Preparing a detailed brief for your painter is important to help you and your painter understand what it is you want to achieve, and to ensure that all ideas and expectations are tabled before any work begins.

Our painting specification checklist has been designed so that your painting contractors can prepare an accurate quote, enable you to compare quotes easily and have a record for the future if any problems should arise.

Painting Specification

Here are the key things you will need to include in your brief:


  • Your Contact Details
  • Preferred Timeframe

Surfaces to be painted:

Specify the material of each interior and exterior surface (brick, wood, plaster, metal, cement, render, etc) and whether they are new or previously painted. The material and condition of the surface will impact the level of preparation required, the sealing process required, and number of finishing coats needed.


  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Trims
  • Floors


  • Siding
  • Roof
  • Gutters / Drain Pipes
  • Fence / Gates
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Garage
  • Garden Paths

Preparation Required

This is the most time-consuming part of the painting process and most critical for long lasting results. Preparation items to include:

  • Re-putting Of Window Glazing
  • Mould Removal
  • Washing/ Cleaning Of Surfaces
  • Dust, Grease Or Scale Removal
  • Rust Removal
  • Loose Or Flaking Paint Removal
  • Patching Holes, Cracks, Broken Plaster
  • Sanding
  • Removal Of Fittings
  • Priming And Sealing

Painting Materials and Colours

Some colours will require more coats than others. The more specific you can be about colours and materials the more likely they will be able to achieve the desired outcome. Include in the brief:

  • Colour Schedule
  • Brand Of Paints
  • Gloss Level
  • Paint Samples

Method Of Application

The best method of application will depend on the type of finish being applied, the desired results, the type of surface and your budget.

The three methods are:

  • Brush
  • Roller
  • Spray Painting

Clean Up

Ensure that the quotes include information on clean-up procedures including:

  • Rubbish Removal
  • Paint Disposal
  • Splatter Removal
  • Landscape / Outdoor Furniture Protection