A painting, coating or decorating worker executes the paint and design work conceived by architects, decorators and designers. This work is typically part of original residential or commercial construction, but these workers are also used as part of remodeling and renovation projects. They perform interior and exterior painting, install wallpaper, and apply stains and protective coating to wooden floors, door and other surfaces. Often, painting, coating or decorating workers are brought in relatively late to construction projects, as airborne debris such as sawdust can negatively impact paints, stains and coatings. In most situations, a designer and foreman have chosen all paint and other materials to be used, and the worker executes designated tasks. In some situations, the construction or painting foreman may need to be advised of challenges such as surface anomalies or atmospheric conditions affecting the application of paint and other decorative effects.
The work performed by the painting, coating or decorating worker may be intricate at times. Accents moldings and frames, for example, may require careful taping and painting to execute professionally. The worker may also be asked to provide specialty accents using stenciling or brush and coating techniques. Additionally, the worker must have a good understanding of the application procedures and drying times for the various painted, stained or wallpapered surfaces he or she works with.
In many situations, specific educational and experience requirements do not exist for painting, coating or decorating worker. However, employers generally prefer candidates with previous relevant experience.
Painting, Coating, or Decorating Worker Tasks
Clean and put away tools and equipment, such as brushes or solvents.
Clean workpiece surfaces to prepare for coating using sandpaper, steam, cloth, or other tools.
Apply coats to workpiece surfaces using spray guns or brushes.
Wipe down coated work pieces to remove excess material or facilitate setting.