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Painting Contract Template

Updated April 10, 2024

A painting contract is a legal document between a client and a painter that outlines the painter’s scope of work, deliverables, and responsibilities. Commonly, a painter will provide a price for the entire project and mention their expenses in a work order before the contract is written.

Once agreed, the price in the work order will be transferred to the painting contract after signing becomes a legally binding agreement.

Commonly used for

  • Residential (house)
    • Interior
    • Exterior
  • Commercial property
    • Signage
  • Public buildings

Table of Contents

What Should be Included? (7 items)

  1. Payments
  2. Scope of Work
  3. Project Changes
  4. Industry Standards
  5. Type of Paint
  6. Warranty
  7. Independent Contractor (working as)

1. Payments

It is recommended to pay the painter during the term of the painting schedule, not upfront. This allows the client to hold the leverage if the painter does not show up or is not performing per their agreement.

Payments should be set up every week or checkpoints such as:

  1. Payment upon acceptance of the contract;
  2. Payment after preparation (washing, applying primer, and sanding); and
  3. Payment once complete (including clean-up).

2. Scope of Work

The scope of work includes the painter’s responsibilities, such as where to paint and outlining the deliverables. This helps to keep the painting project on a timeline so both the painter and client can follow it until completion.

3. Project Changes

If there are any changes to the project, they must be agreed to in writing by both parties. For example, the painter or the client cannot change the selection of the materials used that are mentioned in the original agreement unless both parties agree.

4. Industry Standards

Ensure that the agreement includes a clause that states the painter will perform the craftsmanship in accordance with industry standards. This should include minimums such as:

  • Applying 2 coats of paint;
  • Storing paint correctly;
  • Priming the surface appropriately;
  • Brushing properly;
  • Covering non-paint surfaces; and
  • Finishing edges and corners in a professional manner.

5. Type of Paint

It is important to require the painter to apply premium paint in the contract. In addition, the client should specifically mention the preferred paint as cheaper paints aren’t as durable, with the effects being seen only after a few years (versus 10-15 years).

6. Warranty

Most painting companies provide 2-3 years of warranty[1] with common exclusions such as inclement weather or fire. Most painters will offer such guarantees as using premium paint, such as Benjamin Moore, which offers 25-year warranties[2] on their products.

7. Independent Contractor (working as)

There should be a clause that mentions the painter is an independent contractor and is responsible for the payment of their federal and state income taxes. This releases the client of any liability from having the painter be considered a W-2 employee.

How Much Do Painters Make?

The amount charged by a painter will vary based on several factors. The painter’s experience and the size and difficulty of the job will generally have the greatest influence on how much a painter can charge.

Median Pay[3]

  • Salary: $46,090/yr
  • Hourly Rate: $22.16/hr


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I. PARTIES. This Painting Contract (“Contract”) entered into on [DATE] is between:

Painter: [PAINTER’S NAME] with a mailing address of [MAILING ADDRESS] (“Painter”) acting as an independent contractor, and

Client: [CLIENT’S NAME] with a mailing address of [MAILING ADDRESS] (“Client”).

II. TERMS. The Painter hereby agrees to perform the following services in exchange for payment from the Client as follows:

  • Painting Location. [ADDRESS]
  • Services Performed. The Painter agrees to provide the following painting services: [SERVICES]
  • Payment. $[AMOUNT] shall be for the entirety of the services performed.
    • Installments. Payment shall be made by the Client to the Painter in 3 installments:
      1. $[AMOUNT] upon acceptance of this Contract;
      2. $[AMOUNT] after preparation (washing, applying primer, and sanding the space); and
      3. $[AMOUNT] once complete (including clean-up).
  • Paint.
    • Coats. [#]
    • Brand/Type of Paint. [TYPE]
  • Industry Standards. The Painter agrees to perform their work in the same craftsmanship with current industry standards and under the terms of this Contract.
  • Cleanup. The Painter agrees to clean up any spills, stains, or excess wet or dry paint left at the painting location in addition to removing all equipment and materials in a similar manner as the property was prior to the start of the services upon completion.
  • Changes to Contract. Any changes made to this Contract must be requested and agreed to, in writing, by both the Client and the Painter.

The parties hereby signify their agreement to the terms above by their signatures affixed below:

Painter’s Signature: ____________________________ Date: _______________
Print Name: ____________________________

Client’s Signature: ____________________________ Date: _______________
Print Name: ____________________________

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  1. www.performance-painting.com/what-is-the-value-of-a-paint-warranty/
  2. Benjamin Moore – Explanation of Product Warranties (PDF)
  3. www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/painters-construction-and-maintenance.htm