Painter applies heavy traffic gray resin in the factory

Painters, Glaziers, Drywall, Bridge & Tank Painters

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) is a labor union that represents workers in various skilled trades, primarily in the finishing trades industry. The union encompasses a wide range of craft workers and professionals, including painters, drywall finishers, glaziers, glass workers, sign and display workers, wall coverers, and more. The IUPAT's primary mission is to protect the rights and interests of its members while promoting professionalism and high standards within the industry.

About The Trade

To become a painter in New York working within a unionized trade, you’ll need a combination of skills, training, and qualifications. The specific requirements may vary depending on the union and employer, but here are the general skills and steps you should consider:

  • Skills Development:
    • Painting Techniques: Develop expertise in various painting techniques, including interior and exterior painting, decorative painting, and specialty coatings.
    • Surface Preparation: Learn how to properly prepare surfaces, including cleaning, sanding, and patching, to ensure a smooth and durable finish.
    • Safety Awareness: Acquire knowledge of safety protocols, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), handling chemicals, and ladder safety.
  • Certifications:
    • Depending on your specialization and the union requirements, you may need certifications in areas such as lead-based paint removal or hazardous materials handling.
  • Physical Fitness:
    • Painting can be physically demanding, involving climbing ladders, carrying heavy equipment, and standing for extended periods. Maintaining good physical fitness is important.
  • Math Skills:
    • Basic math skills are essential for measuring, calculating paint quantities, and determining surface areas to be painted.
  • Attention to Detail:
    • Precision and attention to detail are crucial for achieving high-quality finishes.


Painters DC 4

Painter/Taper 150 Pittsford Palmyra Rd Ste E6 Fairport, NY 14450 Painter/Taper Local 31 West Genesee Street Syracuse, NY 13204 Painter/Taper Local 38 Timerson Road Redcreek, NY Painter/Taper Local 178 West State

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