Painters apply paint, stain, and coatings to walls and ceilings, buildings, large machinery and equipment, and bridges and other structures.
- Prepare and finish surfaces like wood and drywall
- Work with different types of paints like water- and oil-based paint
- Work with stains and coatings like varnish and lacquers
- Apply specialty finishes like texturing, wall coverings, or epoxies
- Use airless and conventional spray systems
- Protect floors, furniture, and trim by covering surfaces
- Fill holes and cracks with putty, caulk, or plaster
- Prepare surfaces by removing outlet and switch covers
- Apply primers or sealers, so the paint will stick to the surface
- Use brushes, rollers, or sprayers to apply coatings and finishes
- Use green building techniques to conserve energy resources
Demands of the Job
Painters work indoors and out, sometimes on tall ladders and scaffolds. Using heavy paint cans and buckets, the work is physically demanding—bending, lifting, kneeling and standing for long periods. If you have an eye for detail, painting may be the trade for you.