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Vehicle Painter

Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Spray Painter.

Vehicle painters prepare surfaces of vehicles, match and mix colours, and apply primer and finishing coats of paint.

Vehicle painters wear protective clothing and face masks.


    Vehicle painters may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare surfaces to be painted by hand or machine
  • mix and match paint by eye or by using computer technology to ensure correct colour match
  • apply primer and finishing coats using spray guns and rub down surfaces between coats
  • touch up paintwork and apply polish to vehicles
  • renove masking papers before waxing and polishing finished paintwork
  • paint signs or artwork on vehicles
  • treat vehicles with rust-proofing chemicals


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • normal colour vision
  • no breathing-related problems
  • no allergies to thinners or paints
  • able to stand or bend for lengthy periods

Interest Area

Artistic/Creative Manual/Practical


Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a vehicle painter you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Automotive Refinishing Technology.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    To work as a vehicle painter in NSW, you must be certified by NSW Fair Trading. To work as a vehicle painter in the ACT, you must have a motor vehicle repair licence, or work under the supervision of a licensed repairer. Contact the ACT Office of Regulatory Services for further information.


Vehicle painters work for crash repair firms and motor vehicle manufacturers. Some are self-employed, usually in partnership with panel beaters. Experienced vehicle painters may become representatives for paint manufacturers or assessors with insurance companies.

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Job Outlook for Vehicle Painter Auto Skills Australia Automotive Training Board of NSW Motor Traders' Association of NSW Motor Trades Association ACT NSW Fair Trading Office of Regulatory Services (ACT)

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