Spray painters work in a variety of industries, from automotive detailing to manufacturing to building surface painting. They do not require a high level of training, but they must be attentive to detail and skilled with their work.
Spray painters work in a variety of different environments depending on whom they work for. They may work outside for a company who completes contracts and spray-paints different buildings. Some spray painters work in a garage in automotive detailing. They may create impressive designs that they first create a stencil for and then paint. Others also work at manufacturing plants, applying basic coats of paint to new cars. Spray painters may work in a team if the project is large, or they may work individually, completing one step in a process of many steps, such as in building a car. The tools for this work include cans of spray paint, protective tape which spray painters use to cover any area that they do not wish to paint, scaffolding, a breathing mask so they do not inhale the paint, goggles, and ladders. Whom they report to depends on where they work. They may report to a team supervisor or an operations supervisor. Working hours also depend on where they work and what the job is. Some spray painters may work regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Others may hold a night shift, such as at an automotive plant where production never stops.
The position does not usually involve any major requirements. Some do this job as a summer job even while still in high school. Other places of employment may require a high school diploma. Those who perform detailed spray painting may need to have completed art courses to paint, and some further their career if they are trained in graphic art/design.
The position as a spray painter is found in many industries and is a term for several different kinds of spray painting jobs. Workers in this field often enjoy their work and are often able to express themselves and their creativity through their job.
Spray Painter Tasks
- Weigh or measure all chemicals, coatings, or paints before use.
- Determine paint flow, viscosity, and coating quality using viscometers and visual inspections.
- Operate additional machinery that adds anti-rust property to paints, glaze, or silver and copper solutions.
- Use formulas and automated paint mixing equipment to generate appropriate paint mixtures.
- Adjust machine valves to regulate temperature, speed and circulation.