San Diego’s commercial painters have jobs that are surprisingly challenging, requiring a mix of detail-orientation (to make sure that everything that should get painted does and vice versa), physical ability (to go up and down ladders and paint at odd angles), and aesthetic sense (to assist clients who know their goal but don’t have a design in mind.) These dynamic individuals don’t necessarily have any specialized schooling, but most of them that have been in the business for any considerable length of time have keen instincts for what looks right with what and how to make that look a reality.
San Diego painters come in a variety of specializations, from those who work exclusively on new builds but can’t (or won’t) redesign an existing room to those who have a specific niche in Victorian home restoration painting or parking lot striping. Hundreds work alone, but most are part of a team. The work tends to be seasonal, so many have second jobs they hold during the winter months — the others tend to have a well-developed client base of interior jobs that can support them through the wet season.
Depending on the specific task, painters might spend all day or a relatively small amount of time doing non-painting functions, from caulking and weatherproofing to repairing drywall or re-hanging gutters. They tend to be general handymen in addition to skilled painters — after all, the goal is aesthetic, and a well-painted gutter that’s still hanging at an odd angle isn’t going to be pleasant to the eye.
The amount of tasks that are considered ‘painting’ might also surprise you as well. From actually applying paint to a wall to pressure washing, refinishing furniture, waterproofing decks, and even silk screening T-shirts or tablecloths, if it involves using a simple tool to apply a substance to a surface, San Diego’s professional painters can and generally will do it.
Commercial painters in particular tend toward the larger jobs, but that’s not a good reason to avoid them if you’ve got a home in need of painting. They might not take your job offhand if they’ve got plenty of clientele — but if they do take it, you know they’ll do it right and professionally the first time through, and that can be worth a lot.