Colour Matching Competition in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) has been stopped in its tracks by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Iridium – an investment in productivity!

Thanks to efficiency gains that far outweigh any extra cost per disc, MIRKA’s Iridium® range has been quickly adopted by repairers looking to save time, money and materials.

Are you prepared for the ‘new normal’?

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown up many challenges. However, there is also opportunities and now is the time to take advantage, says Greg Tunks, MVP Business Solutions Manager ANZ.

Vale Duncan McDonnell
PPG is sad to report the sudden passing of Duncan McDonnell – father, partner, colleague, mentor, friend and National Sales Manager Refinish Australia PPG Brands.

Challenging Opportunities
Extreme COVID-19 control measures have had a dramatic impact on collision repairers but, amongst the challenges there are opportunities, says Greg Tunks, PPG MVP Business Solutions Manager ANZ.

SEM Products Plastic Repair Solutions - Speed with Simplicity

Featuring fast curing two-pack technology, all-new SEM Products plastic repair solutions are here to boost productivity and profitability on these common repair scenarios.

Envirobase Sets the High-Water Mark

A remarkable combination of speed, efficiency, colour capability and ease-of-use have cemented ENVIROBASE® High Performance as the region’s most popular refinish system.

PPG Tech Tip: Investment Strategy
What is your business investment strategy?
It may sound strange to talk about ‘investing’ in a product or a piece of equipment but it’s something you do each time you make a business purchase. And when you invest money into your business, you expect to get some sort of return, right? However, do you know what return you are currently getting or do you just purchase based on price? When you take the time to do the sums, a great price tag can actually be false economy that costs your business money!

It Takes 2K to Really Tango

Is it time to totally re-examine your seam sealing process? We caught up with Tom Widmer from SEM Products to hear why he believes the company’s Dual-Mix Seam Sealer technology is a game changer for the local market.

TECH TIP: Waterborne in Winter

Because solvent-borne refinish technology has been around for so long, it is pretty well understood that adjustments need to be made when using it during colder winter temperatures, however this is also true of their waterborne counterparts. Sticking to some straightforward processes will ensure that your waterborne coatings are kept in optimum conditions so they can deliver the very best results.

Clean Between

The secret to efficient polishing and avoiding reworks can be as simple as incorporating some straightforward steps and techniques into your shop process.

Everywhere You Look

You may think you know PPG as a leading player in the vehicle refinish sector but that’s just a small fraction of what this 137-year-old company is all about.

Leading from the Front

With a mix of affordable, competitive racing and a range of hot brands that fans can easily relate to, TCR is one of the fastest growing motorsport categories on the planet.

Dual-Mix™ Seals the Deal

Market-shifting, two-pack seam sealing technology, from SEM Products, is here to provide repairers with all-new opportunities to reduce cycle-time and increase productivity.

From Pains to Gains
As well as being a very cool piece of kit, MOONWALK® swaps everyday paint shop pains for valuable gains in colour mix accuracy, minimised waste and extra time for painters.

Just for Fun
While building his ‘shop ute’, Mick Jones had enormous fun combining the full suite of VIBRANCE COLLECTION® products with all his creative skills to craft something truly unique.

Modern Classic

If a 1935 Chevrolet Coupe were to roll off the production line today, chances are this is what it would look and drive like.

Facebook Group Opens PPG Colour Matching Comp 24/7

Approaching its 30th Anniversary, the PPG Colour Matching Competition is a very popular annual event and, thanks to a new Facebook Group, past and present participants can now stay connected 24/7.

PPG partners with GIVIT for ‘In It Together’ campaign
After being devastated by recent bushfires, floods and prolonged drought, a variety of districts across Australia now face the additional pressure of COVID-19 measures.

Obsession with Improvement
When you take a look at each successive generation of SATA product, it’s easy to wonder how the company’s R&D team manage to consistently keep coming up with significant improvement. Whether it’s a spray gun, an air-fed hood or a compressed air filter unit, the quality, performance and attention to detail is already at the cutting-edge so how do they make it better?

DJR Team Penske Drops in on PPG Clayton
This year, marks a remarkable 36 years that Team Penske and PPG have been working together. Not only does it represent one of the longest-tenured partnerships in all of motorsports, it was also seen as an ideal reason for DJR Team Penske to make a special visit to PPG’s Clayton, Melbourne headquarters and manufacturing plant in early March.

