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Plasterer or painter? Why not both?

The plasterer surfaces and decorates using plaster. He builds partitions and mounts metal frames, and puts in false ceilings and floors. He also installs thermal insulation and soundproofing, and protects walls from humidity. Depending on his level of dexterity, he may also carry out more decorative tasks: wall mouldings, ceiling rosettes and cornices.

The plasterer works alone or as part of a team. He works with other professionals like tilers and painters. Depending on the products he is using, he wears a mask to protect his airways from dust. Perched on a ladder or on scaffolding, he isn’t scared of heights. He often moves from one building site to another.

Skills required: Manually skilled — good arithmetic — good spatial awareness — clean and tidy — stamina

The painter paints and varnishes different parts of buildings: walls, ceilings, flooring, windows, blinds etc. He puts up wallpaper, fabrics and wall coverings, and carries out decorative work. He calculates the surfaces to be covered and the quantity of material necessary. He estimates costs and knows how to write a quote. He prepares his material, mixes colours and assembles orders. He applies paint using a brush, a roller or a paint gun and knows how to use a plastering trowel to texture surfaces. 

Only mobile and easy-to-transport objects (windows, doors, machine parts, etc.) are painted in the workshop, so the painter mainly works on site. He is always moving between building sites, working on new builds, building works and renovations. He works alone or as part of a team.

Skills required: Manually skilled — arithmetic — good spatial awareness — clean and tidy — stamina — good balance

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