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Do more painters equal a faster paint job?

Posted by Wall Treats on April 8, 2021

When quoting and organising exterior and interior painting projects we are often asked, “How many guys will you have on the job?” While Wall Treats are award winning Auckland Master Painters, what we offer is a high-end, boutique painting service, and most customers understand this also means we have a small, expert team on each project.

Of course, there are occasionally times when customers are surprised we don’t allocate more people to their project to get it completed faster.


More isn’t always better – or faster!

You’ve heard that too many cooks spoil the broth, and in high end residential painting it can be a case of too many painters ruin the finish! 

In any painting team there will be a range of experience and specialised skill sets. It is so important to avoid adding an inexperienced or low quality painter to a team just to make up numbers, as

their involvement may be more detrimental than beneficial. It can lead to more experienced team members spending more time correcting substandard work than actually painting, which can lead to unnecessary time pressure on the project and less than optimal results.


How many is just right?

So, what is the ideal number of people to allocate to a painting project? Well, it depends. At Wall Treats, we consider the law of diminishing returns, and the point of diminishing returns varies on each job. 

There are key variables that influence maximised productivity. These include the project requirements and the camaraderie within the painting team. Generally, a small team works better together because working closely on an almost daily basis fosters understanding and communication, and issues between or amongst team members are easy to identify and are resolved quickly.

All registered Master Painters, such as Wall Treats, that specialise in high end residential painting will have a formula, honed over years of experience, that enable them to achieve their customers’ desired outcomes. Because we specialise in this type of painting project our team are so well versed with the processes and products to deliver success, that they work together like a well-oiled machine.

Painting companies who dabble in both residential and commercial painting across the market are less likely to be as well trained in one form of painting work, especially as team members are expected to work across both. They may also work on projects where the key driver is low prices, so will not be rewarded for focussing on attention to detail.

When working with larger painting contractors with larger teams, the outcome will depend on which painters are allocated to one’s project, and there can be inconsistencies in service and output because the painters you actually get depend on the luck of the draw.

It is important to us that while running a small team we are achieving maximum productivity, without compromising on the high standard our customers expect.


With the current low interest rates and the travel freeze many house owners are choosing to invest in their homes. If you are considering repainting your house this year, please request a quote now to make sure you don’t miss out - we are already booked to the end of May.

Remember, at Wall Treats we provide a one stop shop service that includes colour consultancy, house washing, repairs, height access equipment and much more.

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We are very happy with the quality of the paint result we have received from Wall Treats and also with the level of service we received. The team from Wall Treats produced an excellent paint finish and nothing was too much trouble.
Wall Treats’ work was of the highest quality, showing particular attention to detail in all areas. This small business represents both itself and the association very well by being meticulous in all areas from documentation to finished work. They have laid down a challenge for others to follow.
I had dealt with Wall Treats on a professional basis and was impressed with their level of finishing. I engaged Wall Treats for this project because I trusted that they would do a good job. My instincts were right. The Wall Treats team is a delight to deal with and I received efficient service from friendly professionals.
They are totally efficient and they are my number one … they would be my higher end, reliable painters … to refer on, absolutely, I’d think of them first! They’re going to be a little bit more expensive but I think you get what you pay for…
Many thanks for the work you've done on our house. You've done a very good quality job and we also appreciated your reliability, sticking to schedule and the fact you've been totally upfront about the costs.
We received excellent communication from the very moment we contacted Ashley for a quote to the final invoice being paid. Their processes were excellent and ensured that our job was managed in a professional way. We feel that Ashley and Daniel went out of their way to ensure everything went smoothly. Anyone who values ‘peace of mind’ the way we do should ring Wall Treats.
(Wall Treats) stand out by themselves… They’re the only ones who bother to communicate back about how things are going, how the quote’s going … all those sort of things. They’re the only ones who actually go that extra mile.
I was most impressed with the attention to detail and the communication throughout the whole process. The workmen were very considerate throughout the whole time they were at my property. What impressed me the most was that Ashley made sure every single detail was covered and checked in with me regularly. She also came and personally inspected all the work with me... Her standards are very high (as are mine!) and I highly recommend Wall Treats to anyone.