Touch-Up Painter

Brush or spray paints to cover scratches in painted finish of items.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Touch-Up Painters do?

Brushes or sprays paint to cover scratches, chips, or repairs in painted finish of items, such as refrigerator cabinets, washing machines, or automobile bodies: Cleans and prepares surface for painting, using water, solvent, and scraper. Applies thin, even coat of finish material, such as paint or lacquer, to sanded area, using spray gun. Sprays lacquer or thinner material over finish coats to blend in spots and eliminate halo around repair. Paints chipped spots with brush. Compares color of paint supply with color chart and workpiece and remixes it to match standard colors. Maintains spray painting equipment. May mark identifying code on workpiece to indicate destination for further processing.


Should I be a Touch-Up Painter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Final-Touch-Up Painter, Painter, Touch-Up, Toucher Up, Touch Up Painter, Toy Painter

    How to become a Touch-Up Painter

    Most Touch-Up Painters 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:9bbaaa&chl=no+college+%2894%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,94,94
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