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What Is an Industrial Spray Painter and How to Become One

What Does an Industrial Spray Painter Do?

As an industrial spray painter, your responsibilities are to prepare a surface for painting and apply paints or coatings using equipment such as HVLP spray guns or conventional spray painters. Your duties may include mixing color or coating liquids, assessing the initial application, and reapplying paint when necessary. You must follow customer specifications and mask areas that are not in need of painting or coating. You may also be responsible for maintaining inventory in the paint room. Industrial spray painters most commonly work in the manufacturing or construction industry.

What Are the Requirements to Become an Industrial Spray Painter?

The qualifications that you need to work as an industrial spray painter include a high school diploma or GED certificate and the skills to operate spray painting equipment. Many employers train new workers but tend to prefer applicants with at least one year of experience in industrial painting. Positions that involve the application of protective membranes or coatings may require three or more years of experience. Professional organizations such as the Society for Protective Coatings offer training and certification programs for applicants who want to enter the profession.