The 2020 running of the annual PPG Colour Matching Competition is fast approaching and it’s time for eligible spray-painting apprentices across Australia and New Zealand to sign up. As well as the ability to hone colour theory and practical colour matching skills by competing in regional and state competitions, there is the opportunity to have fun, take home some cool prizes and maybe even win through to become a colour matching champion. 

In 2019, it was Jarrah Moon, representing WA, who took the overall win. “I was a bit nervous at the state competition but just decided to go in, have some fun and try my best. It went pretty smoothly and I just scrapped by and managed to get the win. The national comp felt a bit more serious but meeting all the other contestants and hanging out the day before the competition calmed my nerves. I was really stoked to place first. Congrats to all the other contestants, I feel like it was a close race.”  

This year’s preliminary state and regional competitions are scheduled between June and August – see the list below. The PPG team look forward to seeing all eligible apprentices so get your entry in now, as places are limited. Competing in the region’s longest running and most prestigious colour matching competition is not just about testing skills under the competition spotlight – winners get to represent their state or country in this year’s ANZ final, held in Melbourne 15– 17 October. 

Whether it’s regionals or the grand finale, there is valuable experience on offer for any budding spray-painting apprentice, according to Carl Tinsley, Teacher, Autobody Repair & Surface Coatings, TAFE NSW, who attended the 2019 final. “This is the most well organised and professionally run event I have attended. I must congratulate the team at PPG for the dedication and hard work they put into making this an amazing experience for both apprentices and TAFE teachers each year. Thank you to PPG for recognising and encouraging the future of our industry.”

Will you walk away with the big prizes and have your name on the trophy? You have to be in it to win it! 

Who is eligible to enter?

Apprentice currently attending a TAFE college or students completing an equivalent automotive spray-painting apprenticeship course.

Competition format

Contestants are given a set time to match two colours (usually a solid and a metallic / pearl) with a break in between. As well as colour matching skills, contestants are judged on safety, cleanliness and work practices.

Why enter?

It’s a fun way to get valuable colour matching experience, along with bragging rights on your mates! Win through to the national final and you could travel to the host city and compete for the champion’s trophy, as well as terrific prizes, such as a Sony Playstation 4 Pro, an Apple Watch, SATA spray equipment and MIRKA tools. Last but not least, because this is a recognised and respected industry award, doing well can be a great way to advance your career.

How do you enter?

Speak to your training provider or click here.

COMPETITION FINAL – Thursday 15- 17 October, Melbourne, Victoria



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