Basic Composition of Coatings Short Course


Basic Composition of Coatings Short Course


September 28- October 2, 2015 (Fall 2015)

Missouri S&T campus - ROLLA, MO


Course Contents

General Definitions

    A.  Evolution of Coatings
            1.  Weight and volume relationships
            2.  Comparisons of shelf goods

Composition of Coatings

    A.  Binders
            1.  Oils
            2.  Alkyd resins
            3.  Epoxies
            4.  Polyurethanes
            5.  Silicones
            6.  Polymer chemistry
            7.  Acrylics
    B.  Solvents
            1.  Aliphatic
            2.  Aromatic
            3.  Safety and handling
    C.  Pigments
            1.  Hiding white pigments
            2.  Aromatic
            3.  Color pigments
            4.  Metallic pigments
    D.  Additives
            1.  Driers
            2.  Rheology modifiers
            3.  Microbiocides
            4.  Coalescing aids
            5.  Surfactants
            6.  Defoamers
            7.  Pigment dispersants

Formulation of Coatings

    A.  Where to begin
    B.  Choice of binders
    C.  Choice of pigments
    D.  Weight and volume relationships
    E.  Manufacturing
    F.  Environmental considerations


    A.  Definitions
    B.  Color measurement
    C.  Color computer

MSDS Data Sheets


    A.  Wet end
    B.  Dry end
    C.  Instrumental methods

Polymers in Coatings

    A.  Chemistry
    B.  New direction


    A.  Paint milling
    B.  Color development
    C.  Testing
    D.  Many others


    "The Basic Composition of Coatings" is designed to introduce the newcomer, as well as those involved in raw material manufacture, sales and technical service, to the technical aspects of paint manufacture, testing and use.   Topics of discussion will include the history of paint, materials used in manufacture, simple formulating techniques that you can put to immediate use, introduction to the equipment used to make and test modern protective coatings, modern chemical instrumentation as applied to coatings, and simple cost accounting that allows beginners to start on a stable economic basis.  There will be over four (4) hours of demonstrations throughout the lecture period on topics such as paint milling, color development, testing and many others.

    Particular attention will be given to the needs of newcomers to the coatings industry in laboratories, production units, or marketing groups.  Course attendees in allied professions have found this course to provide an increased awareness of how their products fit into the area of coatings and have also found new uses for their products.

    Course notes are provided for all participants.   Lectures and demonstrations are presented in an informal way to encourage questions and discussion.  You will be encouraged to take an active part in all phases of the program.  Time is allowed for private, in-depth conversations to explore special problems.


    You need NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE in the coatings field to participate in this introductory course. 

    You should have a sincere desire to learn about what goes into modern coatings and how they are made and tested, all within the imposed restrictions of OSHA, EPA and the rapidly changing raw materials supply situation.

COURSE FEE:  $1350.00 for the 2015 courses


MONDAY:  8:00 a.m. Enrollment
9:00 a.m.  to  5:00 p.m. Class Session 
5:30 p.m.  to  8:00 p.m. "Get-Acquainted" Dinner with cash bar
TUESDAY - THURSDAY : 8:00 a.m.  to  5:00 p.m.    Class Session
THURSDAY EVENING: 6:00 p.m.  to  8:00 p.m.   Complimentary Dinner with cash bar
FRIDAY: 8:00 a.m.  to  12:00 Noon Class Session  


Lecture will conclude at 12:00 noon on Friday in Rolla, please schedule your travel arrangements accordingly. 

Please note:   The dress attire is casual


Pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited.   Register early to ensure a place in this course.


Telephone#: (573)-341-4419
E-mail address:

Please have the following information ready:

Your Name, Company Name, Address, Telephone #, Fax #, e-mail address and method of payment (Visa, Mastercard, Check, or Invoice).

For More Information

For further information about our current activities and Missouri S&T academic programs contact Michael Van De Mark at (573) 341-4419 or 4882, or e-mail: . You can also write to us at Missouri S&T Coatings Institute, BOM #2, 651 W. 13th St., Rolla, MO 65409-1020. Our web site is