"Painters" is what marketing people advertise on the web. "Painters" is a keyword that you might type into your browser to find someone to paint something, but what are painters - really?
A painter is someone who owns the title, someone who has spent a long time in the painting field; learning how to prepare surfaces, learning how to apply finishes of all types. A painter is not just someone who has a job and does it for a living, but it is what they are.
It has been said by many; "anyone can paint", and although it is not rocket science, it does require knowledge of the painting trade. It requires some craftsmanship and artistic skills, a bit of patience, and a personal satisfaction of knowing that the project you just accomplished was done properly and to the best of your ability.
Anyone can "slop a brush", but not everyone is a painter.
The history of Painters
There is not much documented regarding the trade of painters prior to the 13th century, however, in 1502; the Lord Mayor of London formed: "The Worshipful Company of Painter / Stainers Guild", which protected the trade secrets of paint formulas and application methods so that not "just anyone" could pick up a brush and call themselves a "painter" without having proven their talent and recieved recognition from the guild.
In the United States early 1900's, people who claimed that they were "painters" most likely were.
Back in those days a painter had the highest respect of the community and their peers, because owning title of "painter" meant that that individual had mastered everything that was part of the trade, such as; mixing paints with talcs and tints, matching colors, wall repairs (plastering at the time), surface preparation (scraping, sanding, priming) and applying finishes mainly by brush.
Many "Masters" of the painting trade not only provided painting services to the community, but they also mixed and sold their own paints to consumers who wanted to paint their own homes themselves.