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Roller Coaster Casts Vote for Repaint

Friday, September 10, 2021

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Local Pittsburgh amusement park, Kennywood Park, recently invited park visitors and roller coaster riders to vote on what color they believe the Phantom’s Revenge should be coated during the park’s off-season.

After 20 years, park officials had announced that it was time for the roller coaster tracks to be repainted. The coaster is reported to be a staple of the park's skyline for three decades. Over the years, the steel structure has reportedly undergone various modifications, including a second drop into the ravine, a secondary close encounter with the adjacent Thunderbolt coaster and a finale filled with airtime. 

Despite plans for a new paint job, Kennywood’s website reports that the coaster’s support beams would remain black, however, and would not be receiving a fresh coat for the 2022 season.

In voting for the new color, which closed on Wednesday (Sept. 8), individuals were given the choice of “Petrifying Purple” or “Terrifying Teal.” No information on what coatings manufacturer would provide the coatings has been reported.

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Local Pittsburgh amusement park, Kennywood Park, recently invited park visitors and roller coaster riders to vote on what color they believe the Phantom’s Revenge should be coated during the park’s off-season.

Although voting has recently closed, Kennywood Park has yet to announce the winning color. Results are slated to be posted on Kennywood’s website, here.

The fresh look is slated to debut during the 2022 season.

Amusement Park Coatings

In August 2019, coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) was reported to have provided coatings for the Steel Curtain roller coaster, a new fixture at Kennywood Park. 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.

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.

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.

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.

In the realm of amusement parks and PPG paints, the company reported earlier this year that it had signed a five-year preferred paint supplier agreement with Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world’s largest regional theme park company and largest operator of waterparks in North America.

According to PPG, paint products offered through this agreement will help create brand consistency and protect Six Flags’ attractions, coasters and offices.

One of the PPG paint products to be used as part of the agreement is PPG Permanizer paint. The product’s 100% acrylic formula provides a finish with a durable film, adhesion and protection from ultraviolet light, dirt and moisture.

The agreement’s portfolio of PPG products also includes PPG Amerlock 2 coatings with low volatile organic compounds, PPG PSX 700 products, PPG PSX 800 coatings, PPG Fastdry 35 products, PPG Truefinish products and various PPG Delfeet products.

Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.


Tagged categories: Amusement Complexes; Coating Application - Commercial; Coating Materials; Coatings; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Paint application; Project Management; Recoating; Upcoming projects

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