What a Painter Does

The art of painting has been with us since the dawn of history. From the time man first learned that colored material dissolved in liquids could be used to decorate his dwellings, his possessions, and his body, painting has been an important factor in the development of civilization. Painting today serves many purposes besides decoration. Modern chemical plants produce paints for the protection of almost any material against any type of weather or chemical corrosion. Today's Painter must know how to prepare the surfaces of buildings and other structures, how to apply paint, varnish, lacquers, shellac and similar materials to the surfaces. The Painter uses three major tools to apply coatings - brush, spray gun and roller. The skilled Painter knows which one is best for each job. A painter also erects scaffolds, ladders and safety barriers.

Working Conditions
A Painter works both indoors and out. Outside work is done in relatively mild weather. In some jobs, especially maintenance and re-decorative, the Painter may be required to work evenings or weekends. Work is seasonal; however, new materials and methods tend to give more steady employment throughout the year. Physical and health hazards include the dangers of poisoning, falling from ladders and scaffolds, breathing paint fumes and dust. Of course, following reasonable safety rules reduces these dangers. The work involves standing, bending, climbing and working with arms over the head.

Interest And Temperament
The Painter must have manual dexterity as well as steady nerves to work in high places. They should not be allergic to or bothered by paint fumes, toxic materials and spray dust. A Painter should have a certain artistic sense in order to do a first class painting job. Good eyesight is a requirement.

Apprentice Wage Range: $10,340 - $23,265
Journeyman Wage Range: $25,850 - $34,400

For More Information Contact:
Painters Union Local 469 JAC (260) 484-7924