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Paint toner donation to help Iowa Lakes student learning

April 25, 2017

A shiny topcoat just isn’t enough for the students and teachers in the Auto Collision Repair & Paint Technology program at Iowa Lakes Community College — they know that what’s below the sparkle counts too.

That’s why those in the program are grateful for the recent donation of automotive paint toners from Arnold Motor Supply, Spencer, and PPG Automotive Refinish.

“The donation of these toners, worth $6,500, allows the program to use funds for student learning, other materials and supplies,” said Rob Schultz, assistant professor in the Auto Collision Repair & Paint Technology program.

Toners have a significant effect on the outcome of a paint job. These toners will likely last more than three years, and will allow students to match paint manufactures formulas for almost any vehicle both foreign and domestic made from the 1960s up to today.

“We appreciate the opportunity for PPG and Arnold’s (Motor Supply), giving this chance for students to use the product and gaining customers for life,” said Randy Schultz of PPG.

Students and staff from Iowa Lakes Community College accept a donation of $6,500 in paint toners for the Auto Collision Repair & Paint Technology program. Shown from left are Executive Dean Tom Brotherton; Randy Schultz, territory manager with PPG Automotive Refinish; student Austin Miller of Graettinger; student Brock Hubbell of Plover; student Mitchell Wittmus of Fairmont, Minn.; Grant Schenk, manager of Arnold Motor Supply, Spencer; and Rob Schultz, assistant professor in the Auto Collision Repair & Paint Technology program at Iowa Lakes.Students and staff from Iowa Lakes Community College accept a donation of $6,500 in paint toners for the Auto Collision Repair & Paint Technology program. Shown from left are Executive Dean Tom Brotherton; Randy Schultz, territory manager with PPG Automotive Refinish; student Austin Miller of Graettinger; student Brock Hubbell of Plover; student Mitchell Wittmus of Fairmont, Minn.; Grant Schenk, manager of Arnold Motor Supply, Spencer; and Rob Schultz, assistant professor in the Auto Collision Repair & Paint Technology program at Iowa Lakes.

More than 70 percent of area auto body shops use PPG products, so using them helps students get experience with industry materials.

“The college greatly appreciates the support of industry and area businesses, for students to learn professional work standards, using industry quality materials,” said Executive Dean Tom Brotherton.

Rob Schultz, assistant professor in the Auto Collision Repair & Paint Technology program at Iowa Lakes, shows what a layer of toner looks like before any additional layers are added. A large piece of this vehicle was removed and replaced before a student began the painting process. Rob Schultz, assistant professor in the Auto Collision Repair & Paint Technology program at Iowa Lakes, shows what a layer of toner looks like before any additional layers are added. A large piece of this vehicle was removed and replaced before a student began the painting process. 

Grant Schenk of Arnold Motor Supply said the donation should mean an easier transition for students from school to work, since they’ll be using the same products in the field.

“Experience with this product makes the graduate more marketable in northwest Iowa,” Schenk said. “They are able to say ‘I can do that,’ because they’ve worked with this PPG product.”

The water-based paint system used with these toners has less environmental impact while still resulting in an exceptional finish, Brotherton added. 

Grant Schenk, manager of Arnold Motor Supply, Spencer, hands one of the bottles of toner to Rob Schultz, assistant professor in the Auto Collision Repair & Paint Technology program at Iowa Lakes Community College.Grant Schenk, manager of Arnold Motor Supply, Spencer, hands one of the bottles of toner to Rob Schultz, assistant professor in the Auto Collision Repair & Paint Technology program at Iowa Lakes Community College.

For More Information:

Rob Schultz, assistant professor in Auto Collision Repair & Paint Technology, at 712-852-5236

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