Why do painters wear white?

May 12, 2017 at 1:16 pm | Category: Business


Painters Whites

One question we seem to get is “why do painters always wear white clothing?


There are many beliefs on this topic and here are a few I gathered from

All of our painters at Amato Painting are required to wear “whites”

Sign of Professionalism

  • Certain professions are associated with specific uniforms and colors. For example, the housekeeping profession is often associated with blue and white pin-striped dresses with large white lapels and a tea apron for women. What sets painters apart is all-white clothing. Painters wear white dungarees, overalls or tee shirts and trousers to distinguish themselves from other tradesmen. In his white clothing, a painter is more likely to be recognized and perhaps approached with an offer of work. In all white, he is an advertisement of his profession.
  • Convenience of Maintenance

    • Even when a painter works with colors apart from white, he can always bleach his clothes and restore them to their former unstained appearance. If his clothing was any color other than white, the bleach would cause it to fade. White clothing is thus easier to maintain.
    • Historical Reasons

      • In 18th-century England, buildings were routinely whitewashed. It is believed that painters took to wearing white clothes at this time so that the whitewash would not show on their garments.In the 20th century, union painters adopted white clothing as a sign of solidarity to set themselves apart from the non-union painters who tended to wear blue and white.
      • Other Reasons

        • Often a painter´s job involves working outdoors in the strong sun for long periods of time. The color white reflects light instead of absorbing it and tends to keep the body cooler. This is also why people switch to wearing white clothes in the hot summer months.White fabric is also cheaper than its dyed counterpart. White clothing thus makes economic sense.


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ryan amatoRyan Amato is a man driven by his values, first and foremost. As manager of Amato Painting, Ryan’s leadership is one of trust and commitment. His relationships with his team are as important as those with his clients. His motivation to provide professional service is driven by a dependable workmanship that secures their reputation of being the best at what they do. No matter the size of the project, Ryan is adept at meeting deadlines and budgets.

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