13th International R-M® Best Painter Contest 2021-2022 | rmpaint
13th International R-M® Best Painter Contest 2021-2022
  • Driving digital competency and eco-efficient solutions  
  • 16 countries worldwide with first-time competitors from China and Morocco


R-M®, BASF’s premium automotive refinish paint brand, is running the search for the most talented spray painters in the industry. The 13th International R-M Best Painter Contest takes place in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. For the first time, China and Morocco take part in the competition. The motto “Driving digital competency and eco-efficient solutions” combines the aspects of quick processes and digital solutions with the notion of sustainability. Sixteen finalists will be represented from around the world and will demonstrate the top standards used by the best talents in the area of automotive refinishing worldwide – using the ONYX HD waterborne premium paint line. The competition is organized with the active support of the premium business partners 3M, ANEST IWATA, COLAD by EMM, RODIM, SATA and regular business partners Horn & Bauer, IRT by Hedson, METTLER-TOLEDO and sia Abrasives.

The need for young, well-trained talent is growing worldwide. When it comes to automotive refinishing, future spray painters are being prepared for increasingly specialized application processes, more efficient product innovations and more digital solutions. Since 1999, R-M has hosted the Best Painter Contest as a competition for young up-and-coming spray painters to promote the profession as an attractive career and honor the most talented spray painters.

Congratulations to the best already identified :

France: December 3rd-4th 2019 : Mr Sylvain CRELLIER, Garage de la Croisée dans le Doubs (25) 

Morocco: December 18th 2019: Mr Abdelhadi ESSARI, Hyundai

Spain: February 11th 2020: Christian Luis Rodríguez Sánchez, Citroën bodyshop Las Palmas de G.C- Genial Auto S.L.U.

Portugal: February 12th 2020: Kevin Alexandre, Autocareca bodyshop

USA / Canada: February 27th-28th 2020 Jeffrey Naugle, Glass and Sons Collision

Germany: March 6th 2020 Josephine Ellwein, Brinnig GmbH

Poland : March 10th, 2020 Krzysztof Narloch 

South Africa: March 13th 2020 Kenneth Paulsen from CK Tygerberg

Japan: November 3rd 2020,  Masaya Kataoka from K.K. Chuojidosha Bankin Kogyosho (Hanshin Sanyo Holdings Group), Amagasaki, serving Audi (Aluminum Collision Repair), VW, JLR

Italy: July 4th 2021, Andrea Albertonu from Serena di Brescia Bodyshop 

China : October 21th 2021, Hai XIONG from Chengdu Dongcheng Anbang Changan MAZDA

Belgium:  January 11th 2022 = National finals

Netherlands: February 2022 tbc 

Ukraine, Belarus, Kazachstan:  tbc

Russia:  tbc


The 13th Best Painter Contest focus on digital competency and fast, eco-efficient solutions, for example, in digital color measurement, as well as in the use of innovative efficient processes such as leveraging UV technology in repairing cosmetic damage.  Safety and sustainability are just as important, as well as raising awareness about actively contributing to reducing CO2 emissions through eco-friendly solutions including R-M ONYX HD waterborne refinish paint system. Choosing products from R-M’s e’Sense solutions is another way of doing this, since it is based on the use of biomass-balanced raw materials. The contest also focuses on training and opportunities to grow expertise in the industry. The jury consists of head trainers from the R-M Automotive Refinish Academy based in Europe. Worldwide, the R-M brand has a network of more than 80 Refinish Competence Centers: Equipped with the latest technical standards and multimedia training tools, R-M offers its customers significant flexibility to meet their refinish training needs while providing innovative and sustainable solutions and thus increasing the efficiency level and profitability of their business. #rmbestpainter2021

The competition is open to young spray painters 35 years old and under, who are familiar with the ONYX HD waterborne premium paint line. In 2022, the finalists will represent their respective countries at the International Final in France.

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