Automotive Painter

Painting and Preparing Vehicles for Paint

Job Description

  • Painting Cars
  • Surface Preperation
  • Sanding Cars
  • Multi Stage Painting
  • Blocking
  • Blending
  • Corrosion Protection
  • Colour Matching
  • Vehicle Refinishing


The typical hourly wage for an automotive painter is between $13 and $30 per hour. If working full-time automotive painters can expect to make anywhere between $27000 and $62000 per year. Some experienced painters can make up to $80000/year. The average wage for an automotive painter is $22/hour or about $46000/year.

Who would be interested in automotive painting?

People who are interested in becoming an automotive painter are people who enjoy;

  • Working with their hands
  • Enjoy working with vehicles
  • Are physically active
  • Controlling or adjusting technical equipment
  • Paying attention to detail
  • Getting dirty
  • Being precise
  • Lifting or carrying heavy objects
  • Being well organized and tidy
  • Working in a shop
  • Working in a noisy place

Education Needed

  • Grade 12 Highschool Diploma
  • 2-3 year apprenticeship
  • Final exam after apprenticeship


  • Roughly 2 years experience as a transitioning helper

What courses are needed in high school to become an automotive painter?

There are no specific courses required to become an automotive painter. However, automotive technology courses would be beneficial for overall car knowledge.

Where can you go to be trained as an automotive painter?

Algonquin College is the only post-secondary school to offer a program specific to automotive painting.

Cost of Education

$400/level + $31/term

If you do not have the money for formal training you can go through OSAP because it is a college program or you can choose to be uncertified and train in a shop as a helper for about two years until you become proficient enough to paint on your own.

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