About Us


Who We Are

Since 2012, Pete’s Painting Solutions offers the community of Cairns and surrounding areas with high-quality painting services. As a locally owned and operated business, we’re fully licensed and insured.
We’re not only experienced with applying paint, but we understand the science of it. Different surfaces react differently with various paints as well as the conditions they’re subjected to. That’s why during your consultation, we’ll take the time to understand your project and its specific needs.
With over a hundred combined years of experience, our team share our dedication to quality workmanship and excellent customer service. We carefully screen each of our team members and thoroughly train them to our high standards of excellence.
Pete’s Painting Solutions is an Australian owned and operated family business, located in the Cairns area.

We take pride in servicing the Far North Queensland area for all your painting needs. From every facet of residential property painting to large scale commercial jobs, we have you covered.

At Pete's Painting Solutions, we aim to provide quotes within 24 hours. We run a relatively large team of around 12 full-time tradesmen, so we generally have the capability to start work within specified timeframes and can put the right number of people onsite to ensure the best value.

With our large team, we have the experience and knowledge to provide an optimum service at all times. We are locally owned and operated, so we are reliable and easy to find.
Our focus is to provide all painting and restoration work at a high standard that will exceed your expectations. We have a multi-layered defecting process incorporated into our approach which helps ensure when we walk away, you are satisfied.

Being a Taubmans-Accredited painting company means we use the Ultra-Premium lines of coatings at discounted rates to ensure customers receive only the very best, every time. We can and do use other brands when requested or when appropriate for the task at hand.
Safety is important to us, therefore, in any task we undertake, we have the right person in the right position. Our staff have all the acquired high risk and machinery operating tickets and we even have our own in-house experienced scaffolders and high-risk height experts—to ensure that access is never one of our problems.

Pete’s Painting Solutions is fully insured and licensed for work in QLD (QBCC 1319729). This ensures that our work meets the industry standards at all times.



We provide a wide range of painting related services that include:
  • Interior & exterior residential property painting. Real estate rental properties, sale properties. Renovations, touch ups or a complete freshen up.
  • Commercial properties. Resorts, interior & exterior, shopping centres, factories & unit complexes.
  • Roof Spraying. Bring your sun damaged roof to life with a fresh coat of paint.
  • Pressure washing with a commercial 3000PSI washer to ensure our work has the best chance possible of surviving in this harsh climate.
  • Scaffolding is provided for safety on site where required, to abide with the Australian building requirements & standards.
  • High risk boom operators. Our team consists of boom operators, for multi-level complexes.
  • Queenslander restoration. We have had a large amount of experience in the restoration of Queenslanders & we continue to learn as we go.
  • Driveways. Why not freshen up your driveway with a coat of paint as well as your home?

Reasons to give us a call:
  • Australian owned & operated
  • Reliable, with a fast turn-around
  • In-house scaffolding & access capabilities reduces costs & delays
  • Male & female staff
  • Insurance to cover any sized job
  • Fully licensed with QBCC
  • A large crew ensures high availability
  • A multitude of highly skilled staff
  • Quotes within 24 hours
  • All work guaranteed
  • Referrals available
  • We CLEAN up!
If you’re looking to improve your home or business for the best street appeal, or freshen up a property for new tenants, Pete’s Painting Solutions are the experts to assist you.

For an obligation free quote, contact us on our website or call 0467 533 970 today.

Who We Are

Our Story
Pete’s Painting Solutions has been in operation for 8 years, serving the Far North Queensland region. With our experience in the hot, humid far North Queensland climate, we ensure that all our painting works can withstand the Australian sun.

Pete’s Painting Solutions is proudly an Australian family owned and operated company, with three brothers working together with a great crew of tradespeople.

Meet our team
Peter Raby - Owner & Director
Pete has been in the industry for 12 years. Pete has lived permanently in the Cairns area for the last 10 years, while identifying a huge gap in the local market, being that there were no mid-size companies servicing the domestic sector. He created Pete’s Painting Solutions to fill that void so the domestic customers could enjoy the benefits that a company structure brings over small operations. Since then he has branched out into the larger commercial market and completed a number of large iconic, landmark buildings in Cairns. However, PPS will never lose sight of its original vision of servicing the domestic market in far North Queensland

Pete’s experience in domestic and commercial painting ensures that your project is quoted to the finest detail, to include everything you need with 100% clarity between the clients and Pete’s Painting Solutions.

Pete and his management oversee all aspects of your job from the initial contact to the hand-over of the job, giving you the confidence that your job will be completed in the best timeframe, to the highest quality.
Nick Raby - Operations Manager
Nicks’s pre-painting experience was as the operations manager for Buildsafe Australia, building that company from one branch with 25 staff to several branches with more than 200 staff in his 12-year tenure. This gives Nick exceptional management and control qualities that have transferred wonderfully into PPS and has truly transformed our accountability. Nick’s 2 years so far in the painting industry has really given him the insight to control all facets of operation very efficiently. Also, Nick’s experience at Buildsafe means there is absolutely nothing about access that he is not an absolute expert on.

