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Introduction To Painters & Decorators

Home Page Introduction To Painters & Decorators How To Find a Good Decorator Get Listed   If you are thinking of employing the services of a decorator or painter to help put the finishing touches on your home or business then it is worth knowing a little bit about the decorating industry beforehand. This article will give you a general insight into painters and decorators and what they do.

Painters and decorators come in a variety of types, from the odd job home decorator who often works alone on small decorating projects, to industrial decorators who work in teams as part of a painting contractors firm or as part of the maintenance team of a local authority or hospitals. Industrial decorators tend to work on decorating places like offices, factories, shops, churches, halls, and restaurants to give them a professional finish. However some industrial decorators can end up using their skills on huge projects like bridges, oil rigs and ships.

On the whole painters and decorators usually work a typical 9am-5pm week but may be flexible with hours for the customerís convenience. Their job includes measuring surfaces to see how much wall space needs to be decorated, liaising with the customer or the interior designer to find out the wall covering required and the effect that needs to be created, preparing surfaces i.e. stripping, cleaning, filling holes and cracks and priming the walls, as well as the actual covering of the wall.

To be able to do all this most painters and decorators are trained on the job as an apprentice, however there are qualifications for painters and decorators to achieve. Qualifications designed for professional decorators and painters include vocational courses such as The City & Guilds Basic Skills in Construction award: Painting and Decorating and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Intermediate/Advanced Construction Award in Decorative Occupations (Painting and decorating). These courses educate decorators and painters in a variety of decorating tools and techniques including paint spraying equipment, steamers, Artexing, varnishes, paints, solvents and even blow torches. Because of the diversity in the range of skills a decorator can have it is worth checking with the decorators you contact for quotes that they can do the work you require and have experience of doing it. For more handy tips on choosing a decorator check out our How to choose section.

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