“Painting is simple, right? You can just take a roller to the wall.”
Painting involves a lot more than just a brush in hand and a paint can. A number of skills are required to plan, communicate, envision, and paint the project. Whether you are painting the inside of your home or the exterior of a building, professional painters need these skills to adequately complete the job.
- Physical Strength, Dexterity, and Coordination
Applying crisp, clean coats require careful handling of the paint brush/roller. The dexterity of a painter comes into play when performing techniques such as edging. Steady hands and concentration are key to apply the paint correctly without streaks. In addition to being comfortable with your hands, you must also have physical strength to perform the task. Painters need to be able to reach, hold, and apply pressure to their tools—this includes fixing cracks and other issues. Furthermore, moving and setting up their workspace involves additional effort. One of the most important physical skills is coordination. Coordination is vital to maintain your balance on high places and ladders.
- Communication skills
Often an overlooked skill, having good communication skills is needed to maintain a professional relationship with your client and to serve your client’s needs. Being able to discuss and layout the project with your client will help reassure them and provide a more detailed understanding of the task at hand. It will also allow you to express and explain potential issues or concerns you have with the task.
- Eye for aesthetics
Part of being a professional painter is decorative. You need to see what colours go where. More likely than not, your clients will ask for your opinion on the project. Clients will ultimately make the decision, but being able to offer a client advice shows your knowledge, experience, and creativity in the project at hand.
- Planning and Time Management
Professional painters need to hold themselves accountable for getting the project done. Often times painters are self-employed. This means that you will need to organize, effectively plan out, and maintain your own work schedule. You will also need to provide the client with estimates on how long the project will take. Providing your services reliably and efficiently will help acquire more clients and make your business reputable.
- Teamwork and Problem Solving
Although most of the time painters work alone, there are times when you will need to work in teams—for example, when painting large exterior walls. Forming a good relationship with your co-worker can help the project progress efficiently. Strong teamwork skills will help to overcome issues that may arise throughout the project. Being able to communicate and problem solve with co-workers is important for the success of a project.
As a professional painter it is important to recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Not all painters may be equally adept at these skills, but it is useful to acknowledge where you are proficient and where you may need improvement. Learning all of these skills will come from mentorship and practise.