Refinish Prep Technician

Title: Refinish Prep Technician

Reports To: Shop Foreman & Painter

Location: Tacoma, WA

Employment: Full-time (Overtime and Weekends when required)


  • $17.50-$30.00, rate dependent upon experience
  • Co-pay Medical and Dental
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flex Spending Plan
  • Paid Vacation and sick days + holiday pay

Summary Description: This entry level position will put prospective candidates in the position of contributing to the refinishing of the best collectible and classic cars in the world. This position will aid our painter in preparation of vehicles for full refinishing to the highest standards, including all parts and pieces of a vehicle. We do not perform collision work at this time, and most of the work performed is complete paint jobs with the highest quality expectations.

Primary Position Requirements:

  • Cleaning of paint shop facilities
  • Stripping, blasting, and preparation of substrates for refinishing
  • Masking, mixing of materials, filler work, welding
  • Block sanding to our specifications
  • Organization of parts and parts refinish request forms.
  • Ordering of materials with attention to costs and accurate allocation of costs
  • Working directly with other restoration experts to help them achieve completion of shop projects in accordance with shop timelines and quality expectations
  • Painting of small parts
  • Wet sanding and polishing of finished panels to perfection 


  • Highly self-motivated
  • Ability to work in a team environment and accomplish goals of the business to satisfy customer goals and needs in a professional and timely manner
  • Highly receptive and agreeable to specific instructions related to the Griot’s Motors process of refinishing which greatly differs from the collision industry
  • Focus on learning, development of skills, and growth over time.


  • Minimum completion of collision/restoration refinishing program or 2 years experience in facet of the collision/refinish industry


      We value individuals capable of maintaining a positive “can-do” attitude, a strong work ethic and the persistence to keep trying. This means you should be able to take feedback and critique of your work patiently and with an open mind. Candidate must be self-motivated and driven to exceed expectations. Also important is a good sense of humor, ability to take direction, integrity and the curiosity and drive for constant self-improvement.  


      We ask that candidate provide support for industry experience through references from previous clients, employers or certifications. 

      Cognitive Skills

      Candidate will have strong written and verbal communication skills and learn quickly from failures or mistakes. Candidate will be a natural problem solver, and maintain patience and professionalism in dealings with clients. 


      We look for habits in candidates such as:

      • Punctuality
      • Maintaining a clean workspace
      • Maintaining a professional appearance
      • Good management of time and deadlines

      Work Environment (Fit)

      • Position requires willingness and ability to work overtime when required to meet deadlines.
      • Candidates should be prepared to enter a workspace dedicated to excellence and constant improvement. We value openness and honesty, and also expect feedback on what could be done better.
      • We expect candidates to execute their work diligently and without prompting or hand holding. 
      • We value creativity and a desire to problem solve. 
      • We value cleanliness very highly, your work space should reflect this.

      About Griot’s Motors

      Griot’s Motors is a Restorations, Sales, and Service business that lives to connect great people with great cars. In all businesses, but ours especially, reputation is everything. Griot’s Motors has a reputation for:

      Excellence: The ability to produce the highest quality in all that we do, and the attitude to accept nothing less.

      Integrity & Honesty: We strive to consistently, transparently and reliably do the right things for our clients and employees. 

      Perseverance: We keep our cool and maintain the quality of work through the many and various challenges encountered.

      Attitude: Smiling, positivity, laughter and encouragement are what we like. Check your ego at the door.

      About the Owner

      The Owner is analytical and detail oriented; you can expect to be questioned often and at length about seemingly small details. The Owner is patient and takes time to consider and weigh all options based on facts. The more facts you can provide, the better. Showing up late, unmotivated to work, or having a bad attitude will not be tolerated. The Owner is a happy, family oriented and positive person who ultimately wants to provide a workplace where other hard-working individuals can be positive and enthusiastic about what they do and have fun while doing it.