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Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)

National Occupation Code (NOC): 7294

Painters and decorators apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures. They are employed by construction companies, painting contractors and building maintenance contractors, or they may be self-employed.

Job Duties for Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)

  • Read specifications to determine quantities of materials required
  • Prepare and clean surfaces using methods such as scraping, sanding, sandblasting, hydro-blasting and steam-cleaning; remove old wallpaper and loose paint; repair cracks and holes in walls; and sandpaper and apply sealer
  • Mix and thin paint to obtain desired colour and texture
  • Apply paint or other materials, such as stains, lacquer, enamel, oil, varnish, fibreglass, metal coating or fire retardant using brushes, rollers or spray equipment
  • Measure, cut and apply wallpaper or fabric to walls
  • Assemble and erect scaffolding and swing stages
  • May advise customer on selection of colour schemes and choice of wall coverings
  • May provide cost estimates to clients.

Working Conditions for Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)

Work is often performed at heights from ladders and scaffolding, and many of the materials used emit hazardous fumes or suspended particles. Safety procedures are followed and safety equipment is used to minimize risks

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