Automotive painters work on the surfaces of motor vehicles to restore them to their original condition following damage and subsequent auto body repair. Their duties include removing exterior trim and hardware, removing layers of sub-coating, matching colours and mixing paints. They also prepare metal surfaces for painting, polish painted surfaces and apply anti-corrosive treatments.
Designation Year: 1992
Designated Red Seal in: AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, ON, PE, SK, YT
Trade title: Automotive Painter, in MB, NB, NL, NS, ON, PE, SK, YT
Other titles used in provinces/territories: Auto Body Technician - Auto Body Refinisher (AB, NT), Automotive Refinishing Technician (BC)
View the most recent standard. This is the complete description of the activities of the Automotive Painter trade. It is used as the basis for the Red Seal exams for this trade.
Discover the essential skills automotive painters need to succeed in their trade.
Find regional information about jobs, average wages, and other news at Explore Careers for the Automotive Painter trade.
Learn what you need to do to Get Ready for your Red Seal Exam.
See examples of questions to prepare for your Red Seal examination. Try the sample Automotive Painter examination questions.
Consult the Automotive Painter Exam Counselling Sheet for a breakdown of the Red Seal examination.
Consult the Ellis Chart for a full breakdown of apprenticeship data from across Canada for the trade of Automotive Painter.
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