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04/23/2003
Kosmoski Provides A Primer On Colors

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Since Hudson Valley Community College offers four top-notch automotive degree programs, including programs that teach students to work with General Motors and Chrysler vehicles, it was fitting that world-renowned custom vehicle painter Jon Kosmoski visited the school's automotive laboratory on April 16. He demonstrated custom vehicle painting techniques on fenders and hoods in Hudson Valley's automotive laboratory.

"This is an opportunity for Hudson Valley's automotive students to learn from the best," said Phil White, department chairperson for Hudson Valley's Automotive & Industrial Technologies department. "Jon Kosmoski is like the Dale Earnhardt of custom vehicle painting, and what he's sharing is applicable to what our students are studying."

"What I do is take people from square one and give them the basics of doing custom work," said Kosmoski, who is the founder of House of Kolor, a leading manufacturer in the custom painting industry. "I enjoy teaching like this. It gives me a chance to give back to the industry. And people can use what they learn instantly."

There's a lot to learn from Kosmoski, who is considered a legend in his industry. He got his start in custom work right of high school, painting helmets and motorcycle parts for his friends. Then, in 1956, after a garage did a less-than-stellar painting job on his rebuilt 1940 Chevy Coupe, he took matters into his own hands, teaming up with a doctor in polymer chemistry to produce custom paints that wouldn't tarnish, crack or sun-fade, even in severe climates or radical temperature changes.

Additionally, he wanted his paints to be able to withstand the many coats required for a custom job.

Soon, Kosmoski's paint jobs began to win awards, and by 1965 his company – House of Kolor – was recognized as a top producer of high-caliber paints. House of Kolor's unique, award-winning product line gives custom painters the freedom to use their imaginations to design, invent, and create "one-of-a-kind" custom paint jobs.

"Because I've developed my own paints, which is rare in the automotive industry, I'm also able to talk about the chemistry of paint," Kosmoski said. "I have a lot to draw from."

In 1997, House of Kolor became part of the Valspar Automotive Coatings Division. Kosmoski continues to play an important role in House of Kolor, though. He travels around the world conducting training classes, and continues to share his innovative ideas, helping to keep House of Kolor on the leading edge of custom automotive coatings.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.