Painter and Decorator

Painters and decorators apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate interior and exterior surfaces of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings and other structures.

Painters and decorators may perform the following tasks:

  • work out the quantity of materials needed for the job by taking surface measurements or by looking at job specifications or drawings
  • erect scaffolding, cradles and ladders and place dropsheets to protect areas from dripping paint
  • remove old paint or paper using sanders, scrapers, blowtorches, liquid paint removers and steam strippers as appropriate
  • prepare surfaces by fixing woodwork, filling or sealing holes, cracks and joints, and washing them down to remove dust and grease
  • select and prepare paints to match colours by the addition of tints
  • brush, roll or spray paints, stains, varnishes and other finishes
  • when wallpapering, set out the area according to the pattern match and starting point in the room, cut the paper to the appropriate length, apply paste to the back of each strip and hang the paper on the wall, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles
  • spray paint surfaces using a spray gun or specialised equipment
  • apply decorative paint finishes such as stencils, colour glaze, graining, marbling and lettering
  • wash equipment and clean work areas.

Painters and decorators may concentrate on a specific area of work, such as the internal or external painting of domestic homes, commercial buildings or industrial structures and equipment.

They often work from ladders and scaffolding and do a lot of bending and stretching.

Personal Requirements

  • physically fit
  • able to work at heights
  • enjoy practical work
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • normal colour vision
  • good sense of balance
  • able to work independently or as part of a team.

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