Commercial Painter

Commercial Painter

The first priority of the Commercial Painters 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 Commercial Painters uses three major tools to apply paints and coatings: The spray gun, the roller, and the brush. The skilled Commercial Painters 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, and structural steel), special effects and decorative designs, metal surfaces, or transportation equipment.

Working Conditions: Painting/Wall Covering 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 work time each year due to bad weather. Interior painters who work primarily on new construction may lose work time during slowdowns in construction activity.

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.

Recommended Courses: General Science, General Math, Chemistry will help.

Terms of Apprenticeship: 4 years of on the job training, related class room instruction, classes a minimum of 160 hours per year.


Wall Coverer

painter and wallcoverer

The Wall Coverer measures the surface he is to cover and cuts the covering to fit.

Next the Wall Coverer mixes the adhesive, applies it to the back of the strip of the covering, places the strip in correct position on the wall and smooth’s it with a smoothing brush or knife. They are very careful to match the paper's pattern, making sure the design continues from strip to strip without a visible break.

Painters and Wall Coverers may also estimate material, time and cost of each job, produce decorative designs, restore natural wood color by bleaching or refinishing, or apply special coatings.

Working Conditions: Painting/Wall Covering 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 work time each year due to bad weather. Interior painters who work primarily on new construction may lose work time during slowdowns in construction activity.

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.

Recommended Courses: General Science, General Math, Chemistry will help.

Terms of Apprenticeship: 4 years of on the job training, related class room instruction, classes a minimum of 160 hours per year.

 

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