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What do Painters, 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.

What are the Main Tasks of Painters, Transportation Equipment?

  • Dispose of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner.
  • Select paint according to company requirements, and match colors of paint following specified color charts.
  • Mix paints to match color specifications or vehicles' original colors, then stir and thin the paints, using spatulas or power mixing equipment.
  • 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.
  • Disassemble, clean, and reassemble sprayers and power equipment, using solvents, wire brushes, and cloths for cleaning duties.
  • Spray prepared surfaces with specified amounts of primers and decorative or finish coatings.
  • Remove accessories from vehicles, such as chrome or mirrors, and mask other surfaces with tape or paper in order to protect them from paint.
  • 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.
  • Paint by hand areas that cannot be reached with a spray gun, or those that need retouching, using brushes.
  • Sand the final finish, and apply sealer once a vehicle has dried properly.
  • 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.
  • Operate lifting and moving devices in order to move equipment or materials so that areas to be painted are accessible.
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