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Coatings Company Donates Coatings for UFO

Friday, June 7, 2019

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Coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently donated coatings for the refurbishing of Mars, Pennsylvania’s iconic flying saucer, which serves as a roadside attraction.

According to Mars Mayor Gregg Hartung, the saucer was orginally built by a local resident as a joke: Two fuel tankers had been welded together, with the addition of a top.

The system, expected to last 15-20 years minimum, is composed of the PPG Coraflon Ads (air-dry system) coatings, including a primer, a metallic topcoat and a clearcoat. The spaceship is 9 feet in diameter, weighing almost 2,000 pounds.

Repainting the UFO

According to PPG, the Mars Historical Society chose the silver-metallic color for the project, while Oesterling’s Sandblasting & Painting (Butler, Pennsylvania) was responsible for sandblasting and recoating the saucer.

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Coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently donated coatings for the refurbishing of Mars, Pennsylvania’s iconic flying saucer, which serves as a roadside attraction.

The coating system was formulated with an advanced fluoroethylene vinyl ether fluoropolymer resin for corrosion protection.

The saucer, removed in March of this year, was reinstalled on May 23, in order to be part of the Mars Exploration Celebration, which was held from May 31 to June 2.  (The celebration is an extension of the town’s Mars New Year celebration—hosted in collaboration with NASA—which takes place on March 21, to mark that a new year begins on Mars every 678 days.)

Mars resident Jackie Kulfan, who also works as a PPG proposal and contract manager, proposed the idea for the company to donate the coatings. She originally had the idea during the 2017 celebration.

“I saw a photo from two years ago with Chris [Clutter, secretary of the Mars Area History and Landmark Society] standing on the spaceship and painting it with a roller,” said Kulfan.

“We are pleased to help protect and beautify this iconic town landmark, which is located about 25 miles north of PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh.”

   

Tagged categories: Coating Application; Coating Materials; Corrosion protection; NA; North America; PPG

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