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How to Select the Best Painters in the San Fernando Valley

When it comes time to paint your home, you have a choice: You can paint it yourself, or you can hire a high-quality the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley and issues related to hiring them.

Updated December 5, 2013

 The TOP 10 Painting Companies in the San Fernando Valley CA

SW Custom Design Painting
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(800) 313-2474

State Contractor's License #764438
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10

Areas Served: LA County including the San Gabriel Valley
Services: interior painters, exterior painters, specialty finish painters, faux finishes, ...
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Dunn Edwards (Dunn-Edwards Paints), Sherwin-Williams Paint

Best Choice Painting Co
(818) 708-0211
4580 Martson Dr
Encino, CA 91316

Areas Served: San Fernando Valley, Burbank CA, Encino CA, Chatsworth CA, Calabasas CA, Van Nuys CA

A Allbright Inc Painting Co
(661) 294-1159
27903 Smyth Dr
Valencia, CA 91355

Areas Served: Santa Clarita Valley, Castaic, Santa Clarita CA, Sylmar CA, San Fernando Valley

Living Colors Inc
(818) 893-5068
16026 Rayen St
North Hills, CA 91343

Areas Served: Chatsworth CA, Studio City CA, Sherman Oaks CA, Burbank CA, Santa Clarita CA, Encino CA

J&B Painting Inc
(818) 865-2534
5200 Kanan Rd # 211
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Areas Served: San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks CA, Burbank CA, Van Nuys CA, Woodland Hills CA

Acme Painting & Wallcovering
(818) 845-5600
410 N Varney St
Burbank, CA 91502

Areas Served: Burbank CA, Studio City CA, Sherman Oaks CA, Van Nuys CA, Woodland Hills CA, Reseda CA

Prime Painting
(818) 895-0906
17033 Gledhill St
Northridge, CA 91325

Areas Served: North Hollywood CA, Burbank CA, Van Nuys CA, Studio City CA, Woodland Hills CA

CSL Painting Inc
(818) 772-9277
9601 Owensmouth Ave # 6
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Areas Served: Studio City CA, Sherman Oaks CA, Burbank CA, Encino CA, Woodland Hills CA, Sylmar CA

How to Select the Best Painters in the San Fernando Valley 

Licensed painting contractors in the San Fernando Valley are those with a C33 license from the state of California to do painting, including interior painting, exterior painting, residential painters, and commercial painters in the San Fernando Valley.   The C-33 license for painting companies is a legal requirement for all projects over $500 including labor and materials. The painting contractors must be licensed to be able to submit bids.  

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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley

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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley 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. 


Paint Quality
Price quotes from painting companies in the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley will specify in writing the
1) Brand
2) Grade
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 the San Fernando Valley 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 Burbank, Chatsworth, Reseda, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, Santa Clarita and San Fernando 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.


Paint Application
Many painting companies in the San Fernando Valley 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.   


Color consultation
Experienced painters in the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley 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. 

Labor
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 the San Fernando Valley (Including Faux Finishing / Decorative Painting in the San Fernando Valley)
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 the San Fernando Valley are also who to call if you're looking for muralists (mural painters). These faux painters in the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley Are A Much Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these painters in the San Fernando Valley CA: SW Custom Design Painting, Acme Painting & Wallcovering, Living Colors Inc, Prime Painting, A Allbright Inc Painting Co, Best Choice Painting Co, CSL Painting Inc, J&B Painting Inc, Jimenez Custom Painting. Other painting contractors in Burbank, Chatsworth, Reseda, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, Santa Clarita and San Fernando CA who might still be in business include: Sterndahl Enterprises, Minute Man Painting & Decorating. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Painting Companies in the San Fernando Valley? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

 

Questions To Ask Painters in the San Fernando Valley 

When it comes to interior and exterior painting by C33 licensed painting contractors in the San Fernando Valley, ask some questions about the abilities, experience, and credentials of the commercial painters or residential painters you're considering spending with.

• How long have the painting contractors been house painters or commercial painters in the San Fernando Valley?

• How many clients have the painting companies serviced in the San Fernando Valley?

• 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 the San Fernando Valley, 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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley, 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.)




