"Wet Painters" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick paint the inside of Mr. Krabs' house.



SpongeBob and Patrick are tearing the Krusty Krab down and getting themselves hurt because Squidward tricked them into thinking it would attract customers. Mr. Krabs figures this out and sentences the two to do a "super, special, secret assignment"--to paint the inside of his house. But Mr. Krabs tells them that the paint they are using is permanent. So if they get even the smallest drop on anything but the wall, he will cut off their rear ends and place them above his fireplace. As they go inside the house, SpongeBob sees that Mr. Krabs has so many possessions, and tells Patrick he decides to move them first. Patrick says that there is no need to move the things because they are not paid to move them.

Then they place a tarp, but it is just a small tarp, so they put down more tarps. SpongeBob takes out a huge brush but decides to use a tiny brush. SpongeBob takes it out, and then, six hours later, carefully paints a drop onto the wall, which begins dropping. SpongeBob, in a panic that it may get onto an item, blows on it to change direction, and blow dries it off the wall, only to have created a giant paint bubble. Patrick blows another giant bubble shortly after, and the two merge. SpongeBob assures that the bubble cannot get any bigger, but Patrick proves it can by inflating the bubble, causing it to pop, covering Mr. Krabs' whole house in paint, without getting a drop on anything... except on Mr. Krabs' first dollar.

SpongeBob tries wiping the stain off with his tie, but only ends up covering the entire dollar in paint.

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SpongeBob's and Patrick's butts being cut off and pasted on Mr. Krabs fireplace

Then they try a couple more things to get it off, including washing it in a washing machine, spraying it, using a saw, beating it up with a club and smashing it with a computer, but all fail. Then they decide to put another dollar on the wall. Patrick takes out a dollar from his wallet, but Patrick uses it to buy a chocolate bar from Mr. Krabs' candy machine instead.

At that moment, Mr. Krabs comes home, fo find to his house to find the lights turned off. He turns them on and sees his house is tidy, and no bubbles. SpongeBob and Patrick are about to leave, but Mr. Krabs panics, and they think Mr. Krabs finds out about the stained dollar. They apologize, but Mr. Krabs is just surprised that they dusted his knickknacks. He panics again, SpongeBob and Patrick apologize again, but he is surprised about the painted floor molding. He panics again because he finds out that they messed up with his dollar...rama. One of his dolls in the doll collection isn't upright. He says that they can go home now, but then bumps into a pile of paintings where his dollar usually went and moves away each one to find SpongeBob covering the dollar.

Mr. Krabs soon takes SpongeBob out of the way to find his first dollar stained by paint and drawn on by crayon (Patrick thinks Mr. Krabs will buy it). It seems Mr. Krabs is going to follow through with his threat and chop SpongeBob and Patrick's butts off. But then, Mr. Krabs licks the dollar, and the paint (including the crayon marking) comes off. The two are confused, and Mr. Krabs reveals the paint really comes off with saliva. SpongeBob concludes that Mr. Krabs lied about the paint being permanent so they would be extra careful, but Mr. Krabs said he tricked them just for fun, and laughs at his jest, causing SpongeBob and Patrick to storm out in disgust. Unfortunately, Mr. Krabs laughs so hard that he spits all over the place, causing all the paint to melt from the walls. He groans in disappointment as he realizes this and mutters to himself that he needs to learn how to "say it, not spray it."



