Virtual Paint Training

New technology provides educational, environmental, and financial benefits.

A well-trained spray technician is critical to improving operations and the only way for a spray technician to become proficient is to practice their skills. Often, a few simple changes in spray technique can produce significant results. Spray painting is like any trade, there are constant improvements to the materials and processes and keeping up with the industry and new technologies is essential.

What began as a small program providing painter training assistance to automotive refinishing shops across the country became what the STAR4D program is now — a national program focused on providing training and certification for the spray application work force.


Lea Schellhorn graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in marketing. She is the marketing coordinator for the Iowa Waste Reduction Center. Ms. Schellhorn can be reached at For more information, please visit

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