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Vehicle paint technicians

£15,600 Average salary at age 20
£27,560 Average Salary
47 Average hours per week


Vehicle paint technicians use spray equipment to apply paint, cellulose and other protective or decorative materials to the bodywork of motor vehicles.

Main Tasks

  • Applies masking material to protect areas not to be coated and removes any external fixtures;
  • Consults vehicle colour code, chooses appropriate paint or mixes paint to achieve desired consistency and colour;
  • Uses hand or electrostatic spray gun to coat surfaces, adjusting nozzle and pressure valves of the gun as required;
  • Removes masking materials and refits external fittings after completion of spraying;
  • Cleans and maintains spray equipment, protective clothing and spraying booth.


There are no formal academic entry requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs at Levels 2 and 3 are available. Apprenticeships at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3 are also available and take between three to four years to complete.

UK Prospects

13700 Workforce Size
5.37% Predicted decline 2023 - 2027
1506 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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