Vehicle Painter


Vehicle painters prepare surfaces of vehicles, match and mix colours, and apply primer and finishing coats of paint.

Duties & Tasks

Vehicle painters may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare surfaces to be painted by hand or machine
  • mix and match paint by eye or by using computer technology to ensure correct colour match
  • apply primer and finishing coats using spray guns and rub down surfaces between coats
  • touch up paintwork and apply polish to vehicles
  • remove masking papers before waxing and polishing finished paintwork
  • paint signs or artwork on vehicles
  • treat vehicles with rust-proofing chemicals.

Working Conditions

Vehicle painters wear protective clothing and face masks.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • normal colour vision
  • no breathing-related problems
  • no allergies to thinners or paints
  • able to stand or bend for lengthy periods.
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