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What does a painter do?

A painter applies paint and other decorative finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures.

Some of the main duties of a painter are to:

Prepare surfaces to be painted (includes scraping, removal of wallpaper, etc.).

Determine what materials will be needed.

Use, clean and maintain various equipment.

Supervise apprentices or other workers.

Provide estimates and invoices for clients

What are some health and safety issues for painters?

Painters can work at a variety of workplaces, construction sites, homes, etc. and face a constantly changing set of hazards. The hazards include:

Working at heights.

Ladders, platforms and scaffolds.

Working in confined spaces.

Risk of eye injury.

Slips, trips and falls.

Risk of injury from falling objects.

Exposure to moulds, fungi and bacteria.

Exposure to bird and rodent droppings.

Exposure to paint products, solvents, lead and other toxic substances.

Proximity to flammable or combustible materials.

Working in awkward positions, or performing repetitive physical tasks.

Standing for long periods of time.

Lifting heavy or awkward objects.

Exposure to heat and ultraviolet radiation.



Electrical hazards from working close to live electrical power lines or equipment.

Shift work or extended work days.

What are some preventive measures for painters?

Learn correct procedures for working at heights.

Select the correct ladder for the job.

Avoid awkward body positions or take frequent breaks.

Learn safe lifting techniques.

Know how to prevent injury from electrical hazards. Maintain safe distances from energized electrical equipment or utility lines.

Keep tools and equipment, and their safety features, in good working order.

Wear appropriate personal protective equipment and footwear.

Keep work areas clear of clutter and equipment.

Learn safety procedures for working in confined spaces.

Maintain good ventilation during painting.

Know how to prevent exposure to bird and rodent droppings.

What are some good general safe work practices?

Practice safety procedures for:

Working at heights

Working with asbestos contained products

Using ladders


Repetitive physical tasks

Selection, use, maintenance and storage of personal protective equipment

Confined space entry

Follow company safety rules.

Learn about chemical hazards, WHMIS and MSDSs.

Know how to report a hazard

Follow good housekeeping procedures.

Painting Company Names: How I Found the Perfect Name for My Painting Company

I was in the same place as you six years ago when I started my painting company. I really didn’t care what the name was, I just wanted something that would bring in a lot of business.  In this post, I am going to walk you through my process of picking a name for my painting company

Putting my name in the business name – something like “Mike’s Painting”. Nice idea, right? Simple, easy to remember, and personal. But customers might hold the expectation that they would get to work with “Mike”. Given that I wanted to grow the business beyond myself, I didn’t want to give anyone that impression.

Choosing a descriptive name, like “Superior Painting” – With a name like this, the name could attract business throughout my entire service area and I could operate without customers expecting to work directly with me.

These names were OK, but none of them felt 100% right. They just didn’t hit me the right way.

So I came up with a list of positive-sounding words and tacked the word ‘painting’ on to the end of them:

Certainty Painting

Superior Painting

Assurance Painting

Evergreen Painting

Paint Doctor Painting

QualityPro Painting

Summit Painting

Questions You MUST Ask Your Painter Before Hiring Them

How to Hire a Painter – When referring or hiring a painter, there are certain questions you must ask yourself before hiring anyone.  When considering house painting in Toronto or anywhere else, it can be a scary process finding a reliable painter who you can trust.  It can be very daunting to have to find qualified local painting contractors and rely on them. Especially if they were never referred to you or you have never seen their work

Questions you MUST Ask Before Hiring a Painter:

A Written Warranty – Minimum 1 year warranty to cover all seasons of deterioration.

A Clearance Certificate from Workers Safety Insurance Board (WSIB)

If the painting contractor don’t have WSIB and a painter gets injured, then you and your house insurance are liable for this worker’s current and future wages as well as medical expenses.

Liability Insurance

Minimum $1 million liability but $5 million liability insurance preferred If an accident occurs (i.e. paint spill or damaged property), you are liable for your own property, unless you want to go through the hassle of legal measures.  This is good to have especially if the painting job size is less than the value of what can be damaged.

Years in business – Minimum 5 years of professional painting experience, but preferably over 10 years in the business.


Clients from within the past 1 year or more recent.

Past clients from 3-5 years ago.

Reputable references such as well-known commercial corporations

Criminal Record Checks

Hiring an Interior Painter needs more effort. Would you let a stranger into your house if there’s a 50/50 chance they have a criminal record?  Well without at least checking them, that’s what you are doing.

asking for their Clearance Badge that all employees should have if they have been checked.

Portfolios from previous jobs– Before & After photos are a great way to see results.

Do they have a Local business address or just a business card with a phone number?

Approximate starting and finishing times for the painting project – put it in writing on the property painting contract!

Quality of materials that are being used?


In daily life, are surrounded by thousands of different colors, each in their own right, impact mood in one way or another. Whether it’s the vibrant green of the fresh grass or the colorful leaves of autumn trees, each one emits energy and causes a different reaction in people. This is why the colors you choose for your walls will play a huge role in the atmosphere you have at home. These will reflect not only your personality and tastes but also the energy and vibe you want to create in the room. While some colors don’t necessarily match all interior decor styles, that shouldn’t stop you from experimenting with different hues that you wouldn’t normally use.

Start by Understanding the Basic Tones

The universe of paint colors is almost endless, and it is nearly impossible to make a quick and easy choice among them. In addition to important factors like temperature or intensity, each brand of paint will have custom versions of colors that will sometimes look similar when comparing swatches but will have a very different effect when applied to your walls.


white has a vast and varied palette that will give a boost to rooms where you are looking to create this type of effect. Although white is all-purpose, it will be good to determine in advance whether you prefer a warm shade or a cool shade. Warmer whites are great for a relaxed and visually relaxing vibe, while cooler hues are best in rooms where you are looking to be more active and alert


In addition to inspiring calm and relaxation, neutral tones like browns or beiges are perfect for people looking for more than just a white room, but who don’t want to use bolder shades. These hues will emanate down-to-earth energy and be a perfect match for your productive workdays.

Pale colors:

In the world of painting, each bright color inevitably has its diluted version, either pastel or simply paler. Just like neutral shades, this option will be perfect for people who are still hesitant to take the plunge to dark colors. Shades like powder blue, sage, pale yellow, or a subtle pink.

Handy tips and funny stories

It seems that even professionals can have a bad day painting. Over time have received various funny decorating stories and handy tips from trade painters, so have gathered together a selection for you

Look out!

Sometimes projects just don’t go according to plan as this painter tells. You’d think laying dropcloths out over a larger area would be the smart move but as Law can pretty much guarantee the only spot you don’t put the dropcloth is where the paint will always land

“One day I was working on a job in a really upmarket house, like everything was very expensive even down to the long haired white and grey fluffy cat, which was sleeping on the chair in the bedroom enjoying the sun.

It was just about smoko time and we had been called and told the brew was ready. As a workmate of mine turned around, he knocked the tin of paint off the windowsill he was painting and it landed just short of the dropsheet he had laid down under the window. The carpet had to be the most expensive carpet he had ever walked on, his first thought was, I’m up to be fired, the second thought was, who can I blame this on? Next minute, he grabs the ‘very expensive’ fast asleep long haired white and grey fluffy cat and swipes it through the paint on the floor, then yelled ‘bloody cat’, to which the owner comes rushing in and sees the paint on the floor, the cat covered in paint running off putting paw prints all over the rest of the carpet

Text checker

Remember the old days when didn’t have text messages? And now think how fast you can send off a flurry of texts to others. Of course, most of will have sent a text to the wrong person somewhere along the way, but perhaps not quite so spectacularly