Spray finishing event is back by popular demand

Participants will be graded with an overall score from the virtual system, which helps in identifying cost-saving potential.

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KITCHENER, ON — The Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario has announced the return of the spray finishing training at Conestoga College. Scheduled for Thursday, July 4th, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Woodworking Centre on the Doon Campus, this event is a must for anyone looking to enhance their finishing skills.

This comprehensive training session, led by David Blackler, a professor and finishing technologist at Conestoga College, is designed to improve the skill set of your finishing knowledge. Whether you're a new or experienced spray operator, or a manager in the finishing department, this training offers insights and practical skills that can lead to improvements in your processes.

Registration includes all necessary materials, a catered lunch, and access to a state-of-the-art spray simulator for hands-on training.

The training is divided into two parts: in-class theory and practical shop training. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect:

  • In-class training (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • Practical shop training (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
  • Equipment:

    HVLP (high volume, low pressure) spray equipment – pros and cons
    Airless – air assist – pros and cons
  • Typical spray material:

    Stains – spray, wipe, water-based, solvent-based
    Sealer and topcoats
    Pigmented lacquer
    Troubleshooting: identifying root causes
    Quality assurance and process control
    Training on the virtual spray system
    Adjusting spray guns
    Application techniques

Following the in-class theory, participants will engage in practical shop training using simulators. This hands-on session will solidify the theoretical knowledge gained during the morning and provide skills that can be directly applied to your work.


  • Member pricing: $495.00 + HST
  • Non-member pricing: $950.00 + HST

    Seats are limited, so make sure to register as soon as possible to secure your spot. This is an excellent opportunity to advance your finishing skills and network with industry professionals.

For any questions regarding the event, feel free to contact the team:

Mike Baker, CEO: [email protected] | 226-668-5455
Michael Petrie, Senior membership manager: [email protected] | 519-857-6174
Brayden DeWitt, Cluster administration specialist: [email protected]

Don't miss this chance to take your finishing department to the next level with WMCO's Spray Finishing Training. Register today and join us for a day of learning, networking, and hands-on experience!


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