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Keel Row - Brian Peters [title card]
  Suspense Snare - Nicolas Carr ["Two ordinary Krabby Patties..."]
  Superquick B - Daniel Jean Jeannin ["A one-way ticket to pain!"]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["What the devilfish is going on out here?"]
  The Main Event - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick assigned to paint Krabs' house]
  Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford ["This here paint is absolutely permanent."]
  Ta-Ra C - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [setting out the tarp]
  Idea Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Now that's what I'm talking about!"]
  Unease - Dick Stephen Walter [opening paint cans]
  On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz [Patrick hits paint can with ax]
  House of Horror - William Merrick Farran [SpongeBob and Patrick scream as the drop of paint goes out of the pot/SpongeBob tries to warn himself of being careful with the permanent paint/The paint starts going down the wall/Giant paint bubble]
  Love Harp Gliss - Nicolas Carr [pan across the room]
  House of Horror - William Merrick Farran [drop of paint on Krabs' dollar]
  Graveyard - Johnny Pearson ["We're dead, Patrick!"]
  Stepping Into Danger - Mike Sunderland ["And we got paint on it!"]
  Shock - Cornelus Joh Bolten [SpongeBob smears the paint with his tie]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob and Patrick's butts mounted on the wall]
  Secret Service - Syd Dale [trying to get the paint off]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hey, a dollar!"]
  The Beast Within - Paddy Kingsland [Patrick puts the dollar in a candy machine]
  Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob screams]
  Finders Creepers - Paddy Kingsland ["You both look like you got a dirty little secret."]
  Tales from the Swamp (c) - Ron Goodwin ["Flipping fish fossils! Look what you did!"]
  Finders Creepers - Paddy Kingsland ["You dusted all my knickknacks!"]
  Tales from the Swamp (c) - Ron Goodwin ["Great Barrier Reef! What's this?!"]
  Finders Creepers - Paddy Kingsland [floor molding]
  Tales from the Swamp (a) - Ron Goodwin ["Criminy jim jam! You messed up my dollar... rama!"]
  Steel Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh well, I guess no harm done."]
  Footsteps of Horror - William Merrick Farran [stack of paintings]
  Idea Sting - Nicolas Carr ["There we go, good as new."]
  Steel Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield ["But, but, but, but..."]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield ["This paint actually comes off with saliva."]
  Try On and On A - Hans Ehrlinger [ending]



  • "Wet Painters" was ranked #92 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.



  • Here is the order the paintings on the stack:
    • A clown with a teardrop
    • A car race with the red car winning
    • Some shapes that are similar to art made by Piet Mondrian
    • A banana
    • Burger Beard
    • SpongeBob hanging from the wall (not really a painting but rather SpongeBob shape-shifting to prevent Mr. Krabs from finding out)
  • Mr. Krabs is heard saying "You messed up my dollar," rather than his usual pirate-like "me."
  • This is the second episode where SpongeBob and Patrick are given the job to paint something by Mr. Krabs. The first is "Sailor Mouth."
  • One of the backgrounds Mr. Krabs is laughing in is a blank version of the title card of “Reef Blower.”
  • It is later revealed how Mr. Krabs got his first dollar in "Friend or Foe."
  • At one point, Mr. Krabs sings "Blow the Man Down," the sea shanty on which the "SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song" is based.
  • The way that SpongeBob says "Yeah" after blowing the steam with the hairdryer is the same way he says it in "MuscleBob BuffPants" and "Prehibernation Week."
  • In the storyboard version featured on the Sponge for Hire DVD, SpongeBob says, "I dedicate this crash to my best friend Squidward!"[1] This scene was cut in the final version.
  • This is C.H. Greenblatt's first episode as a storyboard director instead of a storyboard artist.
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"Hey, a dollar!"

  • The list of scenes in this episode have become popular memes across the media:
    • The scene where Patrick says "We have technology."
    • The scene where Patrick blows two giant paint bubbles.
    • The scene where the paint gets everywhere is very popular in YouTube Poops.
    • The scene when SpongeBob begins to scream when they ruined Mr. Krabs' first dollar.
      • This is also the third episode where SpongeBob makes a similar face. The first was "The Algae's Always Greener" and the second was "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve."
        • Coincidentally, the second episode was the episode before this one.
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Patrick holding a time card.

  • A pink version of Mr. Krabs and a yellow version of Pearl can be seen in one of the photos in Mr. Krabs' house.
  • Even though Patrick is not normally depicted with a nose, he has a nostril in this episode. He could also smell Junior's diaper previously in "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve."
  • This is the first episode to feature a normal computer. The computer featured has a CRT monitor.
  • After a long line of time cards, Patrick is shown holding the last one, breaking the fourth wall.
  • The "Two Hours Later" time card uses the same background as the "Two Hours Later" from "Sun Bleached" only slightly darker.
  • This episode and its sister episode were rated 13+ on Amazon Prime Video in August 2020.
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    "Two Hours Later" from "Wet Painters"

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    "Two Hours Later" from "Sun Bleached"

Cultural references

  • One of the pictures on the wall is very similar to the paintings of the 1920-1930s Dutch painter Piet Mondrian.
  • A picture of Popeye is visible among the pictures in Mr. Krabs' house.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick's butts being hung as plaques over the fireplace is similar to how the heads some animals, especially moose and stags, are hung as plaques over fireplaces.
    • In "Snowball Effect," Squidward owns a similar plaque over his fireplace. It is a replica of Squidward's head, but with moose antlers.


