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.
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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How to become a Spraypainter
- Get experience in a body shop, learning from Spraypainters on the job.
- Complete a Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology (AUR32416) as part of an apprenticeship. The course will usually take three years to complete.
- 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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