Tuesday, 23rd April 2019


Painters and decorators work to enhance, decorate and protect surfaces in homes and other buildings. They generally work on a variety of domestic and industrial projects, ranging from redecorating rooms to applying protective coast to big structures. This includes painting plaster walls, wood frames and fences, and metal surfaces.

As painters and decorators can find themselves working on various projects, and using a number of different materials, it is useful to have a wide range of skills and experience. Clients and employers will expect some level of creative and practical experience along with ability before hiring a new worker. Clients will give painters and decorators specific instructions on what they want; what colour, finish and style works best for them. The painter or decorator will then need to recommend the materials and techniques used before providing a quote and taking on the task.

Typical duties of a painter or decorator are likely to include the following:

  • Viewing rooms or buildings of clients
  • Showing clients diagrams or examples of colours and designs
  • Preparing quotes
  • Measuring surface areas and estimating how much paint or materials are needed
  • Stripping old wallpaper or paint
  • Filling holes and cracks, prepping surfaces for decoration with primer
  • Making surfaces even by sanding down
  • Mixing paint to the right shade and consistency
  • Applying layers of paint and hanging wallpaper
  • Replacing fittings and fixtures
  • Clearing workplace after done

There can many different types of project for painters and decorators to work on. If in full-time employment they are likely to work 37.5 hours a week. However, there are some jobs, particularly in industrial projects, that may need to be done at the weekend or overnight, and overtime may be required to complete jobs on time.

Actually, most painters and decorators are self-employed or work for a small independent business, so could pick and choose their own hours as long as they suit their clients. When self-employed, it is important that painters and decorators get recommended to others by their clients, so that they get more work lined up.