How to Select the Best Painters in Solano CountyWhen it comes time to paint your home, you have a choice: You can paint it yourself, or you can hire a high-quality Solano County house painter. There are a number of professional painters who do everything from the prep work to the final coat in a fraction of the time it would take you. There are also some decorative painters who specialize in faux painting & faux finishes.
The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best painting companies in Solano County and issues related to hiring them.
Updated November 7, 2014
|KD Painting and Services Inc.|
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224 Grey Wolf Dr
Vacaville, CA 95688
State Contractor's License #821352
Areas Served: Solano County incl. Vacaville CA, Vallejo CA, Fairfield CA, Suisun City CA, Benicia ...
Services: painting company for residential painting, commercial painting, painting new ...
Key Brands: ICI Dulux Paints, ICI Paints, Kelly-Moore Paints, Sherwin-Williams Paint
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4316 Redwood Hwy # 200
San Rafael, CA 94903
State Contractors License #526659
Areas Served: Solano County incl. Fairfield CA, Suisun City, Vacaville CA, Vallejo CA, Benicia CA
Services: painting contractors for house painting / house repainting, commercial painters, ...
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Sherwin-Williams Paint
If the painting contractors have employees, they're required to carry workers' compensation insurance. If a worker is injured on your property and the contractor doesn't have this insurance, you could be liable to pay for their injuries and your homeowner's insurance may not cover those costs.
Painters in Solano County are not legally required to have liability insurance; however, all painting contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation have general liability insurance coverage which reimburses their customers in the event of any damages, in addition to passing all other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 such as our research phone calls to their previous clients, hiring only documented workers, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.
Things To Look For with Painters in Solano County
Preparation Work Should Be Done By The Painter
Preparing the surface that's to be painted (prep work) is critical because a poorly prepared surface won't hold paint properly no matter how good the paint is or how well it's applied. The best painting companies in Solano County will do thorough prep work. Preparing the surface can include pressure washing, possibly with a product that kills fungus and mildew, hand scraping surfaces, sanding, filling holes with caulk or epoxy filler, treating rusty nails, and removing wood rot. And prep work is labor time so the cheap painters in Solano County often promote cut-rate pricing because unknown to you, they're not preparing the surface like they should, and this can mean the paint begins to flake and chip within months, or comes off the next time your home or building is power washed.
Price quotes from painting companies in Solano County can differ and one reason might be the paint they're planning to use because paint costs can vary widely from $12 to $45 per gallon. And it's not just about the brand. Every brand, even the best ones, have starter grades that aren't meant to last as long. In fact, the starter grade of a high quality brand will not perform as well as a higher grade paint within a less expensive brand. These cheap paints can fade noticably in as little as a few months.
The best painting companies in Solano County will specify in writing the
3) Product number
Getting that information allows you to see why price quotes might differ. Also, some painting contractors water down the paint in order to use less of it. It's another way that cheap painters in Solano County can appear like a bargain when they really aren't. So make sure the written bid includes the number of gallons to be used, and if it seems low compared to someone else, be sure to ask why.
The type of paint to be used also influences price quotes. Flat finish paints may be water based, where semi-gloss can be oil-based or latex-based paints. Oil-based is considered more durable so the job will last longer but latex will hold its sheen better. If you have a preference, make sure the painting company has experience with it, since some new painters have never worked with oil-based paints. Many painting companies in Fairfield and Vallejo CA have experience working with organic paints, no-VOC and low-VOC paints (Volatile Organic Compounds). These options can cost a little more but some consumers prefer these paints as more environmentally friendly, or better for interior painting since they can have less of a smell with less off-gassing of chemical components. Other options include elastomeric paint, which boasts increased durability and flexibility, and water repellent finishes, which last longer in outdoor environments.
Many painting companies in Solano County use only brushes and rollers, insisting that this traditional method means a longer lasting paint job because the paint adheres to the surface more completely, and allows for better detail work. Other painting companies use airless sprayers, a modern method that can cut the time it takes to paint. Some painting contractors might use a combination, starting with airless sprayers and then going over it with brushes and rollers.
Experienced painters in Solano County will have seen different designs and color combinations over hundreds of previous painting jobs that they can share with you. They may also know what color combinations are among the latest trends in painting. Some painting companies in Solano County provide virtual computer color consultation so you can really see the potential result of your choices. These devices have virtually eliminated the guesswork involved in optimizing your new color scheme.
