The decision to become an auto paint technician provides a pathway to an exciting career that is always in demand. There is no shortage of accidents and fender benders on today’s roadways. That calls for the continual need of auto body repair. Part of that process includes painting refinished vehicles and that requires a certain level of precision. Paint technicians are the ones who put the final touches on collision repair and have the ability to make cars look just as they did when they came out of the showroom. A future as an automotive
by Chris Stevenson
Auto body and paint shops use caustic, flammable and carcinogenic chemicals in their line of work, more than in the automotive repair trade. The health risks associated with auto body painting materials can be long-lasting and serious to the employee, and even customers, if the proper steps to implement safety precautions and certified equipment are not enforced. Every person entering or in the auto body paint trade, including current employees, should be aware of the numerous health risks they face each day.
Flammable Substances and Burns
Automotive paint prepared with reducers and lacquer thinner pose
Bernard Derelle retired in 2010 after nearly 40 years working as an engineer in the field of auto-body paint and rust-proofing for Peugeot, which later became PSA.
Today at the General Auto-Body Methods department, Paint division, and before he writes a book on these subjects, should his retirement activities allow it, he gives us a first glimpse of a few mysteries surrounding auto-body painting.
Paint’s mission is to magnify the beauty of auto bodies. The style must be shown to its best advantage by its shine,
and the reflections on the elegant colored shapes. So, the history of paint is