Color Society


Revised Syllabus for the Color Society’s Diploma in Paint Technology.

Educational Year - 2020-2021 ​

(Revision -01, Date - 09-05-2020)

PAPER I                                                                                            Marks 100 


  • General Introduction and historical background of Paints and Coatings.
  • Definition of Paints, Coatings, Varnishes, Lacquers.
  • Why paints or coatings? – Importance of coating.
  • Essential and specific functions of coatings.
  • Main constituents and Ingredients of paints
  • Function and role of each ingredients.
  • Classification/Types of paints.
  • Basic of polymer chemistry.
  • Methods of polymersation.
  • Polymer characterization- Molecular weight distribution, Rheology of polymeric systems etc.
  • Film formation mechanism/ drying of paints

PAPER II                                                                                                           Marks 100 


  1. BASIC RAW MATERIALS FOR COATINGS.(Solvent and Water base)

 1) Resins/Binders/Polymers.

  2) Pigments and Extenders.

  3) Solvents/Thinners.

  4) Additives.

  • Resins/Binders/Polymers.
  • Definition and function of resins.
  • Classification and properties of Resin/ Binders.
  • In short –methods of resin manufacturing.
  • Properties of Coatings affected by Resin /Binders.
  • General binders for solvent base and water base paints.
  • Testing of resins and Important of specific test.
  • Pigments and Extenders.
  • Concept of colour phenomenon. (General concepts of color and its evaluation.)
  • Types of pigments: Organic, Inorganic, specialty, and Miscellaneous pigments.
  • Types of extenders.
  • Specific Properties of Pigments and Extenders.
  • Function of pigments and extenders in coatings.
  • Testing of pigments.
  • Solvents/Thinners.
  • Types of solvents
  • General Properties of solvents.
  • Effect of solvent on film properties.
  • Classes of solvents.
  • Testing of solvents
  • Function of additives.
  • General Properties of additives.
  • Testing of

PAPER III                                                                                                        Marks 100


  • Types of paints and coatings as per substrates and Area of application.     (Solvent & Water Base)

              1) Architectural coatings 2) Auto and Auto refinishing Coating,3) Industrial  Coatings, 

              4) OEM Coating 5) Wood Coating, 6) Marine Coating 7) Floor Coatings 8) Coating for

                 Ceramic, Glass, Plastic, Aluminum, Galvanized, Paper, Leather and Other Substrates.

  • Coating as per Service environments (Mild, Moderate and Severe condition)
  • Coating for Construction and Building materials (solvent and water base)
  • Principles of Paint formulation.
  • Mathematics and steps involved in paint formulation.
  • Typical formulation of primers, under coats, base coats and finish coats.
  • Steps in paint manufacturing.
  • Machinery used in paint manufacturing
  • Testing of paints.(wet paint and dry film)
  • Purpose of Testing and preparation of TC, TDS and MSDS.
  • General hazards in coating Industries.
  • Safety measure and protection at paint factory.

PAPER IV                                                                                                         Marks 100


  • Corrosion theory.
  • Types of corrosion.
  • Surface preparation – Various methods of surface preparations.
  • Types of surface preparations,
  • Standards of surface preparations.
  • Surface preparations methods, for various substrates.
  • Corrosion control Techniques.-Cathodic protection via- ICCP, Sacrificial anodes, Galvanizes, Anodizes, Metalizing etc.
  • Paint applications techniques & various paint application methods like-Powder coating, Electrodeposition, Coil coating EB, UV curing, Auto coating application
  • Application problems, trouble shooting.
  • Defects- causes and remedies
  • Painting specification and inspection.
  • Testing and calculation while painting- viscosity,, covering etc.
  • Application safety. – Safety at height, safety in confined place etc.
  • DFT measurements and area measurements
  • Pollution control, PPE and First Add at application site.