If you have custom colors done, ask the painting contractors to provide you with a custom color card with actual samples of the paint that was used as a record for the future, including what brand and the exact mix formula. Then if you need touch ups in the future, you'll know the exact match for your existing paint.
The owner of the painting company is a state-licensed painting contractor and may have years of industry experience, but what about the crew who will actually be doing the painting? The best painting companies use experienced, long-term employees and journeyman painters who know how to apply paint in a way that lasts for many years. Cheap painting companies often hire day laborers off the street with dubious levels of experience and whom the painting contractor doesn't even really know.
Faux Painting in Solano County (Including Faux Finishing / Decorative Painting in Solano County)
Faux painting or faux finishing are terms used for a wide variety of decorative painting techniques. Sometimes the intent is for the painted surface to look like some other material such as marble (faux marble) or wood grain (faux wood). Decorative painters in Solano County are also who to call if you're looking for muralists (mural painters). These faux painters in Solano County can paint scenic murals, or ones that create an optical illusion (trompe l'oeil) such as painting the illusion of three-dimensional depth on that flat wall or ceiling.
Some painting contractors do offer faux painting services or decorative painting services in addition to their house painting. A company that is decorative painting or faux finish painting only, need not be a licensed painting contractor. However, all decorative painters in Solano County recommended by The Prime Buyer's Report still needed to show our research staff proof of general liability insurance, and if they have employees, proof of worker's comp insurance as protection for you.
Faux painting is more than just faux finishes and decorative finishes. Decorative painters in Solano County can create texturing effects too. Sponge painting (or ‘sponging') is one commonly used method of adding texture to fresh paint.
The cost of faux finishing & decorative painters in Solano County varies greatly depending on the skill and experience of the faux painters, the type of faux finish desired and on the complexity of decorative painting effects. Many good decorative painters in Solano County will want to see the space to get decorative painting treatment, in order to give you a detailed estimate for the faux finishing or decorative painting you desire.
Some Painters in Solano County Are A Much Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these painters in Solano County CA: KD Painting and Services Inc., Ross Painting, Chris the Painter, A Nice Neat Painter, Taylor Bill Painting, Jeffco Painting & Coating Inc, Rich Lyons Painting, Ferreira Painting. Other painting contractors in Fairfield and Vallejo CA who might still be in business include: Pro-Tech Painting & Decorating, Todd Saylor Painting, Parthenon Painting, Award Painting, Capri Coating. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Painting Companies in Solano County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.
• How long have the painting contractors been house painters or commercial painters in Solano County?
• How many clients have the painting companies serviced in Solano County?
• Can the painting companies give you names and numbers you can call as references? (All painting contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)
• Do the painting companies have experience in the same kind of project as yours, such as residential painting versus commercial painting in Solano County, or interior painters versus exterior painting?
• What are their hours of availability?
• How do the painting contractors determine pricing for residential painting or commercial painting jobs?
• Can the painters vouch that all their employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All painting companies bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)
• Do the commercial or residential painting contractors in Solano County have active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All painting companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already shown proof of insurance to research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)
• Will the painting contractors provide written estimates and if so, will it detail the exact brand of paint, grade of paint within that brand, number of gallons to be applied, and number of coats to be applied, allowing you to make accurate comparisons among bids? For the same purpose, will it specify how many hours of prep work will be done, what tasks are included in that prep work, i.e. sanding, filling small holes, removing rot, etc.?
• Does the painting contractor provide written warranties for their labor beyond the 1 year warranty mandated by the state of California for C-33 licensed contractors?
• If the existing paint contains lead as is typical with paint applied many years ago, is the painting contractor EPA Lead Safe Certified for safe removal of the old paint and will they be following the required protocols to ensure your safety and avoid causing you legal liabilities from improper removal of lead paint?
• Does the painting contractor perform all phases of the work or do they hire subcontractors to finish the job?
• How long should it take the painting crews to complete the work?
• Are there any measures you should take before the painters show up (moving furniture, covering valuables, patching nail holes, etc.), or will the painting contractors provide such services?
• Do the licensed owner personally hire and train their painting crew?
• How and when do the painting contractors clean up the job site?
• Will you have access to your home while the painters are working?
• Will they provide a written contract and will it detail the amount of paint to be used, the brand, the grade, the product number, the number of coats, and the number of hours to be spent preparing the surface?
