Why Do Painters Always Wear White?

“Why do painters always wear white?”

This is where appearances come into play: white clothing creates an impression that everything will be done correctly, neatly, and correctly, although in reality that worker is underpaid, doesn’t know a thing about painting, and has never even heard of Ralph Nader. This appearance allows us to go on with our work or conversation undisturbed without any “awkward” questions from the kids’ friends who are playing at “that house.” The painter himself knows his life is in jeopardy if he makes a mistake; after all we can always have him fired for not doing such-and-such job because it was not done according to our standards! Given the fact that mistakes are ever so easy to find (especially since we didn’t know they were there in the first place), this gives us an excuse to fire him without having to feel guilty about letting down our maid, the neighborhood kids running around in slippers, or even worse, that “uncomfortable” conversation with our next door neighbor’s nagging wife who keeps asking why we would let him paint when it is obvious he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

The question which follows from this article is: why do painters always wear white? Are they trying to get away with something? Not really; in fact a painter and his clothing are symbolic for everyone else of what exactly goes on behind closed doors. We don’t see them but we sure can smell them! We don’t want to see them but we’re sure glad they are there… The good thing is they are inoffensive, which when you think about it is a real bonus!

We wanted to know why paint wears white. We interviewed a few different people and here are some of the interesting answers we found

  • Painters wearing white is a good way to warn people. If you see them, you should not touch anything.
  • Painters should wear white clothes. This makes it look professional.
  • Most colors used to paint are light colors. They will blend with the white paints or overalls.
  • White makes people think that the painter is going to do a good job and not get paint all over things.
  • People are drawn to white. That is why people wear white clothes.
  • Painters wear white because houses used to be painted white. Painters choose to wear white so they would always look neat and would not have to worry about stains on their clothes.
  • In the 17th and 18th centuries, painters made their pants from the white canvas sails of ships.
  • Painters usually paint with white paint. They wear white clothes so that the paint will show up on them.
  • Customers may presume the painter is clean if he/she is wearing white!
  • Painters did not always wear white; in fact, a long time ago writers said that they were filthy and only wore dirty clothes.
  • White clothing gave the impression of cleanliness to customers!
  • White clothes became popular in the early 20th century. Painters liked white because it looked cleaner and more skilled than other colors, even though this is not true.
  • Painting was always associated with being hard work. When they started to wear white they looked cleaner and more professional.
  • Painters started wearing white in the early 1900s. The officials said that painters could wear whatever color they wanted, but most painters wore white because it was not expensive like other colors. They also thought that people would think that their job was easier if they wore dark clothes. This is true because people tend to associate dark clothes with hard work.
  • Painting became popular in the late 19th century. White clothing was considered “modern”. People who bought homes rejected the old colors and wanted new paint colors inside their houses . They also wanted their painters to wear white so that they would look cleaner and more professional.
  • Painters started to wear white because the customers thought that a painter who wore white would do his job better.
  • White clothing looked cleaner, more professional, and cheaper than other colors in the late 19th century.
  • Painters started wearing white when they started painting houses , but before they painted homes they wore dark brown or black clothes . Painters did not wear white until the late 19th century.
  • Painters started wearing white so that they look clean and professional. People can see how hard a painter works by looking at how dirty his clothes are. Painters used to wear black or dark clothes, but some painters wore white because it did not show stains as much! This answer is true because in the book, “The Art of Painting Houses “, Edward B. Gilliard shows that painters wore black clothes before white clothing became popular .
  • Painters started to wear white because customers wanted them to look clean and professional . In the 1920s and 1930s almost all furniture was either wood or painted a solid color like green, blue, or red. People did not have fancy furniture like they do today, so painters needed to look clean and professional when they finished painting a house!
  • Pure white clothing made them look clean and successful. This answer is true because in the book “The Art of Painting Houses” by Edward B. Gilliard he says that when customers saw a painter wearing white they thought that he was a professional.
  • Painters wore white clothing so that they would look clean and professional . In the late 19th century, painting became a popular profession. Many of these painters were French immigrants who moved to America because there job was in high demand. These painters wanted people to think they were successful and important, so they wore white clothing.
  • Painters did not always wear white; in fact, many painters wore very dirty clothes that were sometimes black! In the late 19th century, painters decided to change their look and started wearing white because it looked cleaner and made them look more professional.

These are just a few of the reasons why painters may wear white!! Agree or disagree?

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