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PaintJet Raises $10M in Series A Funding to Protect the Nation’s Infrastructure from Premature Aging with Industrial Painting Robots

Having already used its solution to paint 1.5M+ square feet of building exteriors and ships, the robotic painting startup increased revenue 4x in 2023

The Series A funding was led by Outsiders Fund with participation from 53 Stations, Dynamo, Pathbreaker Ventures, MetaProp and VSC Ventures

PaintJet will use the fresh funding to relocate its headquarters and expand its executive, sales and engineering teams

Hendersonville, Tenn. – WEBWIRE

PaintJet, the robotics company bringing automation to industrial painting, today announced it has raised $10M in Series A funding to bring critical automation technology to the construction industry and address widespread labor shortages. The latest round of funding was led by Outsiders Fund with participation from 53 Stations, Dynamo, Pathbreaker Ventures, MetaProp and VSC Ventures. This brings PaintJet’s total funding to $14.75M.

Every single commercial building needs to be painted for protection from the natural environment, but the American painting sector is in crisis, lacking 100,000 laborers that are needed to meet today’s project demands. This number is expected to rise due to the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events, leading to faster building deterioration and more frequent repainting. Automation, such as that provided by PaintJet’s robotic solutions, is becoming a critical necessity to address this growing demand for protective coatings and paint.

Rather than selling or leasing its robots to construction teams, the startup provides a comprehensive service inclusive of its robot and proprietary paint and maintains oversight of the painting process from start to finish. This model enables PaintJet to tap into the $200 billion paint market without being reliant on a shrinking workforce.

“Our latest round of funding has officially signaled that help is on the horizon for the industrial painting industry,” said Nick Hegeman, CEO and co-founder of PaintJet. “It’s not just about automation; it’s about redefining industry standards, addressing labor shortages, and introducing cost-effective solutions that break the mold of traditional painting. I’m thankful to our investors for backing our mission and enabling us to expand both geographically and across new sectors.”

“The demand for skilled labor in construction is rapidly outpacing the available workforce. PaintJet’s innovative solutions address this acute labor shortage while making significant strides in transforming the industry,” said George Easley, Principal at Outsiders. “There are a number of features that make the business uniquely exciting. PaintJet’s market exhibits acyclical demand while suffering from structural inefficiency, and the business itself has both a differentiated technical approach and a force-of-nature team with rare expertise in commercial painting. We’re energized to partner with them to grow their team, offerings, and reach.”

With the new capital, PaintJet will relocate its headquarters from Nashville to Virginia in early 2024 and make strategic engineering, financial and operational hires. This move will also support the company’s expansion into marine-based projects. When used on ships, PaintJet’s proprietary paint can not only prevent rust and corrosion, but prohibit mollusks, algae, and fungus from attaching to the bottom of a boat. Without this layer of protection keeping the boat’s bottom smooth, ships can lose 40% of their fuel economy due to increased drag – a significant reason the US Navy has a $3B budget just to paint its ships and submarines.

In October 2023, PaintJet unveiled its latest innovations, the Bravo robotic painter and its Alpha Shield paint to provide a complete solution for industrial painting. Alpha Shield paint, with its proprietary formula, lasts twice as long, reducing the frequency and cost of repainting for building owners. It also results in a 9% average reduction in air conditioning expenses due to its insulating properties. Additionally, the Bravo robot, powered by predictive analytics imaging, uses 25% less paint overall, driving down operational costs, minimizing exposure to toxic chemicals, and ensuring a higher-quality finish that requires less maintenance over time.

The company’s technology is already trusted by customers including Prologis, Clayco, Layton Construction, Brinkmann Constructors and more to receive high-quality painting that prevents projects from premature aging.

“PaintJet’s system is truly exceptional,” said Shaun Carter, superintendent for Vardaman Construction. “The speed, precision, and quality it delivered surpassed anything I had ever seen. It’s changing the way we approach industrial painting and setting the gold standard for efficiency and protection.”

To learn more about PaintJet and its open positions, visit

About PaintJet
PaintJet multiplies painter productivity by integrating robotics throughout the entire coating process. This allows for projects to be completed in half the time with half the crew than average while using 25 percent less materials and guaranteeing application quality. Designed with the construction operating environment in mind, PaintJet operates by connecting to industry-standard equipment already on site, can be set up and taken down in 30 minutes and is mobile enough to be transported in a pickup or small trailer. Incorporated as Foreman Technologies, PaintJet is currently based in Nashville, TN. For more information, visit


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