Understanding Pre-Painted Metal

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Steelscape
Presented by Michelle Vondran

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the pre-painted metal fundamentals, the paint application process and the advantages of this process relevant to exterior building applications.
  2. Identify the three common types of paint systems, their differences and appropriate applications.
  3. Recognize the enhancement options available for pre-painted metal and how they can be modified specific to project needs.
  4. Identify pre-painted metal durability issues, their causes and applicable warranty considerations for end building users.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

Metal is an outstanding material of choice in exterior building design – it is durable and affords significant design flexibility. However, not all painted metal is the same; selecting the right coating can affect product lifespan, energy efficiency and visual appeal. In this course, students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of pre-painted metal, common paint systems, their differences and suitability for different environments. This course also provides an extensive overview of pre-painted metal enhancement options that can improve aesthetics, durability or energy efficiency. The final section of this course explores paint system failures and how they can be avoided. At the conclusion of this course, the designer or specifier will have an improved ability to select the right pre-painted product relative to environmental considerations and building owner expectations.

Understanding Pre-Painted Metal


Michelle Vondran is Technical Manager for NS BlueScope Coated Products, North America. Michelle graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She started her career as a research chemist with Morton (later BASF) coil coatings with a focus on polymers. This position also included lab development as well as lab-to-production scale-up and manufacturing quality and process control.

Eventually, Michelle’s focus shifted to cool pigmentation where she brought the first cool coil coatings to market. She was active in the Cool Roof Rating Council and Energy Star Roofing Program. She joined Steelscape as a Quality Engineer for the Rancho Cucamonga, CA paint line. While there, she has held the Quality Systems Manager role and now, in her current position, as Technical Manager. She oversees quality systems and technical service for BlueScope Coated Products North America, which is comprised of Steelscape and ASC Profiles. Michelle is an active member of the National Coil Coaters Association, sitting on the technical committee, as well as the Zinc Aluminum Coaters Association.


Steelscape Steelscape is a national supplier of coated metal used in the construction industry. Our products create a wide range of finished products including, metal roofing and siding, decking, and framing. Our capabilities encompass the entire coating process, from metallic-coating (corrosion-resistant coating) to painting, ensuring quality, consistency, and on-time delivery for customers. With extensive prototyping and development capabilities, Steelscape continuously evolves the color and finish options available for the design community. Our innovative products, such as Vintage® and the Eternal Collection®, continue to transform roof and wall surfaces throughout the US. Our highly experienced workforce began manufacturing coated steel products in Rancho Cucamonga, California, in 1968. We expanded to our Kalama Washington plant in 1997. Today we are jointly owned by two leaders of the modern steel industry, Nippon Steel Corporation, and BlueScope Steel Limited. Steelscape is committed to the ongoing development and application of pre-painted metal and is a proud member of the National Coil Coater’s Association (NCCA). For more information on our capabilities, explore the What We Do section of our website, or call us at 1-888-285-7717.


Originally published in July 2021