  • Due to an error, the 1998 Klasky Csupo logo from Nickelodeon's animated TV series Rugrats was seen instead of the normal logo on airings of the episode from 2002 to 2006. See the sister episode "Krusty Krab Training Video" for more information.
  • After SpongeBob rubs the dollar with his tie the second time, there is still some green on the dollar. In the next shot, it is completely covered with paint.
  • The paint gets smeared on both sides of the dollar.
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    SpongeBob's other tooth is missing

  • While SpongeBob and Patrick say "but" after the paint on the dollar is removed by saliva, SpongeBob's front teeth appears to be one rather than two.
  • When Patrick crashes into the wall at the Krusty Krab, the window on the wall in Mr. Krabs' office breaks off to reveal solid wall behind it, which does not make sense because the outside could be seen through the glass.
  • The door at Mr. Krabs' house switches left to right. When he advises SpongeBob and Patrick, he opens the door, but after, the handle switches to the right.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick try to wash the paint off of the dollar with the laundry machine, the wall is not painted. When they use a fan, the wall is painted. When SpongeBob uses a bat on Patrick, the wall is not painted again, and when Patrick smashes the dollar with the computer, the wall is painted again. The reason why the wall is not painted is because of that early shots animate before going outside.
  • When SpongeBob sprays Patrick with the hose, it looks more like water than sulfuric acid that is coming out. This is because while water looks blue, sulfuric acid looks to be more of a yellowish color.
  • When Mr. Krabs licks the saliva off of the dollar, the crayon drawing gets removed as well even though it is composed of different materials than the paint and thus should have stayed on.


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Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

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Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Music

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Donna Castricone, Nicholas R. Jennings, Alan Smart, Peter Burns, Doug Lawrence, Derek Drymon, Alex Gordon, Donna Grillo, Jennie Monica, Krandal Crews, Jim Leber, Justin Brinsfield, Tony Ostyn, Nicolas Carr (for "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"/"Pickles;" 2000)Nicolas Carr (for "Fools in April"/"Neptune's Spatula" in 2001; for "Jellyfish Hunter"/"The Fry Cook Games" in 2002; for "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video" in 2003; for "The Great Snail Race"/"Mid-Life Crustacean" in 2004) • Jimmy Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Paulette Lifton (for "Mid-Life Crustacean;" 2004)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Sound

Nominees: Nicolas Carr (for "Karate Choppers;" 2000) • Andrea Anderson, Jimmy Lifton, Monette Holderer, D.J. Lynch, Vincent Gutisetti, Jeff Hutchins and Gabriel Rosas (for "Rock Bottom"/"Arrgh!;" 2001)

Best Sound Editing in Television – Animation

Nominees: Timothy J. Borquez, Jeff Hutchins and Daisuke Sawa (for "The Secret Box"/"Band Geeks;" 2002)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Chris Gresham (for "Nasty Patty"/"Idiot Box;" 2012)

Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn, Chris Gresham and Paulette Lifton (for "Pranks a Lot"/"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler;" 2005) • Vincent Gutisetti, Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, Monique Reymond, D.J. Lynch, Mark Howlett, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum, Mishelle Smith and Paulette Lifton (for "Have You Seen This Snail?;" 2006)Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeHenge;" 2008)

Best Sound Editing: Television Animation

Nominees: : Chiho Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Daisuke Sawa, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Dan Cubert, Lawrence Reyes, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "Suction Cup Symphony;" 2009) • Chino Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Eric Freeman, Tom Syslo, Keith Dickens, Jason Stiff, Sergio Silva, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One;" 2010)

Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television

Nominees: Devon Bowman, Justin Brinsfield, Nicolas Carr, Andrea Anderson, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Eric Freeman, Tony Orozco and Danny Tchibinda (for "Gary's New Toy;" 2013) • Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Bobby Crew, Keith Dickens, Gabriel Rossas and Tony Orozco (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!;" 2013)

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