A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921.
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593.—Painters (Vehicles)

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see brush hand.
body finisher
enamels and varnishes body of perambulators, mail carts, etc.; sometimes also paints on decorative lines, with a fine brush, but this is more usually done by liner (q.v.).
brush hand ; bodier-in (perambulators etc.)
fills inequalities, cracks, etc., in woodwork of carriages, perambulators, rolling stock or other vehicles with plaster of Paris preparation, using a putty knife; paints on first coat of colour, and, when colour is dry, rubs it down with pumice powder or pumice stone and water to obtain even surface in readiness for body finisher (q.v.).
chassis finisher
applies final coats of paint or polish, by hand with a brush, to finished frame of self-propelled road vehicles; sometimes also does fine lining cf. liner.
colourman painter (tram cars)
mixes, matches and prepares oil paints for use in painting tram cars; is generally also a coach painter (rolling stock) (q.v.).
paints interior and exterior of railway carriages, tram cars, etc., and ornaments them with decorative linings by hand, with a fine brush; sometimes covers ceilings and/or other interior surfaces with "lincrusta" or other wall paper; ornaments interior with decorative transfers applied by hand; paints lines and panels.
(i) rubs down with pumice stone, sand paper, glass paper, etc., work done by filler-up (599) (q.v.), to give smooth surface to panel work in preparation for varnishing;
(ii) applies intermediate "dead " coats of paint to surface of tramcars or railway coaches, and flattens as above.
paints surfaces to be gilded with quick-drying varnish; cuts gold leaf into required lines or shapes with knife on small pad; lays leaf on varnish by hand using a knife and stippling brush; covers applied leaf with coating of waterproof varnish with a brush.
gold liner (cycles)
as for liner.
paints vehicles, applying coat of paint of one colour over another colour; with steel combs, rags, and his fingers, imitates grain of woodwork, producing appearance of polished hardwood; cf. grainer and marbler (592).
see stenciller.
liner, colour liner (cycles), fine liner (perambulators), liner and finisher (carriages, etc.) ; striper (perambulators)
paints ornamental lines, freehand with fine brush in gold and other coloured paint on cycles, carriages, perambulators, tram cars, railway carriages, etc.; cf. gold liner (cycles).
painter (vehicles) ; vehicle painter
a general term covering painters of all types of vehicles; sometimes specifically designated, e.g., cart painter, chassis painter, coach painter, perambulator painter.
painter, baby car
see painter, perambulator.
painter, bassinette
as for painter, perambulator.
painter, bath chair
as for painter, perambulator.
painter, body; car painter (rolling stock)
see painter, coach (rolling stock)
painter, carriage
(i) see painter, coach (rolling stock);
(ii) see painter, coach (private carriages).
painter, cart ; van painter
applies final coats, sometimes all coats, of paint to carts and vans; may also mix own paints, i.e., pour dry colours into small vessel, adding oils, white lead, etc., and mixing to required consistency; does not paint to such fine degree of "finish " as coach painter (private carriages) (q.v.).
painter, chassis
applies first coat of paint or enamel to chassis, frame, wheels, etc., of self-propelled road vehicles by means of spraying; or, applies it by hand with a brush.
painter, coach (private carnages, etc.) ; carriage painter
mixes dry colours, oils, etc., to right consistency for paint and, for final coats, matches paint with coach upholstery, etc., glass-papers coach or carriage body as required and applies successive coats of paint, enamel and/or varnish, with a brush, until desired effect is obtained.
painter, coach (rolling stock); coach body painter ; body painter, car painter, carriage painter, railway carriage painter, railway coach painter
applies final coat or coats of paint to bodies of railway coaches or tramcars with brush, and varnishes them after last coat of paint is on.
painter, inside (railway carriages)
a painter (vehicles) (q.v.) who specialises in painting inside walls and ceilings of railway rolling stock; cf. coach painter (rolling stock).
painter, mailcart
see painter, perambulator.
painter, outside (railway carriages)
a painter (vehicles) (q.v.) who specialises in painting outsides of railway carriages; cf. coach painter (rolling stock).
painter, perambulator ; baby car painter, mailcart painter
general term for body finishers, brush hands, fine liners, and spring painters (q.v.).
painter, railway carriage; railway coach painter
see painter, coach (rolling stock).
painter, spring
paints and varnishes springs and undercarriages of perambulators, mailcarts, etc., by hand with a brush.
painter, van
see painter, cart.
painter, vehicle
see painter (vehicles).
painter, wagon (rolling stock)
paints wood and 'metal parts of railway wagons with brush by hand.
painter, wheel chair
as for painter, perambulator.
painter, wheel
(i) paints wheels of carriages, cycles, motor cars, etc., often in two or more colours, or adding a line of some distinctive colour;
(ii) (rolling stock) paints and oils railway wheels and axles for prevention of rust during transit and storage.
painter, wheelwright's
as for painter (vehicles).
stenciller (rolling stock) ; letterer
places stencils on surface of rolling stock and paints over stencils by hand with a brush, using a stippling action to reproduce figures, letters notices, etc.
striper (perambulators, etc.)
see liner.
covers bodies of motor cars, railway coaches, carriages, etc., after they have been painted, with coating of mastic or copal varnish, with hand brush and sash tool; in rolling stock , also varnishes ironwork of undercarriage or bogie.

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From: A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921,
Ministry of Labour, 1927. Digitised by Peter Christian, August, 2016.   This text is in the Public Domain.