Engaging a Master Painter

When you choose to use a Master Painter you are assured that:

- Your chosen painter will carry out the work in a professional manner.
- Your chosen painter will, to the best of their ability, adhere to current environmental requirements
- Your chosen contractor will abide by the Association’s code of conduct .
- In the unlikely event of a dispute with your painter, Master Painters Australia will assist in the dispute resolution process.


WHEN SHOULD YOU REPAINT
Paint is more than just a pretty face. It also performs the important function of protecting the structure beneath it. If maintenance is not keep up-to-date, the painter may have to deal with peeling, blistering and cracking paint, maybe even rust and mould. It is strongly recommended you repaint before problems are visible, and certainly within the lifetime cycles estimated by the manufacturer


SELECTING THE PAINTER
Your first point of call should always be your local Master Painters of Australia association office or web site for a list of accredited painters in your area.


BRIEFING THE PAINTER
It is up to you to tell the master painter what you want done. The wise home owner however, will listen to his expert advice before making the final decision. The master painter will also be happy to work with you in developing a desirable colour scheme. The next very important step is to agree on all job details and have them set down in writing before the work begins. You are entering a contract with a painter at this point, a contract which should only change through mutual agreement, in writing. List every surface you want painted, the brand of paint specified and the colours chosen, with sample chips if possible. This will make it easier for the painter to give an accurate quotation, allow you to compare it with other quotes and give you a permanent record for the future. It is very important to understand the various stages of the work to be done. Remember that the basis of a good job is often determined at the preparation stage, so discuss these requirements with the painter. Ensure that the manufacturers’ recommendations form the basis of the whole process from application through to the final finish.


THE QUOTATION
It is recommended that you obtain at least two quotations from members of Master Painters Australia. A member of your local Master Painters Association will submit a written quotation that clearly sets our all the points you agreed on such as the price, estimated job duration, preferred brand, progress payments, terms and conditions. The quote will also provide for protection of surroundings, access to obstructed surfaces, removing splatters and clean up time during, and at the end of the job.


WHAT PAINT TO USE
For the best performance use the best paint. The age old saying “you get what you pay for” applies to paint just as it does to other things in life. In most cases, buying the cheapest paint product is simply false economy.