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What Does a Commercial Painter Do?


The first priority of the Painters, Industrial Painters and Wallcoverers is to prepare the surface for the finishes to be applied. Some of the processes that are used are: wash, scrape, wire brush or sand the surface and, in some cases, use chemicals, electric scrapers, sandblasters or blow torches  to remove old paint. It is the job of the applicator to sand any irregularities, fill cracks and holes, and remove excess dirt and grease. 

  • The Painter uses three major tools to apply paints and coatings: The spray gun, the roller, and the brush. 
  • The skilled Painter knows and uses what is best for each job. Although some Painters do all types of painting, most specialize in one type, such as: interior or exterior work, new construction, signs, remodeling, particular structures and buildings (apartments, homes, bridges, water tanks, structural steel), special effects and decorative designs, metal surfaces, or transportation equipment.
  • It is the task of the Industrial Painter to remove previous coatings and prepare substrates and surfaces for application of coatings and to apply those coatings where necessary on industrial structures. The Industrial Painter must possess an interprovincial trade qualification seal or a provincial certificate of trade qualification and certificates of apprenticeship as required.


Working Conditions 
Painting is strenuous work, requiring much walking, standing, reaching, kneeling, stooping, climbing and carrying. Occupational hazards include falls from ladder or scaffolds, and skin or throat irritations from paint fumes and thinners. Exterior painters lose some worktime each year due to bad weather. Interior painters who work primarily on new construction may lose worktime during slowdowns in construction activity.

Recommended Courses 
General Science, General Math, Mechanical Drawing, Chemistry will help.

Terms of Apprenticeship 
3 years of on the job training, related class room instruction, classes a minimum of 144 hours per year.

Interest and temperament
Painters, Industrial Painters and Wallcoverers must have manual dexterity as well as steady nerves to work in high places. They should not be allergic to paint fumes, toxic materials, or spray dust. An artistic sense, good eyesight, and a sense of color are necessary to do a first class job