Painter and Decorator

Painters and Decorators prepare surfaces, apply paint and other protective coatings, and apply wallpaper and other decorative finishes to buildings and objects.

What do Painters and Decorators do?

  • Read specifications to determine quantities of materials required.
  • Prepare and clean surfaces, remove old wallpaper and loose paint, repair cracks and holes in walls and sandpaper and apply sealer.
  • Mix and thin paint to obtain desired colour and texture.
  • Apply paint or other materials.
  • Measure, cut and apply wallpaper or fabric to walls.
  • Assemble and erect scaffolding and swing stages.
  • Advise customer on selection of colour schemes and choice of wall coverings.

Key attributes for people entering this trade are manual dexterity, excellent colour and artistic aptitude. Good physical condition is important because the work often requires considerable standing, kneeling, and repetitive activities such as brushing and rolling. Painters and decorators must have an eye for detail, the ability to plan work, and knowledge of many types of finishes, their properties and their applications. Painters and decorators must be able to calculate areas and relate such calculations to required material. Good communications and customer service skills are required by painters and decorators who often interact with home/business owners, contractors, interior designers and architects.

Experienced painters and decorators may advance to supervisory positions for painting contractors or to other related fields such as construction management, instructing or inspection.

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