Painting Contract Template

Last updated April 29th, 2023

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A painting contract outlines the terms for a contractor to provide painting services to a client. It includes the project scope, work deadline, payment amount, method, and schedule. By creating an agreement, the painter can ensure they meet their client’s expectations and perform their work to the industry standards.



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This Painting Contract (the “Contract”) is made on [MM/DD/YYYY] between [CONTRACTOR NAME] (the “Contractor”) and [CLIENT NAME] (the “Client”).

1. SERVICES. The Contractor shall provide painting services to the Client at the address of [SERVICE ADDRESS], hereafter referred to as the “Property.” Services include:

a) Preparing the walls for painting, including patching, sanding, and priming as necessary.
b) Painting the walls with two coats of paint, in a color chosen by the Client.
c) Cleaning up all painting materials and supplies and disposing of toxic or hazardous materials.

2. PAYMENT. The Client agrees to pay the Contractor a total of $[AMOUNT], with 50% payable upon signing this contract and 50% paid upon completing the services.

3. WARRANTY. The Contractor warrants that the painting services provided will be of good quality and will last for a minimum of [YEARS]. Any issues with the paint within the time window mentioned above shall be remedied by the Contractor.

4. TERMINATION. Either party may terminate this Contract at any time, with written notice to the other party. In the event of termination, the Client shall be responsible for any services rendered up to that point.

5. GOVERNING LAW. This Contract shall be governed by the laws of the State of [STATE].

The parties have executed this Contract on the date stated above.



Essential Clauses

These terms will be found in most painting contracts:

  • Project scope – The services that will be provided, as well as the start date and deadline.
  • Parties information – The full names and addresses of the painter and the client.
  • Payment – The amount to be paid to the painter and when payment will be delivered.
  • Expenses – The contract must specify which party must pay for materials, transportation, tools, etc.
  • Independent contractor status – A provision establishing the painter as an independent contractor.

Benefits of a Painting Contract

Drafting and signing a painting contract allows the contractor to create a formal professional relationship with their client, to be clear about the pricing, to set reasonable deadlines, and to protect themselves against the client not paying in accordance with the contract terms. Additionally, the document establishes the painter as an independent contractor, making it clear that they are responsible for determining how the job gets done.

Industry Standards

By employing a painting contract, painters can assure their clients that they will provide their services according to industry standards. A standard painting job will include the following:

  • Preparing surfaces (e.g., sanding, caulking, or cleaning surfaces if necessary)
  • Applying one to two layers of paint primer
  • Proper masking and tarping protocol
  • Applying at least two coats of paint
  • Storing paint in the appropriate manner
  • Following work safety guidelines when using ladders or scaffolding

The client has the right to inspect the services and ensure that the finished product is to their liking.

Types of Painting Services

A painting contract can be used for a number of jobs, including:

  • Interior/exterior painting
  • Staining
  • Structural steel painting
  • Residential painting
  • Commercial painting
  • Restoration
  • Paint removal
  • Graffiti coverup