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Spraypainter

Apply paint to vehicles and other surfaces using specialised techniques.

What's it like to be a Spraypainter?

Spraypainters apply paint to vehicles and other surfaces, preparing and customising colours for their customers. Spraypainters may work in large workshops or for insurance repairers, and may carry out general crash repair spray painting or more specialised custom paintwork.

Spraypainter

Tasks and duties

  • Sanding rough vehicle panel surfaces with power sanders and by hand.
  • Protecting areas that shouldn’t be painted with masking tape and paper.
  • Applying primer before painting using a spray gun.
  • Mixing tints to create paint colour or selecting pre-mixed paint where available.
  • Applying finishing coats, sanding surfaces in-between coats and touching up paintwork.
  • Applying polish, rustproofing chemicals and protective seals.
  • Painting artwork and signs, and applying decals to panels.

What can I earn as a Spraypainter?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Spraypainter is between $65k and $75k

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How to become a Spraypainter


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Spraypainters usually complete a vocational qualification as part of an apprenticeship to become qualified. You may also need a licence to perform vehicle repairs.

  1. Get experience in a body shop, learning from Spraypainters on the job.
  2. Complete a Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology (AUR32416) as part of an apprenticeship. The course will usually take three years to complete.
  3. If you’re looking to move into management of a spraypainting business, completing a Certificate IV in Automotive Body Repair Technology (AUR40718) will equip you with those further skills needed to run a successful shop.

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How do Spraypainters rate their role?

Latest reviews from 9 Spraypainters surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
3.8
Career progression opportunities
3.2
Job security
3.6
Pay / Salary
3.2
Variety of work
3.6

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Oct 2018
Being lead painter is a hard challenge if role but, we’ll worth it.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Spraypainter
The good things
The best thing about being a lead painter is having more opinion on the process and best way to achieve the right outcome for the job, along with taking on more exciting tasks and having the confide...
The challenges
The biggest challenge about being a lead painter or any spraypainter for that fact is “Time”, as you are the last line of the repairing and/or manufacturing process you are continuously in a race agai...
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Aug 2019
Stay away from the big companies, find something more cruizy with the same $$$
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Automotive Spraypainter
The good things
Can meet some great people, chance to paint full re sprays and some custom work every now and then, which is better then your normal smash work
The challenges
Challenging, fast paced, stressful, most companies are getting smashed by insurance companies, so your well being goes out the door to get all the cars out on time.
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Working hours for Spraypainters

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What are the job opportunities for Spraypainters?

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