Monster Energy Green with Envy
Thanks to the long-running PPG partnership, Cameron Waters’ Tickford Racing Ford Mustang has always had a stunning on-track presence but for 2020 it has been racketed up a notch further.

Dual-Mix™ lets you seam seal, cure and move on!

Featuring next-gen, fast curing 2K technology, SEM Products’ new range of Dual-Mix 2K Seam Sealers is here to change the way you seam seal.

Drive Through with Paul Galea
What unprecedented challenges the past three months have seen for our region - fires, floods and now COVID-19.

An Evening with the Stars

Thanks to a unique PPG event, 100 members of the South Australian collision repair community were able to spend an evening with Supercars driving stars.

PPG Backs Waste-Motive Eco-Initiative

To ensure we leave the world a better place, there is a growing understanding that we all need to play our part.

SMART Priming at the Speed of Light

The same remarkable abilities that make UV8080 UV Cured Primer Surfacer a perfect fit for SMART repairs also make it an ideal solution for any smaller, quick turnaround repair.

Nitro Series Fine-tuned for Collision and Restorations
By listening, observing and then optimising, Dynabrade has created the new Nitro Series which is specifically designed for quick and efficient collision repair and restoration work.

PPG and Team Penske Extend Partnership
On top of its long running partnership with DJR Team Penske in ANZ, PPG has confirmed that it is continuing it highly successful relationship with Team Penske in the US.

Green for Gold

Completing PPG’s Green Belt Training not only gives repairers valuable point towards I-CAR Gold Class status, it’s also a potent way to drive continuous business improvements.

Architects of the Future

What will the collision centre of the future be like? If Beppe Casalini and his PPG team has its way, it will be a very cool place to work, packed with connected, high-tech solutions.

For an outstanding example of the expanded capabilities of PPG’s latest VIBRANCE COLLECTION® range, look no further than this award winning ’35 Chevrolet Coupe.

For an outstanding example of the expanded capabilities of PPG’s latest VIBRANCE COLLECTION® range, look no further than this award winning ’35 Chevrolet Coupe.

PPG Foundation Supports Australian Bush Fire Relief Efforts
Starting with a donation of $50,000 USD ($72,432 AUD) to the Australian Red Cross, PPG has announced an initiative to support the Australian bushfire relief effort.

Another R&D 100 for PPG
Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards program has been identifying revolutionary technologies that have been newly introduced to the market and celebrated the top technology products of the year.

Refinisher Issue 4: Drive Through with Paul Galea - General Manager, Refinish ANZ
You may not be familiar with the term ‘digital eco-system’ but, for collision repairers, it’s something well worth getting excited about.

Established Heavy Hitter

Backed by 50 years in operation, Emu Plains Smash Repairs is utilising its specialist skills, knowledge and equipment to carve out a healthy niche for itself.

PPG at IDTechEx 2019
PPG highlights mobility and electronic materials solutions at IDTechEx 2019
The IDTechEx Show! seeks to provide insight into emerging technologies and, at the latest event, PPG was front and centre.

Plug and Play
Just as it did more than a century ago, Harley-Davidson has taken a leap of faith as its next-gen LiveWire™ model gets set to lead the motorcycle industry into an all new era.

PPG People: John Stanley

John Stanley – Editor, The Refinisher magazine


Despite writing for well over 20 years, John’s earlier career began in an entirely different field.

SLX-ceptional Opportunities

By delivering enhanced production speed, yet with no sacrifice in topcoat holdout, SLX Self Levelling Epoxy Primer Binder arrives as an absolute game-changer!

Tech Tip: Application Setup
Various factors go into achieving an excellent paint finish and one of them is spray gun setup – this is also one of the easiest to control and one area where I often see errors with applicators. The best spray gun nozzle size and adjustments will depend on the product and the type of application technology (diaphragm pump, pressure pot, etc) you are using but having everything working in your favour is one more way to build consistency and efficiency into your painting process.

Uplifting Experience

Thanks to a suite of efficient and effective product technologies, the Commercial Performance Coatings team is helping keep Downer Group’s major tram uplift project on track.

PHASER™ Get the X Factor

Complete with SATA’s revolutionary X-Nozzle System, the new generation SATAjet® X 5500 PHASERis all about style, sophistication and precision performance.

The Colours of Summernats

Colourful cars and colourful people make for a colourful experience at the annual Summernats event and that is a perfect fit for PPG.

