What Skills Do You Need As a House Painter?


Much of the decor of a home depends on the professionalism of the tradesmen who handle the painting job. A good painter converts a dull living space into a vibrant one that garners compliments for the homeowner. Painting a house, however, is not just about the skill to wield a brush and a can of paint; it requires an ability to coordinate the several tasks involved in the process of painting.

Painting Skills

  • As a house painter, you obviously need to be familiar with the different stages in the painting process. Stripping paint by applying stripper using fine brushes, using a wall scraper, sanding and cleaning the walls are all important parts of the painting process. A skilled house painter knows how to select the right tools and paints, use the right techniques with brushes and rollers and, for large houses, use a paint sprayer.

Math Skills

  • As a painter you need math skills for almost every task in house painting. You have to measure walls to decide the square footage you need need to paint and make compensation for space occupied by windows and doors. Calculating this correctly helps you estimate the amount of paint you require, the number of workers needed on the job, and the time when the job will be completed. You also need to factor in expenses on the job for material and labor when deciding to quote a price, so that you get a decent profit.

Communication Skills

  • Painting houses calls for extensive communication with different people: the house owner who hires your services, workers you hire on the job and suppliers who provide you with materials. Homeowners want painters to listen when they explain their preferences and give constructive advice on how to translate their vision into a reality. To get the best output from the workers on the paint job, it is important you give them clear directions on how you want the job done. Building a good rapport with suppliers ensures you get materials on time to complete the project.

Creative Thinking

  • When painting a house, there are various situations that crop up that require you to innovate on the spot. You need to know how to use a ladder when the ground below a siding is uneven or when placing a ladder on moist soil. If the house has dented walls, a creative-thinking painter knows how to decorate it with painting patterns using lime-washing or color-washing to create a stylish look. Using easily available items such as your fingers, rags or brushes or even a a baby's hands and feet, it is possible to create a one-of-its-kind-design.

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