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Wage and Hour Division

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations

09010 Electrostatic Spray Painter

Sprays negatively charged paint particles on positively charged workpieces, using cone, disk, or nozzle-type electrostatic painting equipment. Moves switches and dials to start flow of current and to activate paint spraying equipment. Turns valves and observes gauges to set pressure and to control flow of paint. Adjusts thermostat to maintain specified temperature in paint tanks. Inspects painted units for runs, sags, and unpainted areas. Readjusts pressure valves to control direction and pattern of spray and to correct flaws in coating. Cleans paint from ceiling and walls of booth, conveyor hooks or grid, and from disks, cones, spray heads, and hoses, using solvent and brush. May hand-spray parts to cover unpainted areas or apply rust preventative. May mix paint according to specifications, using viscometer to regulate consistency according to changes in atmospheric conditions. May supervise or train furniture handlers for limited operation of the electrostatic spray painting equipment. In general, the work of an electrostatic spray painter requires rounded training and experience usually acquired through considerable on-the-job training and experience.