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Paint sprayer Car paint sprayer, vehicle paint sprayer, body-shop worker

Paint sprayers apply coatings and protective finishes to cars, vans, motorbikes and other vehicles.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements to become a vehicle paint sprayer, but employers will expect a good standard of education and colour-normal vision.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Experience or qualifications in vehicle repair, engineering or manufacturing may be helpful when looking for a trainee position.

Autocity has more information about working in this industry.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • the ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail
  • good hand-to-eye coordination
  • the ability to follow written instructions and keep records

3. What you'll do

You'll usually work in a body repair workshop or on a vehicle manufacturing production line.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • setting up painting equipment
  • sanding down and preparing the bodywork
  • selecting, matching and mixing colours
  • applying primer coats, main coats and finishes
  • carrying out quality checks
  • cleaning and maintaining equipment

You'll work under strict safety procedures.

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £17,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £24,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work between 35 and 40 hours a week. This will be on a shift rota in a manufacturing plant.

You'll wear protective clothing on all jobs, including overalls and a face mask.

6. Career path and progression

Your employer may offer you the chance to work towards IMI Accreditation. This allows you to move up to paint technician and senior paint technician roles.

You could also become a shift supervisor, quality control inspector or workshop manager.

You may be able to set up your own paint spraying business or specialise in car customisation.

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Last updated: 11 April 2017