Automotive painters are people dedicated to painting vehicles such as cars, trains and buses. They may work for dedicated paint job companies or as freelance handymen, depending on how they want to be employed. An automotive painter will typically paint an automobile in a color that the customer wants, and ensure that the paint job is done perfectly.
However, there is much more that an automotive painter does than simply applying paint to automobile surfaces. Setting up painting equipment, matching colors, and assisting with denting work is also part of an automotive painter’s job. Working as one does not require formal education except a high school diploma or a GED, but you do have to possess knowledge of using tools and equipment of the trade, such as brushes and sprayers. Physical dexterity is a prerequisite for this job as one often has to work long hours to ensure that a paint job is done well.
Quality control is probably the first thing that automotive painters have to concentrate on. A shoddy paint job can cost you your reputation as a professional and even your job! The ability to decipher the right amount of required paint and other materials such as thinners, is of the utmost importance here, as you do not want to come across as someone who is not concerned about wastage.
Typically, these are the duties that you will be performing on a work day:
• Confer with customers to determine their automotive painting requirements and provide them with feedback on availability
• Assess vehicles to determine sags and dents and ensure that the customers is aware of them as well
• Assist denting personnel with taking out dents and sags to ensure a smooth surface
• Match required colors with available ones and ensure that they are procured in a timely fashion
• Mix colors to create required hues in the event of unavailability of the ones requested by customers
• Appropriately mix thinners with paints to come up with required consistency
• Ascertain that all tools such as sprayers, brushes and buffers are available prior to the start of a paint job
• Clean surfaces to be painted and apply color coats using brushes and sprayers
• Ascertain that each coat of paint is completely dried before applying the next one
• Perform buffing and finishing duties at the end of each paint job
• Check finished paint jobs to ensure that it is done according to quality standards