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Old 10-24-2011, 07:10 PM   #41
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truth is Painters are angelic, can't do you wrong and the white is just a confirmation of that,
So after a few months and they have every colour under the rainbow on their whites, is that representative of all the customers they have done wrong to..?
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:57 PM   #42
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Dorian Gray syndrome.
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I think they wear whites so that no one mistakes them for carpenters. Not that any one would.
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Not all countries painters wear white..in Lithuania them are blue
http://www.lgcdecorators.co.uk/paddi...ecorators.html

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I started out wearing blue this morning. By the time I was done, I was wearing Light Gingerbread, and something that looked like pudding. Good thing I don't paint every day. I wouldn't have any clean clothes left.
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I wear white because I dont have to purchase a custume. I go as a casper the ghost.
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I wear derty whites. Not ashamed of it. Clean them every day. If it afects my work cant tell. Mybe gets rid of snobs. my origonle post still stains white wear verry afordable along time ago. alot of other trades wear white
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Not all countries painters wear white..in Lithuania them are blue
From where you get that??

By the way, I''ll be wearing whites from monday. My azz looks like barn with them
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But it turns out that nobody seems to know the answer for sure, but there a lot of theories. I found many of them in a survey done by the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades.

One theory holds that the custom of painters wearing white began in 18th-century England when buildings commonly were whitewashed. Another idea says that it began in the early 20th century when union painters adopted white as their uniform to set themselves aside from non-union workers. The union guys used to wear white clothes with black neckties as a symbol of their professionalism.

The theory I came across most often says that the most common color painters deal with is white, and they also deal with a lot of other white stuff such as plaster and spackle, so they wear white clothes so the splotches don't show. A painter in blue jeans is going to finish the day looking a lot messier than a painter in white.

Does bleach get paint stains out? I'm not sure, but if it does that would be another good reason for painting in white.

And last but not least, white is a symbol of cleanliness. It leaves the impression the painter is going to do a nice, neat and tidy job without getting paint all over himself and everything else, which is the way I paint.
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But it turns out that nobody seems to know the answer for sure, but there a lot of theories. I found many of them in a survey done by the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades.

One theory holds that the custom of painters wearing white began in 18th-century England when buildings commonly were whitewashed. Another idea says that it began in the early 20th century when union painters adopted white as their uniform to set themselves aside from non-union workers. The union guys used to wear white clothes with black neckties as a symbol of their professionalism.

The theory I came across most often says that the most common color painters deal with is white, and they also deal with a lot of other white stuff such as plaster and spackle, so they wear white clothes so the splotches don't show. A painter in blue jeans is going to finish the day looking a lot messier than a painter in white.

Does bleach get paint stains out? I'm not sure, but if it does that would be another good reason for painting in white.

And last but not least, white is a symbol of cleanliness. It leaves the impression the painter is going to do a nice, neat and tidy job without getting paint all over himself and everything else, which is the way I paint.
PS: All the old photos I have of Union Painters show white pants button down shirts and black ties ... Painting was a very professional trade with very skilled mechanics who took great pride in there art.
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Its so we can tell if they have been working or not.
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so that they don't look dirty while painting a white wall
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Does bleach get paint stains out? I'm not sure, but if it does that would be another good reason for painting in white.
Not any paint I've ever used!

I think painters wear white so they disappear against a white wall. Keeps the boss from finding them when they are on unscheduled beer breaks
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Painters wear white for a number of reasons. It is a bit of a warning to everyone else, if you see a painter you tend not to touch anything. It looks much more professional when a bunch of painters turn up to a job wearing white as oppose to every one wearing whatever colour they want. What if all painters wore red or blue they would all still be wearing different shades of red or blue and they would fade at different levels. You can bleach your whites clean without fading. Most colours used when painting are a light colour, so if youíre wearing any other colour than white its going to show a lot more. Temperature wise itís also the coolest colour to wear outside.
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I've been a painter for 21 years, own a painting business in CT. www.thevillagepainter.com I know in the late 1800's the union workers being laid off would pick up painting jobs, typically in there dark work colors and overalls. Painters would wear white to seperate themselves from these guys. It showed a sense of professionalism and pride like a chef wears his whites. A huge advantage I notice for myself when working outside,which maybe played a role also in the day, is that White reflects the sun. Dark colors absorb. Working outdoors in the sun with dark clothes on a ladder will leave you dragging with heat exhaustion.
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I've been a painter for 21 years, own a painting business in CT. www.thevillagepainter.com I know in the late 1800's the union workers being laid off would pick up painting jobs, typically in there dark work colors and overalls. Painters would wear white to seperate themselves from these guys. It showed a sense of professionalism and pride like a chef wears his whites. A huge advantage I notice for myself when working outside,which maybe played a role also in the day, is that White reflects the sun. Dark colors absorb. Working outdoors in the sun with dark clothes on a ladder will leave you dragging with heat exhaustion.
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And still, painters wear white because they're virgins.
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No I believe you mean male design color consultants, but for them paint is just too icky.
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I believe they wear white so the paint stains stay visible. The more paint you've got on your clothes the busier you've been recently. It's like a mini port folio
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The real reason painters wear whites is that painters used to mix 50 lbs of "White lead powder" with a can of paint paste in order to make about 2 gallons of paint. The mixing process produced large amounts of white dust and to hide the dust on themselves the painters wore white. (White lead powder has been replaced by titanium white)

Many painters developed Asburgers syndrome (lead poison)as a result. Today, all Union companies and Professional shops wear whites.

Aside from tradition, White is also the most commonly used paint and hides better in whites than on, say blue jeans. Whites also look more professional.

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