10 reasons to equip yourself with a virtual reality (VR) simulator in body painter training

Aug 27, 2021 | Pedagogy & Education

Virtual reality training is revolutionizing the way people are trained in the healthcare, construction and automotive industries. 

From training workers in construction risk prevention to training medical students in brain surgery, virtual reality offers unique opportunities to train professionals safely and effectively while significantly reducing training costs. 

But there is one industrial field where VR offers multiple benefits: the profession of body painter. 

SimSpray Process HVLP

Which virtual reality simulator to choose to train in body painting?

SimSpray is clearly the most used virtual simulator in the training of students for youth training in body painting. 

Car manufacturers or team leaders use this training tool to train their students in order to give them the necessary experience to obtain an apprenticeship contract, a diploma and finally a permanent or temporary job. 

More than a simple simulator, SimSpray is a real tool for analysing and sharing knowledge in the body painter’s trade.  

Created and developed by industrial painting experts, SimSpray was created with the sole purpose of simplifying the training process and providing industrial spray trainers with accurate statistics of their students’ performance. 

Créé et développé par des experts de peinture industrielle, SimSpray a été créé dans le seul but de simplifier le processus de formation et fournir aux formateurs de pulvérisation industrielle des statistiques précises des performances de leurs élèves.

What are the 10 advantages of VR simulators that the automotive industry likes so much?

Aside from the huge cost advantage, the body paint simulator brings many benefits to automotive industry training programs. 

Let’s take a closer look at it! 

Simulateur de machine à couper le bois

1- Reduction in the cost of training

When we talk about body painter training, we are talking about big budgets! 

The parts, the paint, the premises or even the professionals to call upon, it represents a very big bill. 

With a virtual reality simulator, you can offer personalized and highly skilled training experiences for a fraction of the cost. 

It has been proven that with SimSpray, over 5 weeks of training with 40% usage, you can reduce your expenses by 50% and increase results by 35%. 

 You already save $1000, from 5 students!  (Source)

2- Real-time evaluation

Thanks to a virtual simulator of body painting, learning is simplified for both the student and the trainer. 

Indeed, the sensors present on these tools make it possible to locate the gesture of the apprentice and its defects. 

The person in charge of the training can therefore evaluate in real time the skills of his learners and this, without waiting for the paint to dry! 

SimSpray Coverage Map

3- Green training

In addition to saving your consumables (paint, parts, etc.), a VR simulator also helps reduce your VOC emissions. 

Among other things, this learning tool guarantees an adequate use of resources and massively reduces waste. 

Sustainable development and environmentally friendly training practices. What more could you ask for! 

4- Right to error

One of the benefits of immersive body painting training is that the apprentice can practice the gesture without pressure, without fear of failure. 

Indeed, with a traditional training, the parts are limited (3 parts for 12 students in automotive schools). The student therefore has no right to make a mistake, because he will not be able to start painting again for a while. 

The VR simulator allows you to repeat your gestures and postures repeatedly, as many times as you want. Yes, the parts are unlimited in a virtual environment! 

The student has the right to make mistakes and can learn from them. 

For example, one of the features of SimSpray is to be able to visualize the “replay” of his gesture in order to analyse it, and thus, not to reproduce it in the future. 

A real advantage for the memory of the learners! 

SimSpray Process Airless

5- Peer to peer learning

What better way to learn than to watch others do it? 

With traditional training, it is difficult to get 30 people into a workshop to watch a student perform a sanding operation. 

With the VR simulator, the screen can be projected in the classroom for input from all the apprentices. 

Watching is learning! 

6- Step-by-step guide

The bonus with these VR simulators is that the apprentice can be guided in real time by visual aids in order to master his gesture. 

Thus, he can have help to learn how to manage the right distance, the right speed or the right angle. 

The realistic visualization of paint spraying is one of the most important features of the virtual training system. 

It also allows to simulate and feel the thickness of the paint while helping the student to understand what he is doing with aids directly projected in his virtual reality helmet! 

SimSpray Environment Future World

7- Infinite pieces to paint

As we said above, the advantage of a virtual simulator is that the parts to be painted are infinite. 

Indeed, there is often a shortage of parts to paint available in the CFA, CCCA-BTP or automotive school. 

There is generally an average of 3 parts for 12 students. 

As for virtual reality, it allows on average to paint 12 parts in 20 minutes. 

This makes a clear difference! 

Here the learner can learn by repetition, which is the most beneficial in terms of long-term memory. 

It’s all very well to get a diploma, but it’s worthless if you don’t remember your training to deal with every situation in the field. 

According to a study published by the University of California, virtual reality experiences create a potential 90% knowledge retention rate in students. 

That’s 4 times the retention rate of traditional common training! 

Screenshot SimSpray Parts

8- Choice of paint and unlimited quantity

The choice of paint is also a significant advantage of a VR simulator. 

Indeed, the choice of paint is very limited in schools. Whether in variety of colour, but also in quantity. 

Virtual reality allows you to go beyond. 

You have access to all the possible colours and that, without spending anything! 

9- Safety first

Virtual training environments, such as those provided by SimSpray, offer a safe and controlled practice. 

No toxic fumes or dangerous installations for the learner. 

Your trainees can focus on the technique in complete safety! 

10- Analysez votre ROI

Thanks to SimSpray, you can analyse your Return On Investment at any time! 

Indeed, the simulator comes with a dashboard called Paintometer that compiles the overall use of the system. 

Paintometer calculates the time spent painting, paint/coating applied and wasted, and the number of parts painted. 

You have an eye on absolutely everything! 


You may have noticed that a virtual reality simulator has nothing but advantages when it comes to training body painters. 

And let’s not forget that the implementation of this immersive learning only requires a space of less than 10m²! 

Which is much less than a real industrial paint shop. 

At Mimbus, we accompany you in the purchase, installation and training of industrial painting VR simulator according to your needs. 

Car manufacturers, shipbuilding, aerospace and aeronautics, we cover all sectors. 

Do not hesitate to contact us and let’s discuss your project together.