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OLYMPIC Paints and Stains Brand of PPG Achieves GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title for Largest Paintbrush Mosaic

June 6, 2016
By Business Wire News


With more than 150 gallons of OLYMPIC®MAXIMUM® stain and 33,000 WOOSTER® paint brushes, the Olympic Paints and Stains brand of PPG (NYSE: PPG) today achieved the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the Largest paintbrush mosaic.

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OLYMPIC® Paints & Stains today was officially awarded the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for Largest  ...

OLYMPIC® Paints & Stains today was officially awarded the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for Largest Paintbrush Mosaic in Charlotte, NC. (Photo: Business Wire)

Hundreds of shoppers and guests at 21 LOWE’S® locations across the Midwest and east coast helped to build the 350-square-foot mosaic as part of the OlympicMaximum stain tour. The tour stopped first in Indianapolis in early May, where the paintbrush mosaic of stained Adirondack chairs overlooking a colorful sunset began. Each tour attendee along the 1,500-mile route could dip a paintbrush in OlympicMaximum stain and personally sign it to contribute to the artwork.

The mosaic was completed today and awarded the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDStitle at an event in Charlotte, North Carolina, near the Lowe’s headquarters. Representatives of Lowe’s stores and Olympic Paints and Stains joined customers and GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator Michael Furnari to see the final mosaic unveiled in a curtain-drop ceremony.

“We were able to make a big splash throughout the OlympicMaximum tour with the paintbrush mosaic,” said Alison Bruce, PPG senior channel manager – Olympic stains. “Consumers loved being a part of the record-breaking process at each stop along the tour, and it was as memorable for them as it was for us. This accomplishment would not have been possible without our customers’ involvement and engagement in the OlympicMaximum stain demonstrations.”

In addition to contributing to the mosaic, the OlympicMaximum stain tour offered consumers the chance to learn more about the OlympicMaximum product with unique WEATHER-READY® application, which allows for a wider window of time to stain wood, even in adverse weather conditions. Do-it-yourself consumers participated in interactive demonstrations, including damp-wood application, and learned about cold and warm weather application. At each stop, oversized stained Adirondack chairs provided a viewing area that allowed guests to watch as other event attendees contributed paintbrushes to the mosaic.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator Michael Furnari said, “This is a fantastic feat for the Olympic Paints and Stains brand. The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS organization is pleased to present this title to Olympic Paints and Stains for the largest paintbrush mosaic.”

The OlympicMaximum product with Weather-Ready application can be applied after rain because it is formulated for damp-wood applications* for consistent results. Also, the product is rain-ready 8-12 hours after application, which is 12-16 hours faster than typical stain products, so homeowners no longer have to fear their completed project will be ruined by unpredictable rain. *Stain may be applied to a damp, not WET surface. Make sure there are no puddles.

In addition to its rain-ready features, OlympicMaximum stain’s unique formula offers a wider range of application temperatures, from 35 F to 90 F.

Olympic Paints and Stains is a brand of PPG’s architectural coatings business. PPG is the world’s leading coatings company. Olympic Paints and Stains can be found at Lowe’s locations across North America. To learn more about the Olympic Paints and Stains brand, visit

EDITORS NOTE: For more information on the Olympic Maximum stain record-breaking mosaic and tour, photos and video, visit

PPG’s architectural coatings business in the U.S. and Canada is an industry leader in residential and commercial coatings, delivering the latest technologies and operational advancements through its strong portfolio of brands. It manufactures and sells interior and exterior paints, stains, caulks, repair products, adhesives and sealants for homeowners and professionals. Its distribution network includes more than 15,000 touchpoints through company-owned stores, independent dealer locations and all major home improvement centers across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit

About Guinness World Records

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) is the global authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the iconic annual Guinness World Records books have sold over 136 million copies in over 20 languages and in more than 100 countries. Additionally, the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition, first published in 2007, has sold more than 4 million copies to date.

Guinness World Records’ worldwide television programs reach over 750 million viewers annually, and more than a million people subscribe to the GWR YouTube channel, which enjoys more than 300 million views per year. The GWR website receives 18 million visitors annually, and we have over 10 million fans on Facebook. For more information, visit


At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.3 billion in 2015. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit

We protect and beautify the world is a trademark and the PPG Logo is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
Maximum, Olympic and Weather-Ready are registered trademarks of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.
Guinness World Records is a registered trademark of Guinness World Records Limited.
Lowe’s is a registered trademark of LF, LLC.

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