What does a Painter, Transportation Equipment do?

Operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, trucks, trains, boats, and airplanes. Includes painters in auto body repair facilities.

Jobs Roles

  • Dispose of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner.
  • Remove grease, dirt, paint, or rust from vehicle surfaces in preparation for paint application, using abrasives, solvents, brushes, blowtorches, washing tanks, or sandblasters.
  • Pour paint into spray guns and adjust nozzles and paint mixes for proper paint flow and coating thickness.
  • Monitor painting operations to identify flaws, such as blisters or streaks, and correct their causes.
  • Sand vehicle surfaces between coats of paint or primer to remove flaws and enhance adhesion for subsequent coats.
  • Spray prepared surfaces with specified amounts of primers and decorative or finish coatings.
  • Allow the sprayed product to dry and touch up any missed spots.
  • Apply rust-resistant undercoats and caulk and seal seams.
  • Select the correct spray gun system for the material being applied.
  • Apply primer over any repairs made to vehicle surfaces.
  • Adjust controls on infrared ovens, heat lamps, portable ventilators, or exhaust units to speed the drying of vehicles between coats.
  • Fill small dents or scratches with body fillers and smooth surfaces to prepare vehicles for painting.
  • Apply designs, lettering, or other identifying or decorative items to finished products, using paint brushes or paint sprayers.
  • Buff and wax the finished paintwork.
  • Lay out logos, symbols, or designs on painted surfaces, according to blueprint specifications, using measuring instruments, stencils, or patterns.
  • Set up portable equipment, such as ventilators, exhaust units, ladders, or scaffolding.
  • Verify paint consistency, using a viscosity meter.
  • Mix paints to match color specifications or vehicles' original colors, stirring or thinning paints, using spatulas or power mixing equipment.
  • Select paint according to company requirements and match paint colors, following specified color charts.
  • Remove accessories, such as chrome or mirrors, from vehicles and mask other surfaces with tape or paper to protect them from paint.
  • Disassemble, clean, and reassemble sprayers or power equipment, using solvents, wire brushes, and cloths.
  • Sand and apply sealer to properly dried vehicle finish.
  • Clean equipment and work areas.
  • Operate lifting or moving devices to move equipment or materials to access areas to be painted.
  • Use brush to hand-paint areas in need of retouching or unreachable with a spray gun.
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