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What does a Painter & Wallcoverer do?


The first priority of the Painter & Wallcoverer 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 Painter uses three major tools to apply paints and coatings: The spray gun, the roller, and the brush. The skilled Painter 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, structural steel), special effects and decorative designs, metal surfaces, or transportation equipment. The Wallcoverer measures the surface he is to cover and cuts the covering to fit. Next he mixes the adhesive, applies it to the back of the strip of the covering, places the strip in correct position on the wall and smoothes it with a smoothing brush or knife. He is very careful to match the paper's pattern, making sure the design continues from strip to strip without a visible break. Painters & Wallcoverers 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 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. Painters 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.

What are the Programs specifics?


Length of program –3 Years

6000 Hours of on-the-job training


What do I need to apply?        Where do I apply? 


Must be at least 18 years old                                             International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

General Science, General Math                           District Council No. 11

High School diploma or GED                                        Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee

Mechanical Drawing, Chemistry will help.                1492 Berlin Turnpike

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