How to Select the Best Painters in San Bernardino CountyWhen it comes time to paint your home, you have a choice: You can paint it yourself, or you can hire a high-quality San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino County and issues related to hiring them.
Updated April 29, 2013
Top 10 Painting Companies in San Bernardino County
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779 North Reservoir St
Pomona, CA 91767
State Contractor's License #935566
Areas Served: San Bernardino County
Services: painting company for interior & exterior painting, residential & commercial
Key Brands: Dunn Edwards, Sherman Williams
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(909) 886-7118, (951) 288-4713
5620 Argyle Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92404
State Contractor's License #346224
Areas Served: Inland Empire & San Bernardino County incl. San Bernardino CA, 29 Palms, Adelanto, ...
Services: painting company for interior & exterior painting, residential & commercial
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Dunn Edwards Paints, Sherwin Williams Paints
|Asbury's Painting Contractors|
13748 Iroquois Pl #B
Chino, CA 91710
Areas Served: Fontana CA, Rancho Cucamonga CA, Highland CA, San Bernardino CA, Ontario CA
|First Quality Painting|
13933 Sycamore Way
Chino, CA 91710
Areas Served: San Bernardino CA, Ontario CA, Rancho Cucamonga CA, Fontana CA, Yucaipa CA
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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 Chino, Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino County (Including Faux Finishing / Decorative Painting in San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino County are also who to call if you're looking for muralists (mural painters). These faux painters in San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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.
Not All Painters in San Bernardino County Are Equal
Our editors and researchers have compiled a list of local painters who are known for both quality and fair prices. The Prime Buyer's Report lists these painters in San Bernardino County: Midwest Painting, Ron Smith Painting, Asbury's Painting Contractors, First Quality Painting, Gordon Painting Co Inc, Eagle Painting, Ram-Mar Painting Inc, Advanced Exterior Service, Stafford Quality Painting Inc. Other painting companies that might still serve San Bernardino County include: .
• How long have the painting contractors been house painters or commercial painters in San Bernardino County?
• How many clients have the painting companies serviced in San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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)
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 San Bernardino County within the following zip codes:
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Painting Companies Alta Loma CA
All Phases Painting Alta Loma CA 91701
Deaton Painting Alta Loma CA 91701
Eagle Painting Alta Loma CA 91737
First Choice Painting Alta Loma CA 91701
Kim & Kim Painting Alta Loma CA 91701
Muehlich Painting Inc Alta Loma CA 91701
Tom Sargent Painting Alta Loma CA 91701
Painting Companies Apple Valley CA
Bennett Painting Co Apple Valley CA 92307
Landry's Painting Apple Valley CA 92308
Landstar Apple Valley CA 92308
Painter Apple Valley CA 92307
Schaffer Painting Apple Valley CA 92307
Painting Companies Big Bear City CA
Bear Valley Painting Big Bear City CA 92314
R J Critelli Painting Big Bear City CA 92314
Superior Painters Big Bear City CA 92314
Painting Companies Big Bear Lake CA
Chuck's Painting Big Bear Lake CA 92315
Painting Companies Bloomington CA
Tuckers Services Bloomington CA 92316
Painting Companies Blue Jay CA
Martin Raynes Painting Contractor Blue Jay CA 92317
Painting Companies Chino CA
Aesthetic Arts Chino CA 91710
Ampco Painting Co Chino CA 91710
Asbury's Painting Contractors Chino CA 91710
First Quality Painting Chino CA 91710
Gordon Painting Co Inc Chino CA 91710
House Services By George Chino CA 91710
J F Mfg Chino CA 91710
K D & Son Painting Chino CA 91710
L D's Painting Chino CA 91710
M C Builders Chino CA 91710
Solutions Interiors Chino CA 91710
Tri-J Industries Chino CA 91710
Painting Companies Chino Hills CA
Alamo Painting Chino Hills CA 91709
Arc Coating Chino Hills CA 91709
Best Of Best Enterprise Chino Hills CA 91709
H S Painting Chino Hills CA 91709
Hoya Painting Co Chino Hills CA 91709
Kelly Painting Service Co Chino Hills CA 91709
Paek's Painting Chino Hills CA 91709
Park's Painting Chino Hills CA 91709
Prolite Painting Service Chino Hills CA 91709
Steve John's Painting Chino Hills CA 91709
Painting Companies Colton CA
Armor Coat Painting Colton CA 92324
Montclare Painting Colton CA 92324
Pyramid Painting Colton CA 92324
Rdm Painting Co Colton CA 92324
Painting Companies Crestline CA
Ross & Ross Painting Crestline CA 92325
Painting Companies Etiwanda CA
