Vehicle Painter

Also known as Vehicle Refinisher.
Prepares surfaces of vehicles, matches and mixes colours and applies paint. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time 3 years
Average pay $54,633
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 3,200

What does a Vehicle Painter do?

  • removing rough spots on vehicle panels
  • sanding surfaces by hand and with power sanders
  • masking areas not to be painted with tape and paper
  • colour matching and mixing paints to match paint shades, and selecting pre-mixed paint
  • applying primer and finishing coats using spray-guns, and sanding surfaces between coats
  • touching up paintwork and applying polish to vehicles
  • removing masking papers, and waxing and polishing finished paintwork
  • painting signs and artwork on vehicles

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology