Consumer Paint Work

September 28, 2010 by rick  
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I have worked in the consumer paint and hobby area as a senior chemist developing new paint formulas and color matching various systems. This has included work on air dry lacquers, enamels, and water-based paint systems. I have also worked on automotive touch up paint and even on cosmetic paint systems for personal use.  Almost all of this work has been independent and directed by myself and a small management team.

Patented Chemical Formulations

April 9, 2009 by rick  
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Several years of research developing paint stripping chemical formulations.  This involved creating a new, effective, and innovative organic chemical formulation to quickly remove unwanted coatings from automotive and industrial parts.  This truly unique chemistry is able to remove extremely tough automotive finishes, leaving the parts ready to be recoated.  Unlike older chemical strippers, this material does not attack the substrate and it is also environmentally safe and long lasting.  The product is currently being used at multiple locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Taiwan.  I hold two US patents on this stripping formulation and process.

Patents:  6,855,210 B17,151,080 B2

Automotive Coatings Work

April 8, 2009 by rick  
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Many years of work experience with the BASF Corporation working on automotive coatings research.  This involved paint formulation and testing with water based, solvent based, and powder based coatings.  Worked on several key projects, including the first water based basecoat systems, etch resistant clearcoats, and powder primer work.  Also responsible for work on developing powder coating systems for the John Deere company.  Extensive travel to customer facilities to provide on site technical support as well as running various field survey programs.  Very familiar with all forms of coatings testing, analysis, experimental design, application work, and in plant customer service.

Environmental Lab Experience

April 8, 2009 by rick  
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Several years of environmental laboratory experience.  This involved drinking water quality testing, EPA reporting, landfill and waste analysis.  Including work testing for heavy metals, toxins, PCBS, total fecal/coliform and other bacteriological materials in water samples, landfill well samples and industrial facilities.  Responsible for testing, approving reports, assigning tasks, and training personnel.

Taught High School Chemistry and Physics

April 7, 2009 by rick  
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Spent time teaching high school chemistry and physics.  This involved various student levels and preparations.  Teaching included concepts, real world experiences as well as laboratory work.