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Painting and decorating

The painter was in charge of mixing the paint and having a supply of pigments, oils, thinners, and driers on hand. Depending on the nature of the task, the painter would utilise his knowledge to select an acceptable blend. In current times, the painter is largely responsible for surface preparation, such as fixing holes in drywall, putting masking tape and other protective measures on non-paintable surfaces, applying the paint, and finally cleaning up. 

Larger enterprises in the sector were often capable of conducting a wide range of painting and decorating services, from accent walls to sign writing, gilding of artefacts, and furniture finishing and refinishing.

Preparing surfaces, mixing paint, gilding, distemper, and faux-finishes such as marbleizing and graining are all listed as relevant abilities in the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica Eleventh Edition.

Professional painters are now in charge of all preparation work prior to painting. The professional hired painter is responsible for any stucco or popcorn or texture scraping, sanding, wallpaper removal, caulking, drywall or wood repair, patching, stain removal, fixing nail holes or other faults with plaster or putty, cleaning, taping, preparing, and priming.