A painting and decorating contractor prepares by scraping, sandblasting or other means and applies any of the following: paints, papers, textures, fabrics, pigments, oils, turpentines, japans, driers, thinners, varnishes, shellacs, stains, fillers, waxes, adhesives, water and any other vehicles, mediums and materials which adhere by evaporation and may be mixed, used and applied to the surfaces of structures and the appurtenances thereto for purposes of decorating, protecting, fireproofing and waterproofing.
Authority cited: Sections 7008 and 7059, Reference: Sections 7058 and 7059 (Business and Professions Code)
Content of the Examination
The Painting and Decorating (C-33) Examination is divided into six major sections. These sections are:
1. Painting Project Planning and Estimation (28%)
Assessment of job site conditions
Equipment and tools
2. Minor Demolition and Repair (11%)
Causes of paint failure
Removal of wallcoverings
3. Surface Preparation (23%)
Preparation of sound surfaces
Preparation of contaminated surfaces
Preparation of failed coatings
Preparation of surfaces for wallcovering
Repair of holes and cracks
4. Paint Application (14%)
Application of primers
Application of finishes
Application of specialty coatings
5. Wood Staining and Finishing (7%)
6. Safety (17%)
*Percentages are approximate*
The following questions are typical of the types of items that are on the examination. The correct answer is highlighted.
1. What is the square footage of a gable 12 ft. wide by 6 ft. high?
24 sq. ft.
36 sq. ft.
42 sq. ft.
72 sq. ft.
2. What does the number on a spray gun tip refer to?
Pounds per square inch
Gun pressure setting
Fan width and orifice size
Gallons per minute
3. How should the contractor choose what type of brush to use?
By the thickness of the ferrule
By the length of the bristles
By the weight and size of the brush
By the type of material and surface to be covered
*All questions are written and reviewed by licensed contractors who are actively working in the field*
Painting & Decorating Craftsman’s Manual and Textbook.