Check out our other articles

The Importance of Wearing Whites as a Professional Decorator


Is it important for professional decorators to wear whites and why?  ProDec asked members of The Decorators Forum that very question. This is what they came back with

1Yes! Not only Important as PPE as Paints Can be Toxic/Corrosive. It also Distinguishes him/her from all the Other Tradesman on site. Plus, if you Ask me Personally it looks more Professional
2Yes, it’s important to wear whites. It gives the tradespersons a more professional look
3I’m a believer that wearing whites shows professionalism
4They are a uniform for decorators. It makes you look professional and reassures a customer that you’re not some jobsworth and you’re going to do a good job. The downside for me is there far too hot to wear in the summer.
5Gives an identity to decorators. Looks professional.
6I think it is important to wear whites as it is a sign of professionalism, however it’s fair to say that for some, they could become irritable. Therefore some decorators may not want to wear them.

For – They keep your clothes clean. Extra storage. You can leave and contamination from your work environment in your van.

Against – They can get heavy and pull your shoulders.

8Absolutely, it’s the mark/uniform of a professional. Everyone recognises a painter when they wear whites. Without whites you look like an average DIYer that has had a go at painting their own house. Wearing whites can also get you work through recognition. I.e. a member of the public will recognise a painter and ask for a quote etc .
9Yes, looks more professional
10Looks far more professional than turning up in a pair of Adidas popper pants and your dads old jumper! People can identify you as a decorator rather than just a scruffy looking sod.
11It is important. You have to look the part and be professional. Those that don’t just look like handymen
12I think it is important to wear whites and clean whites at that. I think it makes you instantly recognisable on site and in the street. Every trade has their own colours to wear and should do so in my view.
13YES! also its practical and useful. 
14It is definitely important as it makes a decorator look professional and you should change the whites often as you don’t want to look scruffy. Cleanliness is paramount.
15Yes, I think so as it shows what profession you’re are working in.
No arguments always have always will
16Yes. Gives a more professional appearance. Also don’t like decorators wearing their overalls to travel to site in!!
17I feel it is important to wear whites as a decorator, this defines the difference between a DIYer and a professional. It is always about appearance when working in a domestic setting and clients do not like you coming in to a house in scruffy jog bottoms. Also, as we do a lot of outside work the white repels the sun meaning we don’t overheat this is important for our health.
18100% not important to be white.
100% needs to be comfy and look respectable.
19I think so, looks more professional
20Yes.  Makes you look and feel more professional.  Customers and public then can see you are a decorator. Public image.
21Yes, it’s what separates us from bob a job cowboys
22I’m defiantly for. Whites are synonymous with decorating and you want to look smart as your look represents your company
23I think so, I feel it gives the customer confidence in your ability

For: it saves getting paint on your jog bottoms and I suppose it makes you look professional

Against: in the summer working inside I find them horrible to wear. thin cotton joggers are what I wear and have never had any one comment on why I’m not wearing whites. I think a company logo t-shirt or trade t-shirt is more important.

25Looks professional
26Of course! Professionalism is important. Also, why wouldn’t you? Many pockets to use etc
27Yes, would you trust somebody who turned up to decorate your house looking scruffy or in joggers?
28It’s the uniform of decorators! You don’t see a fireman turning up in jogging bottoms and a hoodie

Sponsored by

Pro Dec

Purdy Tools Have Lost Their Way, brushes

Purdy Tools Have Lost Their Way

Purdy Tools Have Lost Their Way By Simon YoungControversial post alert ⚠. Purdy's tools & brushes are now officially s**t! This week I've had a Purdy frame seize, a colossus roller leave bits of blue fluff all over walls, and as for the brushes.... Scratchy...
ProDec Ice Fusion brush review by Daniel Wilson

ProDec Ice fusion Paint Brush

ProDec Ice Fusion Paint Brush By Daniel James Wilson   I have been testing the ice fusion paint brush now for the past 4 weeks. The brush has only been used with water-based satin and gloss on doors, windows and trim. After each day the brush was washed out ready...
This is a Rant About Not Being Paid, decorating

Life of a Decorator – Being the Partner of a Self Employed Man

    If you’ve ever winced after a trade handed you a quote or invoice, you’re not alone. Admittedly I have done the same in the past, wondering why I’m being charged so much for such a short or straightforward job. Since marrying Sam and seeing what goes on...
Review of ProDec Ice Fusion Brush

Review of ProDec Ice Fusion Brush

Review of ProDec Ice Fusion Brush By Robin Gofton   First of all, I hope I’m not getting anyone in trouble by writing this! I picked up one of ProDec’s new Ice Fusion brushes at the P&D show in November, and as they’re only just going on the market now. I...
my customer has been ripped off

My Customer Has Been Ripped Off

My Customer Has Been Ripped Off By Anonymous   A customer of mine has been conned. Me and my mate Ron do roofing as well as decorating. We've quite a lot of work for them over the years, and last year we did quite a lot of roof work on their house. When it came...
ProDec Ice Fusion Brush Review

ProDec Ice Fusion Brush Review

Ice Fusion Brush Review By Davey Hamilton     Finally gave the Ice Fusion a run out and I’ve got to say it performed brilliantly throughout 👍. 3 storey hallway, painting over fresh Wallrock and it only lost one single bristle, pretty good for a brand new...
Sick of bad plastering, plasterer

Sick of bad plastering

Sick of bad plastering By Chris BaughIs anyone else had absolute gut full of poxy plasterers?! Turned up on a job to paint a freshly plastered ceiling. I was spraying it, and even said to the client “whoever plastered ceiling is rough”. He told me to “do what you...
abode acadamy because spraying makes sense

Walls and Ceilings Course at the Abode Decorating Training Academy

A quick review of the Walls and Ceilings Course at the Abode Decorating Training Academy By Craig KnightI went to Jamie at the Abode Academy because I had just invested in a airless sprayer. He has two courses, walls/ceilings and woodwork. I went for the walls and...
This is a Rant About Not Being Paid, decorating

This is a Rant About Not Being Paid

This is a Rant About Not Being Paid By William GilesClients ask me as a decorator to do some decorating. So, I travel to their home, speak to them, all the time being very polite, asking what decoration they are looking for etc. Then I go away and figure out a price....
Why I tape windows to paint them, masking tape

Why I tape windows to paint them

Why I tape windows to paint themI posted a picture on social media the other day and people were having a meltdown and losing their sh*t at the thought of these Georgian windows being taped. Trust me when I say it is quicker and leaves a better finish. See it like...