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PPG Supplies Coatings for Pittsburgh Roller Coaster

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) recently provided coatings for the Steel Curtain roller coaster, a new fixture at Kennywood Park, an amusement park in the Pittsburgh area. One of the colors chosen was Steelers Yellow, named for city's National Football League team.

According to the company, the roller coaster track and cars were treated with four coatings from PPG's commercial and marine product offerings including:

  • PPG Amercoat primer and coatings, which were used on the black metal track;
  • PPG Sigmadur coatings, which were used for the Steelers Yellow structure and walkway;
  • PPG PSX 700 coatings, which were used on components belonging to mechanical, electrical and coaster-car chassis; and
  • The PPG Delfleet FBC base coating, which provided the coaster cars with an automotive finish.

Kennywood Roller Coaster Project

The roller coaster, located in the "Steelers Country" section of Kennywood, features coatings from PPG wherever possible, noted Jerome Gibas, general manager of Kennywood Park.

Kennywood

Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) recently provided coatings for the new Steel Curtain roller coaster, a fixture at Kennywood Park, an amusement park in the Pittsburgh area. One of the colors chosen was Steelers Yellow, named for the city's National Football League team.

“Pittsburghers have a lot of pride in their city and, of course, their beloved Steelers football team,” Gibas said.

“It was important for us to implement pieces of Pittsburgh wherever possible in the new attraction areas of Steelers Country. Pittsburgh is also home to PPG. The company’s coatings and paints have been used all over the park for many years, so its partnership on the coaster project was a perfect fit.”

Steel Curtain, known for being Pennsylvania’s tallest roller coaster, has cars that travel 4,000 feet at 75 miles per hour, and also lays claim to the title of most inversions in North America (totaling nine) and the world record for tallest inversion (197 feet). The coaster track was made in Utah and coated with PPG coatings mixed by Jones Paint & Glass.

“This project required a global supplier that could match colors exactly for multiple structural components finished with multiple coatings products across the globe,” said Shilpa Hareesh, PPG corporate accounts manager for amusement parks and entertainment groups.

“Despite the inherent challenges that come with fabricating a large structure like this with several overseas vendors, tremendous cooperation among all the parties made everything work.”

Once the roller coaster was set up, paint touch-ups were applied. Kennywood is among the first amusement parks to establish a themed franchise area in connection with a sports team.

   

Tagged categories: Amusement Complexes; Coating Materials; Completed projects; NA; North America; Paint application; PPG; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Protective Coatings

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