An automobile body finisher prepares cars for painting and then carries out the necessary paint work and finishing. Cars may simply need a new paint job, or they may have been in a collision. This often means that the finisher will have to manipulate the car back into shape prior to carrying out paint jobs.
In this job, the finisher may be exposed to uncomfortable temperatures and strong fumes, and he or she may have to maneuver into difficult positions in order to carry out the job. This job can often be physically strenuous. It is important to be able to read blueprints and to have basic mathematical skills in order to use tape measures and to carry out other arithmetic involved in the job. Having painting experience will come in handy. Generally, a high school diploma is needed. Some employers may require graduation from an accredited automotive school, while others will require demonstration of skill. However, there are also some entry-level positions available that will provide training.
The use of heavy equipment is required in this job, such as sanders and drills. Periodic maintenance of the machines involved is often carried out by the automobile body finisher. Some troubleshooting and repairs may also have to be carried out when necessary. In some positions, the automobile body finisher will also have to carry out other jobs within the shop, such as carrying out evaluations and providing quotes for customers. There are both part-time and full-time positions available, some offering commission. Strong customer service skills are important in order to keep customers satisfied.
Automobile Body Refinisher Tasks
Perform repairs accurately and rarely commit an error in work or judgment.
Complete all refinish repairs as listed.
Understand all phases of automotive refinishing and a high skill level in the application of top coats.
Provide a complete set of hand tools, a few basic air tools, and a mobile tool cabinet.