Paint sprayer

Alternative titles for this job include Car paint sprayer, vehicle paint sprayer, body shop worker, paint technician

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

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

46 to 48 a week

You could work

weekends on shifts

How to become a Paint sprayer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You can take a college course that will teach you some of the skills you'll need in this job. Useful courses include:

  • Level 1 Diploma in Accident Repair Paint
  • Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair Paint Principles

Some colleges offer paint spaying as part of an engineering course. Check with local colleges for details.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G) for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

A common way into this job is to complete an advanced apprenticeship in vehicle body and paint. You could also do an accident repair technician advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct application

You can apply for jobs in vehicle paint spraying if you've got experience and a qualification in vehicle accident and repair, motor manufacturing or engineering.

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Further information

You can find out more about a career in paint spraying in the motor industry through Autocity.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • persistence and determination
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to repair machines or systems
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in a workshop.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

BMW Bodyshop Panel Apprenticeship - Sytner Tamworth BMW

  • Wage : £148.00 Weekly
  • Location: Tamworth B78 3JH

Level 2 Body Repair Apprentice

  • Wage : £148.00 Weekly
  • Location: Tamworth B79 7XF

Courses In England

C&G Dip Vehicle Accident Repair Paint with Body L1

  • Provider: Tyne Coast College T/A South Tyneside College And Tyne Metropolitan College
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Jarrow

Vehicle Accident Repair Paint Principles Diploma - Level 3 - IMI

  • Provider: Cheshire College South & West
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: Crewe

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