Part of the process of preparing a residential or commercial structure for occupancy is painting walls and other surfaces that require paint. Some home and business owners perform this job themselves, but it can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, especially when the property is large. That is why many individuals and businesses hire house painters to perform painting for them. The primary job of the house painter is to apply paint to the interiors and exteriors of the building in consultation with the building owners. There are several processes involved in executing a project, including selecting the right paints, preparing surfaces by cleaning them, making small repairs and applying touch-ups to blemished areas, and performing other tasks necessary to ensure that the final result is satisfactory to the client. House painters may work for a contractor or they may be self-employed agents.
Employers rarely consider educational requirements, with experience and references being much more highly valued. House painters must be physically fit, capable of spending long hours on their feet. They should also be comfortable on ladders and other high spaces, as well as bending, kneeling, and stretching. It is important to have a good eye for detail and be able to work carefully so as not to damage property. They must be capable of working quickly and meet clients' deadlines.
House Painter Tasks
Clean up and store paint and painting tools and equipment in appropriate areas.
Mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency.
Cover surfaces with drop cloths or masking tape and paper for protection during painting and post appropriate paint signs.
Remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting.
Paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns.