A commercial painter is responsible for painting the interior and exterior of commercial buildings, such as offices, schools, hospitals, and retail stores. This may include preparing surfaces by sanding, scraping, or power washing, and using a variety of tools and equipment to apply paint, such as rollers, brushes, and spray guns.

In addition, a commercial painter may also be responsible for repairing and maintaining surfaces, such as filling in cracks and holes, and applying finishes and protective coatings.

The following is a list of personal requirements and skills typically expected of a successful commercial painter:

  • Physical stamina: Painting can be physically demanding, requiring standing for long periods of time, climbing ladders, and lifting heavy equipment.
  • Attention to detail: Commercial painters must be able to ensure surfaces are properly prepared and painted to achieve a professional and high-quality finish.
  • Understanding of tools and equipment: Familiarity with a variety of tools and equipment and know how to use them safely and effectively.
  • Strong communication skills: Working with clients and contractors comes with the job, as well as providing excellent customer service.
  • Good time management skills: Working on multiple projects at once is typical for a commercial painter, which also means using time effectively to meet deadlines.

Major Responsibilities of a Commercial Painter

  1. Preparing surfaces for painting: This may involve sanding, priming, and repairing surfaces to ensure that they are smooth and ready to be painted.
  2. Applying paint: Using a variety of tools, including brushes, rollers, and spray guns, to apply paint to surfaces.
  3. Protecting surfaces: Using drop cloths, masking tape, and other materials to protect surfaces that are not being painted.
  4. Maintaining equipment: Managing tools and equipment, including cleaning brushes and rollers and replacing worn or damaged parts.
  5. Complying with safety regulations: Following safety guidelines and regulations to ensure the safety of themselves and others while on the job.
  6. Working with a team: Working effectively with others and following directions from a supervisor or project manager is a must.

Working Conditions of a Commercial Painter

Commercial painters typically work in a variety of settings, including construction sites, offices, and residential properties, both indoors and outdoors. Working conditions can vary depending on the location and type of work being done. Commercial painters may be exposed to dust, fumes, and other irritants, and may be required to wear protective gear, or work in cramped or confined spaces.

Working hours may also be irregular, including evenings and weekends, depending on the needs of their clients. Working overtime to meet project deadlines and working under pressure also comes with the job.

FTI Ontario’s Painter Decorator Apprenticeship Program

FTI Ontario’s Painter Decorator Apprenticeship Program prepares individuals to enter the construction and renovation industry as a Residential & Commercial Painter (Trade Code 404C).

The demand for skilled commercial painters is strong as businesses and organizations will always need to maintain and update the appearance of their buildings.

To learn more and apply for the Painter Decorator Apprenticeship with FTI today, simply click here!