Carry out flat and polish activities on automotive vehicles

Business Sectors (Suites): Vehicle Paint Refinishing
Developed by: IMI
Approved on: 30 Mar 2023


This standard is about the ability to undertake flatting and polishing activities on automotive vehicles.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

P1 wear suitable personal protective equipment and use the specified environmental safety equipment throughout all vehicle flatting and polishing operations 
P2 support vehicle refinishing operations by reviewing:

P2.1 product data
P2.2 work instructions
P3 identify the suitability of the final finish prior to undertaking any flatting and polishing work
P4 select, prepare, check and adjust all the tools and equipment required, following manufacturer’s instructions, prior to use
P5 prepare all the flatting and polishing equipment and materials required following health and safety requirements and using:

P5.1 materials which conform to the specification required
P5.2 the product manufacturer's approved method and equipment
P6 apply all flatting and polishing materials using approved tools and equipment and following:

P6.1 the product manufacturer's instructions
P6.2 the correct methods and techniques
P6.3 health and safety requirements
P7 use products and materials in a cost-effective manner
P8 ensure the finished product:

P8.1 meets the requirements of any relevant warranty or guarantee
P8.2 meets the customer needs
P8.3 is free from contaminants and defects
P9 dispose of waste materials to conform with legal, environmental and workplace requirements
P10 leave tools, equipment and work environment in a clean and serviceable condition, as appropriate
P11 complete all flatting and polishing activities within the agreed timescale and to an agreed quality control process
P12 promptly report any anticipated delays in completion to the relevant person(s) 

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

K1 the health and safety and environmental legislative requirements specific to vehicle flatting and polishing operations and why it is important that these are followed
K2 workplace procedures and workshop practices relevant to personal and vehicle protection before, during and after vehicle flatting and polishing operations
K3 the importance of disposing of waste safely and the consequences of not doing so to the business, others and the environment
K4 the vehicle work specification agreed
K5 your workplace procedures for:

K5.1 the referral of problems
K5.2 reporting delays to the completion of work
K5.3 personal protection
K6 the importance of working to agreed timescales and keeping others informed of progress
K7 the relationship between time, cost and productivity
K8 how to select, prepare, check,  adjust and use all the tools and equipment required for vehicle flatting and polishing operations
K9 how to prepare flatting and polishing materials for use
K10 the properties of flatting and polishing materials and the factors affecting their use
K11 how to recognise and report damage to surfaces and ancillary fittings
K12 how to prepare panels and parts adjacent to the area being flatted and polished
K13 how to dispose of waste materials in compliance with any environmental requirements/legislation and workplace procedures
K14 how to work safely avoiding damage to vehicles, personal injury and injury to colleagues
K15 the consequences of failing to follow all relevant manufacturer’s instructions
K16 the implications of not following an agreed quality control process


Scope Performance

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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2026





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Relevant Occupations

Automotive Paint Technician, Engineering, Senior Automotive Paint Technician, Vehicle Trades, Lead Senior Paint Technician

SOC Code



Flatting; polishing; automotive; vehicle