Nick ensures that the staff are reliable, inspecting the site frequently throughout the job for quality control.
Andrew Raby - High Risk Machinery Operator & Scaffolder
Andrew’s high-risk skills enable the team to perform all works at multiple levels. Ensuring that Pete’s Painting Solutions is working safely to the Australian building standards.

Andrew has 6 years’ experience in the painting industry and a large amount of time working in height access. This makes Andrew uniquely qualified as he can perform both painting and access simultaneously. In Cairns, if you take just one look at the Reef Casino, Drew painted the whole exterior virtually single handedly.

Our team of painters
Our team consists of a crew of up 12 tradespeople. With many staff living locally, both male and female, we ensure that our skillset is adequate for every job. With many different areas of expertise across our team, we can perform all painting works to the best ability.

With a number of our painters having in excess of 20+ years’ experience, this gives us a very large combined total of years in the industry, meaning there is not much we have not seen or cannot get the appropriate skillset for.
We, as an organisation, highly recommend Pete’s Painting.
A great team of guys who do an outstanding job, always punctual and very competitive pricing.
Pete is very accommodating in getting the job finished in and meeting deadlines.

Rowena Case on behalf of
Access Community Housing


Looking after internal paintwork

Caution with newly painted areas
Cleaning of fresh paint film will damage the paint, and this may require repainting to restore the desired level of finish.

Avoid cleaning the paint finish until at least four weeks after application to ensure the paint has had sufficient time to fully cure.

Always test the cleaning method in an inconspicuous area to ensure the cleaning process you plan to use does not alter the finish of the paint.

Cleaning internal walls & ceilings
To maintain a freshly painted look on your internal walls or ceilings the trick is to clean them on a regular basis and to react quickly to serious stains.
  • Start with clean water on a rag or a nonabrasive sponge or paper towel and rub the stain gently.
  • Do not saturate the cloth as this could cause runs and streaking.
  • If that doesn't work, dip the rag or sponge into water mixed with a little dishwashing liquid, the milder the better.
  • If the stain persists, the next step would be to apply a few drops of detergent directly onto the wet sponge or cloth you're using. For more stubborn cases, you could apply a little detergent right onto the stain.
  • Do not vigorously scrub the surface nor use an abrasive or strong cleaning agent as you may damage the paint finish. These areas that have been scuffed up will attract dirt more readily and you will end up with a worse looking condition.
  • To achieve an even finish, dry the surface with one final wipe using a soft lint-free cloth.
Cleaning internal doors & trim
  • Use the same process as you would with internal walls and ceilings.

Looking after external paintwork

Contaminants, which settle on paint film, can attack the surface and cause premature coating breakdown. Regardless of the substrate type, all exterior painted surfaces will benefit greatly from an annual clean. Pay attention to areas that are not subject to regular rain exposure.

The procedures noted below will increase the life of the coating and maintain the aesthetic properties of the paint finish.

External walls, facades & associated items
  • Prepare a bucket of warm water mixed with a detergent.
  • For basic cleaning, apply with a soft-bristle cleaning brush or broom. For tough stains, use a nonabrasive nylon scrub pad.
  • Start at the top of the building, moving downwards to reduce streaking. Use a garden hose to rinse off each section before it dries.
  • To clean mould and mildew stains use a solution of 1-part bleach in 4 parts water. Rinse thoroughly while the painted surface is still wet. Remember to wear the appropriate safety equipment.
  • If you have a power washer use it at the lowest pressure possible. Use a wide spread fan tip and NEVER place the tip close to the wall surface. Remember, you can do serious damage to your exterior wall if improperly used.

Repairs to timberwork
Timber exhibits a high level of movement as it expands and contracts in hot and cold conditions. Certain types of timber are more prone to cracking. When cracks occur in timber, timely maintenance is essential as moisture readily enters the area causing blistering, mould and rotting. Rectification should be carried out by a suitably qualified professional applicator.

Repairs to steelwork
All traces of rust must be removed via mechanical means then spot primed and top coated. This should be carried out by a suitably qualified professional applicator.

Fire and safety precautions

  • Storage - paint should be stored in dry, shaded conditions away from heat and ignition sources.
  • Ventilation - the use of suitable ventilation during painting operations should be promoted.
  • Ignition - painting should only be undertaken when all naked lights and unprotected electrical equipment have been removed from the area.
  • Waste disposal - any waste should be dealt with in accordance with the relevant local requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does enamel paint turn yellow over time?
Oil-based paints contain alkyd resin which when exposed to oxygen over a long-period of time, yellows.
Are there environmentally friendly paints?
How do I know which finish to choose?
QBCC: 1319729
ABN: 95 606 479 289