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Become An Auto Body Painter

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Working As An Auto Body Painter

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $41,150

    Average Salary

What Does An Auto Body Painter Do At Dent Wizard

* Paint surfaces of vehicles using spray-painting equipment, power tools and work aids utilizing specific surface preparation and painting techniques
* Inspect panels to be painted for body repair, prepping and/or buffing defect
* Mix to specified color using standard formulas or color charts
* Sand, mask, blend, and polish finish to match surrounding areas.
* Using a brush, apply or retouch paint as necessary
* Perform other duties as assigned by manager or supervisor, i.e., provide technical assistance to helpers, orient and train new employees, etc

What Does An Auto Body Painter Do At Dent Wizard

* Wash vehicles to remove dirt, oil, grease and debris from painted surfaces.
* Locate and remove imperfections on panels prior to painting.
* Treat scratched and chipped areas with plastic or liquid filler.
* Apply paper and masking tape to protect unpainted surfaces, such as bumpers, windows, chrome trim, and other parts while surrounding areas are spray-painted.
* Tapes the car up using tape, paper and plastic bags so we only paint the parts of the car we intend to paint.
* Smooth unmasked surfaces with sandpaper removing gloss from previous coats of paint.
* Sand rough spots.
* After vehicle is painted, remove masking tape, and clean vehicle.
* Move vehicle to designated area for buffing.
* Perform other duties as assigned by manager or supervisor, i.e., assist supervisor in training and orienting new employees, perform housekeeping duties, etc

What Does An Auto Body Painter Do At Dent Wizard

* Perform initial teardown of vehicle
* Perform all repair procedures according to factory specifications and company policy.
* Follow all company policies
* Maintain a safe and clean work environment
* Perform all repairs in a timely manner

What Does An Auto Body Painter Do At Dent Wizard

* Paint surfaces of vehicles using spray-painting equipment, power tools and work aids utilizing specific surface preparation and painting technique
* Maintaining route customers on a weekly basis, providing mobile repair and refinishing to auto dealers and auctions.
* Mobile cosmetic paint repairs.
* Including but not limited to: panel blends, bumpers repair and refinishing, brush touching, and molding refinishing.
* Manage inventory of mobile unit.
* Provide and maintain safe working environment

What Does An Auto Body Painter Do At Dent Wizard

* Wet
* Sanding
* Buffing
* Detailing (exterior paint finishes)
* Repairing paint chips

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How To Become An Auto Body Painter

Most painting and coating workers learn on the job after earning a high school diploma or equivalent. Training for new workers usually lasts from a few days to several months.

Education

Painting and coating workers in the manufacturing sector usually must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers outside of manufacturing sometimes hire workers without a high school diploma.

Taking high school courses in automotive painting is recommended.

Some automotive painters attend a technical or vocational school where they receive hands-on training and learn the intricacies of mixing and applying different types of paint.

Training

Most entry-level workers receive on-the-job training that may last from a few days to a few months.

Workers who operate computer-controlled equipment may require additional training in computer programming.

Manufacturing transportation equipment painters typically learn to paint on the job.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Voluntary certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is recognized as the standard of achievement for automotive painters. To obtain certification, painters must pass a written exam and have at least 2 years of experience in the field. Recertification is required every 5 years. Few painting and coating workers other than automobile painters obtain certification.

ASE-approved training in refinishing taken while one is enrolled in high school, a trade or vocational school, or a community college may substitute for up to 1 year of work experience. To keep the certification, painters must retake the exam at least every 5 years.

Important Qualities

Artistic ability. Some workers make elaborate or decorative designs. For example, some automotive painters specialize in making custom designs for vehicles. 

Color vision. Workers must be able to blend new paint colors in order to match existing colors on a surface.

Mechanical skills. Workers must be able to operate and maintain sprayers that apply paints and coatings.

Physical stamina. Some workers must stand at their station for extended periods. Continuous standing or activity can be tiring.

Physical strength. Workers may need to lift heavy objects. Some products that are painted or coated may weigh over 50 pounds.

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Real Auto Body Painter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Auto Body Painter/Repair Cudahy Auto Care Inc. Cudahy, WI Aug 12, 2015 $53,000
Auto Body Painter Nanuet Collision Centers, Inc. Monsey, NY Oct 21, 2014 $52,291
Auto Body Painter Terry's Auto Body, Inc. NJ Mar 06, 2009 $40,279
Auto Body Painter Mamaroneck Auto Collision, Inc. Mamaroneck, NY Feb 01, 2010 $37,942
Auto Body Painter Collision Pros, Inc. Hillside, NJ Dec 11, 2009 $31,806
Auto Body Painter Classic Auto II Inc. Country Club Hills, IL Apr 08, 2008 $27,290
Auto Body Painter Classic Auto II Inc. Country Club Hills, IL Dec 11, 2007 $27,290

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Top Skills for An Auto Body Painter

CarPartsPrepWetSandAutoBodyRepairCustomerServicePaintingProcessMIGCollisionRepairHandToolsBodyFillerPPGAppropriateVehicleColorAutoBodyPaintingClearCoatBodyAreasCustomerSatisfactionAutoBodyPartsSmallDentsDamageReportsRepairProcedures

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Top Auto Body Painter Skills

  1. Car Parts
  2. Prep
  3. Wet Sand
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Completed repairs and prepared vehicles to be painted.
  • Performed wet sanding and rubbing cars to achieve the factory finish.
  • Assist in training apprentice employees in auto body repair/paint techniques.
  • Provided excellent customer service and satisfaction.
  • Prepare vehicle for painting process by cleaning filling in dents and dings and removing any rust.

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