Quality Assurance

Processes based on Master Painters code of best practices.

Reinforcing our quality standards is the assurance of Master Painters Auckland.

Master Painters Auckland is an affiliated branch of the Master Painters New Zealand Association Inc, established in 1913. With continued progress in both paint formulations and painting systems they have been at the forefront of the evolving industry.

Following the Master Painters Auckland best practice guide allows us to be consistent in our delivery of quality and to attain the highest level finish.

Master Painters Auckland have tested our skill levels, workmanship quality and confirmed our references.

Quality materials from reputable companies.

Dulux PaintsWattyl PaintsTaubmans PaintsResene Paints

We use long lasting materials that are purchased from good quality reputable companies.

We don’t use inferior or alternative products for:

  • Tools: as this would give a sub-standard finish and may take more time to complete the project.
  • Materials: such as alternative fillers, no more gaps, etc, as the product will not last the distance.
  • Paint: we won’t risk our reputation on sub standard brands.

Sound knowledge of painting systems based on NZQA standards


Being NZQA qualified means that we have been tested in a wide range of painting and decorating systems:

Demonstrate knowledge of

  • Components, properties, and possible defects of industrial and specialised surface coatings.
  • Colour theory, effects and schemes, and prepare colour schemes.
  • Work effectively and sustainably in the painting and decorating sector.
  • Carry out measurements and calculations in the painting and decorating sector
  • Work safely at heights.
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications.
  • Apply stains and clear timber finishes
  • Remove and replace doors and door and window components.
  • Prepare surfaces for painting or clear finish
  • Erecting and maintaining trestle and plank systems.
  • Applying fireproofing to structural steel and equipment supports.
  • Applying paint by spray.
  • Wallpaper and its application.
  • Removing lead-based paint and managing contaminated materials.
  • Floor coatings and screeds.
  • Gritblast steel surfaces.
  • Metal spray coatings to steel surfaces.
  • Coatings to pipelines and underground structures.
  • Liquid waterproofing coatings and membranes.
  • Calculate and cost work in the painting and decorating sector.
  • Paint by spray.
  • Paint by brush and roller to multiple surfaces.
  • Wallpaper.
  • Protective paint coating systems.
  • Lead-based paint and manage contaminated materials.
  • Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings.
  • Apply intumescent coatings.
  • Apply decorative paint finishes.
  • Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray.
  • Match specified paint colour.
  • Advanced wallpaper techniques.
  • Advanced decorative paint finishes

Members of Site Safety New Zealand

We are members of Site Safe NZ and are committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace by providing the information, training and supervision needed to achieve this.

Health and Safety Policy

1st Rate Ltd take responsibility for health and safety procedures, however, employees need to be aware of their responsibilities and comply with the business’ health and safety policy.

Each employee is encouraged to play a vital and responsible role in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace through:

  • Being involved in the workplace health and safety system.
  • Sticking to correct procedures and equipment.
  • Wearing protective clothing and equipment as and when required.
  • Reporting any pain or discomfort as soon as possible.
  • Ensuring all accidents and incidents are reported.
  • Helping new employees, trainees and visitors to the workplace understand the right safety procedures and why they exist.
  • Telling your manager immediately of any health and safety concerns.
  • Keeping the work place tidy to minimise the risk of any trips and falls.

We’re really pleased to offer you a safe, reliable, high quality service.

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