Carry out spot repair 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 spot repair activities, to ensure a repair blends with the existing finish. The repair area will be confined to a local area.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

P1 wear suitable personal protective equipment and use the specified environmental safety equipment throughout all vehicle refinishing operations 
P2 ensure vehicle is prepared appropriate to the substrate and technique being used prior to the spot repair process
P3 support vehicle refinishing operations by reviewing:

P3.1 product data
P3.2 the vehicle manufacturer's technical data
P3.3 colour libraries
P3.4 spectrometer
P3.5 work instructions
P4 identify the body panel surfaces accurately prior to undertaking any refinishing work
P5 select, prepare, check and adjust all the tools and equipment required, following manufacturer’s instructions, prior to use
P6 prepare all the refinishing systems and materials required following health and safety requirements and using:

P6.1 materials which conform to the specification required
P6.2 the manufacturer's approved method and equipment
P7 apply all refinishing systems and materials using approved tools and equipment and following:

P7.1 the manufacturer's instructions
P7.2 the correct methods and techniques
P7.3 the correct application techniques for managing colour and tone variables
P7.4 health and safety requirements
P8 identify the effects of static on the refinishing process, where applicable
P9 dry all refinishing applied materials following health and safety requirements and using:

P9.1 the manufacturer's approved method 
P9.2 the manufacturer's approved equipment
P10 ensure the finished product:

P10.1 meets the requirements of the manufacturer's warranty
P10.2 meets the refinishing specification required and customer needs
P10.3 blends with the existing finish
P10.4 is free from contaminants and defects
P11 dispose of waste materials to conform with legal and workplace requirements
P12 leave tools, equipment and work environment in a clean and serviceable condition, as appropriate
P13 complete all refinishing activities within the agreed timescale
P14 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 refinishing 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 refinishing 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 the importance of promptly reporting anticipated delays to the relevant person(s) promptly 
K9 how to select, prepare, check, adjust and use all the tools and equipment required for vehicle refinishing operations 
K10 spray gun faults, their cause and their rectification 
K11 how to prepare refinishing systems and materials for use 
K12 the properties of refinishing systems and materials and the factors affecting their use 
K13 how to recognise damage to surfaces and ancillary fittings 
K14 how to interpret manufacturer's preparation schedules 
K15 how to prepare panels and parts adjacent to the area being painted 
K16 methods of protecting panels and parts adjacent to the areas being painted and the circumstances in which they should be used 
K17 how to find, interpret and use sources of information relevant to the refinishing of vehicles 
K18 how to apply top coat materials using spot repairs, avoiding contamination and defects 
K19 how to dispose of waste materials in compliance with any environmental requirements/legislation and workplace procedures
K20 how to work safely avoiding damage to vehicles, personal injury and injury to colleagues 

K21 the importance of following technical instructions and using approved methods of working (including the use of refinishing systems, materials and equipment)
K22 the implications of static when working with spot repair process
K23 how to minimize the spray area when carrying out spot repairs 
K24 the effect of the spray environment and natural environment on vehicle finishes 
K25 the importance of following manufacturers' instructions and using their approved methods of working (including the use of refinishing systems and materials and equipment)
K26 the consequences of failing to follow manufacturers' instructions. 
K27 the importance of working to agreed timescales and keeping others informed of progress and delays
K28 the implications of not following an agreed quality control process


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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2026





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Relevant Occupations

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

SOC Code



Spot; repair; automotive; vehicle; paint; substrate