Step-by-step guide to how to become a painter and decorator
What do painters and decorators do?
Painters and decorators can work on a variety of different projects, whether domestic, commercial, or industrial. The work can vary widely, but some of your key tasks are likely to include:
Measuring areas and determining how much of each material is required
Stripping old surfaces
Filling or repairing surfaces, for example to fix cracks
Priming surfaces or covering them with undercoat
Applying paint or other materials, depending on the nature of the job
Painters and decorators normally work 35 to 40 hour weeks, in normal working patterns. However, you may be required to work overtime or during weekends if a project demands it.
What do painters and decorators earn?
Self-employed painters and decorators are free to set their own rates for their work, unlike painters and decorators who work for an existing firm. You’ll need to make sure that you price your work competitively, and in line with your experience and any specialisms.
The skills required to be a painter and decorator
Painters and decorators need to be extremely practical, and happy working with their hands, whether indoors or outdoors. Increasingly, painters and decorators use computer software or digital colour charts to complete tasks like finding the correct paint mix, so you’ll benefit from basic computer skills. You’ll also need some maths in order to work out how much of each material you need
What equipment do painters and decorators need?
If you’re starting out as a self-employed painter and decorator, you’ll need to provide your own equipment. This might include:
Paintbrushes in a variety of sizes
Paint rollers and trays
Materials for cleaning brushes and rollers
Painting Tools and Materials
In addition to top-quality application equipment, you may need some of the painting tools and painting materials listed below in order to successfully complete your painting project. If you are like many homeowners, you already own some of these items. Depending on the nature of your painting project, you may consider investing in some of the items below.
Step ladders and extension ladders – to help you reach elevated areas
Paint scraper – to remove loose or peeling paint from wood, plaster, and other surfaces
Triangular-load scraper – to remove paint in small or tight areas
Steel wool – to remove corrosion from metal surfaces
Bristle brush – to clear loose material from masonry
Wire brush – to remove efflorescence and loose material from masonry, or to remove loose, flaking paint
Putty knife – to scrape away loose paint, or to apply filler
Broad putty knife – to fill in and smooth patching compounds in plaster and wallboard
Glazing compound – to replace cracked, broken, or missing panes of glass
Spackling paste – to fill nail holes and small imperfections in walls
Long-handled brush – to clean large exterior surfaces
Scrub brush – to remove mildew and dirt
Sandpaper (various grits) – to smooth and feather previously painted surfaces, or to roughen glossy surfaces so paint will adhere better
Sanding block – to hold sandpaper and help you sand surfaces to an even finish
Caulking gun – to apply caulk to cracks in walls, gaps, and seams in woodwork, and the junction of different surfaces (e.g., wood siding and stone)
Tubes of caulk – same as above (note that all-acrylic and siliconized acrylic caulks are paintable; silicone caulk is not)
Masking tape – to protect window panes and trim from paint
Paint guide – to protect carpets and walls when painting baseboards and other trim
Roller tray and grid – to load rollers with paint
Brush comb – to clean paint brushes
Paint pail – to mix paint and carry it to the worksite
Drop cloths – to protect furniture, floors, and shrubbery from paint
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have been serving homeowners and business owners throughout, and are ready to show you just how much of a difference that a little color can make. However, team believes in more than just paint.
can to make your project as easy and headache-free as possible. Beyond that, provide painting services so beautiful that you’ll want nothing more than to show it off.
IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO PAINT YOUR HOME YOURSELF?
An exterior paint job will not only boost your home’s curb appeal, but also improve its protection against damage. While this task seems straightforward, it’s not something that you can do without preparation, training and experience. You can save time, money and energy by hiring an experienced painting company for your project.
The end result of a paint job largely depends on how prepared the surface is. Preparation is usually the most time-consuming stage of an exterior or siding painting project. Any damage to your home’s exterior must be addressed before painting. A professional painter takes the time to make sure your exterior is properly prepared before proceeding.
Not Properly Handling Lead Paint
There’s a high chance that your home has at least one coat of lead paint if it was built before 1978. Lead paint poses various health hazards. It’s best to have a professional deal with it for your safety.
Not Using a Primer
Skipping the primer is another mistake homeowners usually make when painting their homes. Any stipped, weathered and unpainted wood requires a few coats of primer. Priming helps the paint to properly adhere.
Choosing the Wrong Paint
Color isn’t the only thing you should consider when painting your home. You must choose a type of paint that’s suitable for your home’s exterior. Top-grade acrylic paint is one of your best options. This type of paint offers superior durability and long-lasting protection against the element.
Key Considerations when Choosing a Commercial Painter
When you are looking for a commercial painter, naturally you want the best work that fits your budget and requirements. However, it’s an unfortunate truth that many painting companies out there are not truly reputable and professional businesses.
In fact, while some painting companies will pass themselves off as certified professionals, this is not always true. Often when you hire such a company, you’ll end up with an unsatisfactory result. To avoid this kind of issue, you can make sure that you are working with a reputable Cape Cod painting company.
It’s important to make sure you are getting the full picture when entrusting someone with your commercial paint job. If not, you could be subject to liabilities and other issues. A true professional will protect their team as well as his clients. But we’ll discuss this subject further down below.
When searching for a professional painter, it can be hard to know where to look first. Sure, you could look online, but Google can return all kinds of random results. Not to mention, search engines won’t tell you much about their work ethic, experience, insurance, and other important information. Narrow the list down by asking around.
At this point, you need to compare two or three professional painting companies. One of the first things you need to look for when hiring a painting company is their legal forms. Among these, the most important papers to ask for our insurance documents.