Car painters restore a damaged vehicle to its original finish, matching colours, shades, and textures exactly, in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. They can also touch up paintwork to disguise small imperfections and work with plastic and fibreglass that are sometimes used in vehicle bodies.
Car painters need to demonstrate great skills in matching paints with the original colour, or on occasion repainting the vehicle in a completely new colour. It could be said that the greatest tribute to good car painters is when they have finished you cannot see what they have done. The required skills are creativity, manual dexterity, knowledge of computer-operated painting tools, and awareness of health and safety due to the chemicals used. Car painters also need to understand consumer laws, terms and conditions for repairs, and customer service requirements.
Employment of car painters is projected to grow due to an increase in car ownership rates. The vast majority of all new jobs will be driven by the need for painters in auto repair shops.