Arnold Fields Painting Etiwanda CA 91739
Born To Paint Etiwanda CA 91739
Painting Companies Fontana CA
Alameda Painting Co Inc Fontana CA 92335
Brothers Fleet Painting Fontana CA 92335
Brushmasters Fontana CA 92336
Cap Painting & Contracting Fontana CA 92336
Custom Effects Fontana CA 92336
Dmw Coatings Group Inc Fontana CA 92335
G & G Indl Painting Fontana CA 92335
J V Painting Fontana CA 92335
P 2 Painting Co Fontana CA 92337
Rudy's Painting Fontana CA 92336
Smile Painting Fontana CA 92336
Painting Companies Grand Terrace CA
Precision Painting Grand Terrace CA 92313
Spectrum Painting Grand Terrace CA 92313
Painting Companies Hesperia CA
Albertsons Painting Hesperia CA 92345
Erp Painting Hesperia CA 92345
Fresh Paint Painting Hesperia CA 92345
Larry C Gee Painting Hesperia CA 92345
Luke's Christian Painting Hesperia CA 92345
Painting World Hesperia CA 92345
Ram-Mar Painting Inc Hesperia CA 92345
World Of Colors Hesperia CA 92345
Painting Companies Highland CA
Absolute Custom Painting Highland CA 92346
Arreguin Painting Highland CA 92346
Gary Wood Professional Paint Highland CA 92346
J & K Painting Highland CA 92346
R H Tullis & Son Highland CA 92346
Tierra Sur Highland CA 92346
Painting Companies Joshua Tree CA
Pacific Painting Joshua Tree CA 92252
Painting Companies Lake Arrowhead CA
Accent Painting Lake Arrowhead CA 92352
Mark's Mountain Painting Lake Arrowhead CA 92352
Painting Companies Loma Linda CA
Polo's Painting Service Inc Loma Linda CA 92354
Richmont Painting Corp Loma Linda CA 92354
Painting Companies Montclair CA
B & J Painting Montclair CA 91763
Ccm Solutions Inc Montclair CA 91763
Painting Companies Oak Hills CA
A1 Quality Painting Oak Hills CA 92344
Advance Painting Oak Hills CA 92344
Painting Companies Ontario CA
Advanced Exterior Service Ontario CA 91762
Bostic Painting Ontario CA 91764
California Painting Co Ontario CA 91761
Choice Painting Co Ontario CA 91762
Diego's Painting Ontario CA 91764
Five Star Painting Ontario CA 91761
G & M Powder Coating Ontario CA 91762
Giant Painting Ontario CA 91761
Green's Industrial Painting Ontario CA 91764
Jpi Painting Co Ontario CA 91764
Miguel's Painting Ontario CA 91762
Vertex Coatings Inc Ontario CA 91762
Painting Companies Pioneertown CA
Mesa Painting Pioneertown CA 92268
Painting Companies Rancho Cucamonga CA
Aaa Seven Star Painting Co Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730
All Phases Painting Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730
American Coatings Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730
Bill Waddell Painting Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730
C G Paint & Wallcovering Contractor Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730
California Painting Rancho Cucamonga CA 91739
Chris Painting Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730
Davidson Painting Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730
General Coatings Corp Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730
Phillip Ortiz Rancho Cucamonga CA 91729
Ray-Mac Painting Rancho Cucamonga CA 91701
Tgard Painting Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730
Painting Companies Redlands CA
Anderson's Painting Redlands CA 92374
Dunnrite Painting Redlands CA 92373
Ed Guttery Painting Redlands CA 92374
Impact Painting Redlands CA 92374
Riley's Paint Redlands CA 92373
Vic's Painting Redlands CA 92374
Warners New Wave Painting Redlands CA 92374
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All Star Painting Rialto CA 92377
Izzy Painting Rialto CA 92376
Painting Companies San Bernardino CA
Angies Painting San Bernardino CA 92407
Antonio Garcia Painting Co San Bernardino CA 92407
Best Painting San Bernardino CA 92408
Dave's Premium Painting San Bernardino CA 92405
Hilman Paint San Bernardino CA 92408
Luis Lemoine Painting & Stucco San Bernardino CA 92410
Premier Home Painting San Bernardino CA 92411
Premier Painting & Faux Finish San Bernardino CA 92404
Triple E Painting San Bernardino CA 92407
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All Ways Painting Upland CA 91786
Angels Painting Upland CA 91784
C H Painting Upland CA 91784
Collins Painting Upland CA 91786
Collins Painting Co Upland CA 91786
Don's Painting Upland CA 91786
Dunek's Paint Upland CA 91786
M C Coatings Upland CA 91786
Metro Painting Upland CA 91786
Peter The Painter Upland CA 91786
Proworx Painting Upland CA 91786
Titus Painting Co Upland CA 91786
Treasure Painting Upland CA 91784
Painting Companies Victorville CA
American Heritage Painting Victorville CA 92392
Earls Paint Victorville CA 92394
Proworx Painting Victorville CA 92395
Trinity Painting Victorville CA 92392
Painting Companies Yucaipa CA
De Witt Painting Yucaipa CA 92399
Jerry's Painting Yucaipa CA 92399
Novak Painting Corp Yucaipa CA 92399
Stafford Quality Painting Inc Yucaipa CA 92399
Painting Companies Yucca Valley CA
Dominic's Custom House Painting Yucca Valley CA 92284