SEM Products Heading Downunder

PPG’s acquisition of SEM Products is set to give local repairers access to the enhanced speed, efficiency and quality of this industry leading range of collision repair consumables.

MVP Parts Process, Part 2: The Cost of an Unorganised Parts Department

How to convert your parts department from a place of lost opportunities to a well organised business profit centre.

Talking Training: What is Your Investment Strategy?

Initial purchase cost is not an accurate indicator of a product’s value. Do the sums and a great price tag can actually turn out to be false economy that costs you money.

Hero Worship

When Holden released the V2 Monaro in 2001, it became an instant classic. Now, Holden is giving you the chance to own one, complete with bespoke PPG paint colour.

Find It, Paint It

Don’t have the paint code for a vehicle’s exterior or interior colour, trim, etc? No problem – just Paint It!

Fleet Footed

When it comes to offering CT fleet operators a high-quality finish and a comprehensive list of time saving services, PPG’s FleetPool network comes fully loaded.

2019 PPG Colour Matching Final

WA’s Jarrah Moon took the spoils but the skill of colour matching was the winner at the 2019 PPG International Colour Matching Competition.

State of the 'Art'

Wrapped in wave inspired bodywork, featuring PPG paint, the uber-cool Azaris is a rolling artwork that showcases a revolutionary new drive system and suspension design.

Demand and Supply

As a growing workload stretched workshop capacity to the limit, Total Fleet Imaging decided to invest in a massive expansion to meet customer demand – it has not looked back!

Training Centre Co-Stars at V8 Drivers Night

As the Pukekohe crowd roared its approval for Scott McLaughlin’s record breaking 17th win in the 2019 Supercars Championship, it marked the climax of an epic weekend for many PPG customers.

The New Gold Standard

An upgrade featuring a new multi-hole configuration, ensures that nothing is as good as Gold!

Built to Last

Forget today’s throwaway society – Dynabrade tools are designed and made to deliver long lasting performance.

Polish Up Your Act

Efficient de-nibbing and polishing is a key to minimising job labour cost and the newly updated PPG ‘Paint Rectification Process’ chart provides everything you need.

SATA Special Lets You Spray With Love and Peace

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival, SATA has created a special edition spray gun, called the SATAjet X 5500 ‘Hippie’.

Colour Connections

To be successful, public transport has to be a super convenient option for users and, whether we realise it or not, colour plays a crucial role.

Tech Tip: Cleaning Between Polish Steps
​John Hristias – PPG Business Support Manager Asia / Pacific
It’s a situation guaranteed to get the boss hot under the collar and customers writing negative reviews – you think you have polished de-nib marks out of a job, only for them to return after it’s washed a couple of times. Generally, it’s known as ‘ghosting’, ‘holograms’ or ‘swirl marks’ and, while it’s a common mistake, it’s also an easy one to fix, no matter what polish system you are using.

The Science Behind: Watching Paint Dry
We are told that it’s boring to watch paint dry but, when it comes to the automotive sector, the science behind it can actually be quite interesting.

Drive Through with Paul Galea - General Manager, Refinish ANZ
PPG continues to focus on automation as a way of supporting shops that have difficulty attracting and keeping skilled staff, not to mention minimising labour cost. 

Up for the Challenge
Covering over 3000km between Darwin and Adelaide, the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is regarded as the planet’s toughest solar vehicle race and, this year, two teams will be looking good with PPG support.

Sheen Raises the Bar at The Bash 2019
This year’s Bash raised $1.82 million – the highest amount ever raised and a credit to everyone involved!

Friend and Foe
Compressed air is absolutely essential for collision centre operations but, used in the wrong way, it has the potential to injure or even kill.

Change for the Better
During the 2019 awards judging tour, Samantha Street was amazed to see the dramatic transformational journey two particular businesses had taken over the past 12 months. It prompted the question, ‘what had made the difference’? It turns out it was simply about taking advantage of a specialised PPG service.

SEM-sational Solutions
Whether in the panel shop or the paint shop, the innovative range of SEM Products is set to give ANZ users the ability to slash repair steps, time and wastage, while enhancing quality.

Best Hood to Match the Best Gun
Thanks to over 90 years of spray equipment expertise, SATA offers market leading, precision German engineered air-fed hoods to match its premium spray guns.