When you've selected the most suitable house painting or commercial painting contractor in Solano County, make sure they are still licensed in good standing with a C33 contractors license to perform your painting services. (All painting companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)
Licensing & Trade Organizations Related to Painting in Solano County
BBB Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.com)
CSLB Contractors State Licensing Board (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
Diamond Certified www.diamondcertified.org
FCA Finishing Contractors Association (www.finishingcontractors.org)
MPDA Master Painters and Decorators Association (www.mpda.net)
MPI Master Painters Institute (http://www.mpi.net/)
NAPP National Alliance of Professional Painters (www.thenapp.com)
NPCA National Paint and Coatings Association (www.paint.org)
PDCA Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (http://www.pdca.org/)
IDAL (International Decorative Artisans League) www.decorativeartisans.org
Painting and Decorating Media & Web Resources
The Faux Finisher Magazine
Painting and Wallcovering Magazine
Faux Effects World Magazine
The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Painting Contractors in Solano County within the following zip codes:
94590, 94534, 94589, 95625, 94571, 94592, 95620, 94512, 95696, 94585, 95687, 94535, 95688, 94510, 94591 and 94533
Painting Companies Benicia CA
All Area Painting Benicia CA 94510
Hobson Painting & Coatings Benicia CA 94510
William Blair Painting Benicia CA 94510
Painting Companies Dixon CA
Le Bleu's Painting Dixon CA 95620
Painting Companies Fairfield CA
Alfredo's Painting Fairfield CA 94533
Andy Sunrise Painting Fairfield CA 94534
Covenant Painters Fairfield CA 94534
David Downing Painting Fairfield CA 94533
Diamond Painting Fairfield CA 94534
Excellent Painting Fairfield CA 94533
Fox Painting Fairfield CA 94533
Green Valley Painting Fairfield CA 94534
Guzman's Painting Fairfield CA 94533
GVE & Assoc Fairfield CA 94534
J&M Enterprises Fairfield CA 94533
JDR Painting Fairfield CA 94534
Mike Flynn Painting Old & New Fairfield CA 94533
Painting Place Fairfield CA 94534
Randy's Painting Fairfield CA 94533
Think Ink Fairfield CA 94533
Painting Companies Rio Vista CA
Guzman Painting Rio Vista CA 94571
Hang It All Rio Vista CA 94571
Stringfellow Family Painting Rio Vista CA 94571
Painting Companies Suisun City CA
Affordable Painting Suisun City CA 94585
Durbrite Painting Suisun City CA 94585
Prism Suisun City CA 94585
Showcase Suisun City CA 94585
Painting Companies Vacaville CA
Anderson Painting Vacaville CA 95696
B Air Painting Vacaville CA 95687
Bedson Painting Vacaville CA 95687
Dennis McCann Painting Vacaville CA 95687
Fitzgerald Painting Vacaville CA 95687
Fox Painting Vacaville CA 95696
KD Painting and Services Inc. Vacaville CA 95688
L&L Finishes Vacaville CA 95687
Marc Parham Painting Vacaville CA 95687
Pacific Coast Painting Vacaville CA 95696
Paradise Painting Vacaville CA 95687
Parthenon Painting Vacaville CA 95687
Pro-Tech Painting Vacaville CA 95688
Todd Saylor Painting Vacaville CA 95688
Walldressers Vacaville CA 95687
Wright Way Painting Vacaville CA 95688
WWJD Painting Vacaville CA 95687
Painting Companies Vallejo CA
ABRASIVE Blasting & Coating Vallejo CA 94592
ARR Painting Vallejo CA 94589
Barenchi Painting Vallejo CA 94590
Bill Aton Painting Vallejo CA 94591
Bill Taylor Painting Vallejo CA 94590
Breeden Painting Vallejo CA 94590
Bushness Painting Vallejo CA 94591
CN Painting Vallejo CA 94590
Chris the Painter Vallejo CA 94590
Citywide Painting Vallejo CA 94590
Clark & Sons Painting Vallejo CA 94591
Color Tech Painting Vallejo CA 94591
Dekes Painting Vallejo CA 94589
Eagle Painting Vallejo CA 94590
Ferreira Painting Vallejo CA 94590
Harold Reed Painting Vallejo CA 94591
High Quality Painting Vallejo CA 94591
Jeffco Painting & Coating Vallejo CA 94592
Lomeli's Painting Vallejo CA 94589
Marcus G Thompson Painters Vallejo CA 94590
MAV Vallejo CA 94590
Paintboy Painting Vallejo CA 94591
Rich Lyons Painting Vallejo CA 94590
Rubio Painting Vallejo CA 94591
SS Triant Painting Vallejo CA 94590
Sinaloa Painting Vallejo CA 94590
TNT Painting Vallejo CA 94591