Commercial painting: finding a competent team

Are you thinking about hiring a team of painters for your store, restaurant or offices? Here are a few tips to find reliable painters.

RBQ license

In Quebec, construction painter companies must have a work license delivered from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec to sell painting services, on any type of building. This license warrantees that the painter in question did pass different exams and respects the industry provincial standards. You must know that a contractor that is getting paid for a painting service without owning an RBQ license is working illegally, even if he gives you a receipt.
You are not sure if your contractor has his license? You can verify here.

CCQ card

A commercial building painter must have a valid Commission de la Construction du Québec (CCQ) card. (Note: having your CCQ card is not mandatory for residential painters working in Montreal and Quebec city.) This card indicates that he was supervised by a certified painter during numerous weeks in order to learn the good techniques and to improve his or her skills.

Adequate equipment

A good indicator to evaluate the level of experience and professionalism of a team of painters is observing their equipment. A painter who does not own adequate safe work equipment for a specific project might be a beginner. During the evaluation, ask if the company has its own lift for a project at heights, a pressure washer for cleaning exterior walls, and spray guns for painting.

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Answers to your questions

During the evaluation, a good painter should be able to give suggestions as for the type of paint that would be best and explain the reasons why it’s the best solution for your project. He should also tell you if, for example, you need a primer, pressure wash, stripping, etc.

An experienced commercial painter is normally used to doing drywall, sanding surfaces, caulking or replacing nails and damaged parts. Moreover, a commercial painter who has a few years of experience with a good reputation should also be able to refer you to other professionals if needed: electrician, plumber, carpenter, etc.

References for prior clients

Ask the painter to give you references of anterior clients. Dare to call those and inquire if they were entirely satisfied with the services received. A trustworthy painter is able to give several references without hesitation.

Your instinct

Last advice, but not the last: trust your instinct. If you talk to a painter to ask about his or her rates and you have the impression you can’t trust him, by all means, don’t hire him! The first impression is often a good one.

Are you looking for a team of reliable painters? You can stop looking!

FinDecor’s company of construction painters does own an RBQ license, and each of our painters does have his CCQ card. Our painters have over 21 years of experience, which means they can answer all of your questions in regards to paint, and they own state-of-the-art equipment to answer all of your needs for commercial and industrial painting projects. We offer free paint estimates in West Island, Pointe-Claire, on the Plateau Mont-Royal and almost little everywhere on Montreal’s Island.


Dave Beaupre

Master painter