Car painters (refinishers) are responsible for reinstating the pre-accident paint finish to cars after the structure and/or the panels have been repaired or replaced.They may be required to refinish a wide variety of materials such as metals, plastics, composite materials, or wood.
Car painters prepare panels or vehicles to receive paint. They may carry out minor panel repairs and apply undercoats, colour coats, and clear sealant coats which provide the high gloss levels required. They work to apply paints inside an enclosed spray booth/oven in order to protect the environment from harmful products.
A car painter is required to identify a colour code using various methods, mix the correct amount of colour to pre-determined formulae, and spray test cards to test the suitability of this colour match to the original colour and shade. A car painter also needs to be aware of time schedules and may often be working on several vehicles at one time while waiting for previously applied materials to dry.
Car painters (refinishers) have opportunities to work on a wide range of vehicles and items such as passenger cars, racing cars, vintage and classic vehicles, commercial goods vehicles, trains, aeroplanes, static structures or furniture.