Restoring a damaged vehicle to its original finish, matching colours, shades, and textures exactly, in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
Car painters (refinishers) are responsible for reinstating the pre-accident paint colour and finish to vehicles after the panels, structure, or entire car have been repaired or replaced. Car painting requires professionals to refinish a wide variety of materials such as metals, plastics, composite materials or wood.
Car painters prepare surfaces to receive paint, which may involve making minor repairs; then, they apply undercoats, colour coats and sealant coats which provide the high gloss levels required. They may be required to identify a colour code using various methods, mix the colour to pre-determined formula and spray test cards to test the suitability of this colour match to the original colour and shade. Typically they will apply paints inside an enclosed spray booth in order to protect the environment.
Often, a car painter works on several vehicles at one time, requiring a keen awareness of overall schedule as well as the time it takes to apply and dry individual coats and finishes.
Car painters have opportunities to work on passenger cars, high-performance racing cars, high-price and unique vintage and classic vehicles, commercial vehicles, and even trains, aeroplanes, static structures, or furniture.
Important elements of the challenge include:
Bodywork is brought back to its original shape by filling and sanding.
Next, primer and filler is applied.
A car painter must match the colour, shade and texture of the adjoining panels that are not being painted and apply the correct colour formula.
Under timed conditions, vehicles must be refinished to a high standard.
|Silver||742||Daryl Head||United Kingdom|
|Bronze||738||Maurus von Holzen||Switzerland|
|Medallion for Excellence||735||JUNSIK KIM||Korea|
|Medallion for Excellence||728||Mads Pallisgaard Holm||Denmark|
|Medallion for Excellence||721||Yuto Fukami||Japan|
|Medallion for Excellence||718||Lucas Bessoni||Brazil|
|Medallion for Excellence||716||Gullbjørg Ekre||Norway|
|Medallion for Excellence||712||Olle Karlsson||Sweden|
|Medallion for Excellence||706||Dusti-lee Franchi||Australia|
|Medallion for Excellence||702||Shahad Shahida Manzil||India|
|697||Alex Banks||New Zealand|
|692||SHIH-TI YAN||Chinese Taipei|
|670||Tsz Hong Cheng||Hong Kong, China|
|655||Livhuwani Netshituni||South Africa|
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