Mix pigments or base colors with paints, enamels, or lacquers.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tinters do?

Mixes pigments or base colors with paints, enamels, or lacquers to match standard or sample colors, following formulas and standard color samples: Starts agitator in tank filled with basic paint product. Pours pigments or base colors from containers and dumps specified amounts into tank to color basic product. Smears sample of batch on glass or paper, using spatula or brush, and compares sample with standard color, using colorimeter. Repeats operation to attain specified shade. Records ingredients added on batch ticket. Ladles sample into container, writes identifying data on container, and submits sample to laboratory for final color, gloss, weight, and viscosity tests. May add materials to thin batch [THINNER 550.585-038]. May remove foreign matter from batch, using centrifuge [CENTRIFUGE OPERATOR 551.685-034]. May weigh sample and calculate weight per gallon. May determine specific gravity, using hydrometer. May test for viscosity, using viscometer. May be designated according to product colored as Enamel Shader; Lacquer Shader; Latex-Paint Shader; Oil-Paint Shader.

Should I be a Tinter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Paint Tinter

    How to become a Tinter

    Most Tinters have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9jdaaa&chl=no+college+%2881%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29|associate%27s+%285%25%29|bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,81,81
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