Career - Painter and Decorator

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Painter and Decorators will determine the quantity of materials needed for the job by taking surface measurements or by looking at job specifications or drawings. They will remove old paint or paper using sanders, scrapers, heat guns, liquid paint removers and steam strippers as appropriate and prepare surfaces by fixing woodwork; filling or sealing holes, cracks and joints; and washing them down using high pressure wash systems to remove dust and grease. They will select and prepare paints to match colours by adding tinters and brush, roll or spray paints, stains, varnishes and other finishes. When wallpapering, they will set out the area according to the pattern match and mark the starting point in the room, cut the paper to the appropriate length, apply paste to the back of each strip and hang the paper on the wall, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles. They will spray paint surfaces using a spray gun or specialised equipment and will apply decorative paint finishes such as stencils, colour glaze, graining, marbling and lettering, gold leaf and texture finishes and will wash equipment and clean work areas.
Avg Salary
Australia  $55,068 AUD
United Kingdom  £29,250 GBP
United States of America  $58,113 USD
New Zealand  $42,900 NZD
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