Moorabbin Hospital gets PPG COLOURFUL COMMUNITIES® makeover
PPG volunteers recently spent an entire week completing a Colourful Communities project at Monash Health’s Moorabbin Hospital which is nearby to PPG’s Clayton headquarters.

Cool Technology
Thanks to an ongoing collaboration with PPG, Ferrari is the first to debut a new paint system which is very cool in more ways than one.

PPG Paint It!
Need to find a colour? Just ‘Paint It’
Because the paint code for a vehicle’s exterior or interior colour, trim, etc, isn’t always readily to hand, PPG created ‘Paint It’.

Small Size, Electrifying Performance
MIRKA continues to lead the charge to high efficiency electric tools with the launch of a compact 77mm version of the DEROS and OSP abrasives.

Tech Tip: Correct Spray Gun Maintenance
Understanding correct spray gun maintenance procedures and religiously using them is a no-brainer for painters. After all, the spray gun is a painter’s primary tool so it impacts every job. While they are not fragile, guns do need careful looking after to ensure peak performance over a long lifespan.

Colorful Communities® Honours Apollo 11
As the world celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, a special PPG Colorful Communities project at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC), has helped to commemorate the incredible feat.

PPG Goes on a Roller Coaster Ride
Although PPG’s DELFLEET® range was specially developed for trucks, buses, etc, it’s also an ideal solution for a whole host of other roles, including painting roller coaster cars!  

Tech Tip: Fine Body Filler
Smaller filler jobs and greater accuracy.
Nowadays, the majority of body filler repairs are either completed or finished off with ‘finer’ grade filler products. While there is a need to build efficiency into the process, it’s also crucial to avoid bad habits that lead to costly and frustrating reworks. When tackling smaller repair areas, it’s even more important to have a precise, step-by-step filler method to ensure a quality result.

Setup to e-X-cel
So, you have your brand new SATAjet X 5500 in your hand, with all its cool features – what you need now is the SATAjet X 5500 Setup Guide poster.

PPG Joins ATA Conference
Along with a packed schedule of fascinating seminars, the recent Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Conference gave visitors the chance to learn a little more about PPG.

Are You Colour Capable?
As vehicle manufacturers continue to use colour as a key selling point, is the refinish system you have chosen up to the colour challenge now and into the future?

A Touch of Innovation
We live in a touchscreen dominated world and PPG’s innovative coatings technologies are helping to enhance the performance of many of world’s most popular consumer electronics.

Iridium in its Element
While you don’t necessarily need to understand the technology behind MIRKA’s new premium abrasive, Iridium, it does help to explain why its performance is so good.

Born in the USA
A new PPG / Dynabrade partnership is giving consumers across the region access to a wide range of iconic tools, complete with outstanding backup support.

PPG Advances Sustainability to Protect and Beautify the World
‘We Protect and Beautify the World™’ is more than just a tagline for PPG, a fact highlighted by the publishing of its 2018 Sustainability Report. 

UV8080 Makes a SMART Choice
When looking to focus on smaller, quick turnaround repairs, the ability to work 75% faster is an absolute no-brainer, says Greg Tunks, PPG MVP Business Solutions Manager ANZ.

Honouring the ‘Heroes of Chemistry’
A team of PPG automotive OEM coatings scientists have been singled out for the prestigious 2019 ‘Heroes of Chemistry’ award for the discovery and development of the innovative B1:B2™ Compact Paint System.

New SATA Nozzle Tech is the X Factor for Painters
Thanks to SATA’s radical new X-Nozzle System, the SATAjet X 5500 can be perfectly setup to suit every painter, their chosen paint brand and their application conditions.

Five Minutes of Fame
Since launching in mid-2018, PPG’s LVC-105 EnviroFIVE Clearcoat has become an instant best seller and the ability to cure in only five minutes is just one of its advantages!

New PPG Organisation Enhances Vehicle OEM Support
Despite already having close partnerships with virtually every major vehicle OEM on the planet, PPG is about to take these relationships to the next level. 

A Cut Above the Rest
Manufactured using leading-edge abrasive technology, the new Iridium® range from MIRKA is engineered to cut fast, repel dust and stay sharp to save you time and money.

Take a Step Back
It’s extremely rare to be able to eliminate a whole step from a repair process but this is exactly what PPG’s new LVA-650 EnviroLOCK Plastic Primer Converter lets you do.

Major Milestone for PPG
Team Penske Partnership