Vehicle Spray Painter

Vehicle spray painters use spray guns to spray paint onto the bodywork of vehicles and other items, to change the colour or to repaint scratched or damaged paintwork.

When repainting damaged paintwork of a vehicle, they prepare the body work by removing dirt or grease; they smooth parts that are rough or have been panel beaten; remove old paint with sandpaper or paint-removing chemicals; they cover the rest of the bodywork with paper in order to protect it; then they apply a preliminary coating of primer and a thin layer of primer-filler.

Spray painters mix paints until exactly the same shade as the rest of the vehicle is obtained before the final four or five coatings of the required colour are applied. Paint has to be applied evenly and each coat is allowed to dry thoroughly.

Personal Requirements

  • at least 16 years old
  • good eyesight and colour sense
  • able to distinguish between various shades of the same colour
  • balanced eye-hand coordination
  • able to stand or crouch for long periods
  • very accurate, careful and neat worker


  • automotive body repair shops
  • garages
  • specialist spray painting firms
  • motor vehicle manufacturers
  • the aerospace industry
  • manufacturing industry where articles are made and spray painted
  • self-employment, with experience, can practise trade on a private basis or start own business

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation work in an automotive body repairing garage
  • make an appointment to speak to a spray painter about this type of career
  • contact the Department of Labour about learnership possibilities in your area


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