Paint sprayers, sometimes known as finishers or coatings specialists, work either as production line sprayers or construction site sprayers.
Production line sprayers apply finishes to manufactured articles such as new vehicles, white goods - ovens, fridges and dishwashers, yellow goods - construction plant vehicles and machinery, furniture and other everyday items.
Construction site sprayers apply protective coatings and decorative finishes to steel structures such as ships and bridges, finishes to the interior and exterior of buildings, and some may work on abrasive blasting to clean structures. These sprayers often have to have construction training before working in such a role.
Paint sprayers use a hand spray gun or operate automated machinery to apply the coating, and are responsible for the maintenance of the equipment.
Main duties include:
Production paint sprayers normally work shifts, typically lasting eight hours. Paint spraying is the last part of the manufacturing process, and may involve working overtime.
Most work is done in controlled conditions, usually in specially designed paint or powder booths that have extra ventilation and may be set aside from the rest of a factory.
A construction site paint sprayer works mainly outdoors, often from ladders, raised platforms or scaffold.
Protective clothing must be worn and this may not be a suitable job for people with allergies or medical conditions such as asthma.
To be a paint sprayer you should:
The manufacturing and construction industries are the main
employers of paint sprayers. Most opportunities are with large
manufacturers and smaller specialist coating firms.
Initial promotion is normally to paint shop supervisor. Paint sprayers with relevant qualifications and experience may be able to work in quality control, health and safety, and production management.
There is some scope for self-employment.
There may be opportunities for construction paint sprayers to work overseas on large projects.
If you would like to know anything about Paint Sprayer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
The Institute of the Motor Industry
Tel: 01992 511521
The Institute of Metal Finishing
48 Holloway Head
Tel: 0121 622 7387