PARSIPPANY, NJ – Lincoln Educational Services Corp., provider of specialized technical training, has entered into an agreement with AkzoNobel Coatings Inc. Lincoln Tech’s Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology programs across the country will utilize paints and refinish coatings solely from AkzoNobel, as the two organizations strengthen their partnership following the opening of the Kindig Academy at Lincoln Tech in Denver, Colorado. AkzoNobel also partners with Dave Kindig of Kindig-It Design to produce the custom Modern Classikk paint line.
Kindig’s Modern Classikk line is derived from AkzoNobel’s Sikkens refinish brand, the brand that will be used at the Kindig Academy. Lincoln Tech campuses offering collision repair career training will have the opportunity to receive products from either Sikkens or Lesonal, another AkzoNobel brand.
“AkzoNobel’s Sikkens and Lesonal product lines are known as two of the finest brands in the paint and refinish market,” said Scott Shaw, Lincoln Tech’s President and CEO. “For our students to have access to hands-on experience using these products will be an incredible benefit to them as they train for careers in today’s collision repair industry. We are excited and grateful to be able to take our relationship with AkzoNobel to this exciting next level.”
In addition to supplying paint products and application equipment, AkzoNobel’s proprietary color-matching software MIXIT™ will also be available to Lincoln Tech students. These software programs, including the Sikkens CARBEAT® visual management system, reportedly improve production and cycle times by up to 12%.
As part of Lincoln Tech’s collision repair and refinishing career training, students gain hands-on experience repainting panels and other auto body components and also applying airbrush artwork to unique project cars that allow them to showcase their creative flair. Training combines the technical aspects of assessing collision damage, using computerized equipment to realign frames, and using body hammers and paint-less dent repair techniques to repair panels with the artistic side of customizing paint work to produce eye-catching restorations.
Lincoln Tech offers collision repair career training at its campuses in Denver, Colorado; East Windsor, Connecticut; Grand Prairie, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Melrose Park, Illinois; and Nashville, Tennessee.