 

 

Resources About Painting Companies in the San Fernando Valley 

Licensing & Trade Organizations Related to Painting in the San Fernando Valley
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 Magazine
PaintPRO Magazine
Painting and Wallcovering Magazine
Faux Effects World Magazine



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Painting Contractors in the San Fernando Valley within the following zip codes:

91505, 91608, 91329, 91356, 91384, 91340, 91609, 91601, 91387, 91344, 91367, 91413, 91383, 91311, 91352, 91404, 91405, 91501, 91503, 91306, 91507, 91337, 91409, 91411, 91523, 91354, 91335, 91396, 91401, 91341, 91614, 91510, 91605, 91390, 91345, 91606, 91346, 91392, 91426, 91381, 91618, 91313, 91603, 91395, 91506, 91402, 91040, 91393, 91371, 91408, 91386, 91610, 91350, 91522, 91615, 91322, 91331, 91406, 91372, 91343, 91304, 91412, 91334, 91607, 91310, 91357, 91307, 91612, 91342, 91382, 91380, 91436, 91499, 91353, 91504, 91325, 91394, 91604, 91316, 91410, 91326, 91407, 91508, 91351, 91423, 91324, 91365, 91611, 91502, 91521, 91321, 91327, 91403, 91416, 91482, 91526, 91330, 91364, 91385, 91616, 91470, 91328, 91303, 91495, 91496, 91333, 91617, 91602, 91308 and 91355

 


 

Painting Companies Agoura Hills CA

J & B Painting Inc Agoura Hills CA 91301
John McDonald Painting Agoura Hills CA 91301

 

 



Painting Companies Arleta CA

Crystal Painting Co Arleta CA 91331
J & R Professional Painting Arleta CA 91331
Voldin Painting Arleta CA 91331

 

Painting Companies Burbank CA

Abc Sonny Painting Co Burbank CA 91505
Acme Painting & Wallcovering Burbank CA 91502
Economos Painting Burbank CA 91506
Garcia Baltazar Painting Burbank CA 91505
Great Scott Painting Burbank CA 91504
Jesse's Painting Burbank CA 91510
Lou Lenz Painting Co Burbank CA 91506
Master Painting Burbank CA 91506
R M Elite Painting Co Burbank CA 91504

 

Painting Companies Calabasas CA

Casta Painting Calabasas CA 91302
In & Out Painting Co Calabasas CA 91372

 

 

 

Painting Companies Canoga Park CA

Avia Industries Inc Canoga Park CA 91303
D R Painter Canoga Park CA 91303
Galvin Paints & Ink Canoga Park CA 91303
Howard's Painting Canoga Park CA 91303
Kleoni Painting Canoga Park CA 91304
Martinez Brothers Painting Co Canoga Park CA 91304
Piana Painting Canoga Park CA 91304
Premier Industrial Painting Canoga Park CA 91304
Qualitex Canoga Park CA 91307
Riccardelli Painting Canoga Park CA 91304
Satin Touch Canoga Park CA 91303
Vrv Custom Painting Canoga Park CA 91304

 

 

 

 

 

 


Painting Companies Canyon Country CA

A-1 Painting Canyon Country CA 91351
Alpha Painting Canyon Country CA 91387
Brian Anderson Painting Canyon Country CA 91387
California Painting Canyon Country CA 91387
Dax Patterson Painting Canyon Country CA 91387
Extreme Painting Canyon Country CA 91387
L V Painting Canyon Country CA 91351
Mint Condition Painting Inc Canyon Country CA 91387
Smith & James Painting Contractor Canyon Country CA 91351

 

Painting Companies Castaic CA

Bill Zemba Painting Contractor Castaic CA 91384

 

Painting Companies Chatsworth CA

California Painting Chatsworth CA 91311
Csl Painting Inc Chatsworth CA 91311
D & D Painting Inc Chatsworth CA 91311
Hallelujah Painting Co Chatsworth CA 91311
Ham's Painting Chatsworth CA 91311
Jung Ho Chang Painting Co Chatsworth CA 91311
Kang's Painting Chatsworth CA 91311
Pacific Painting Chatsworth CA 91311
Turner Turner Painting Chatsworth CA 91311
Vans Painting Chatsworth CA 91311


Painting Companies Encino CA

Best Choice Painting Co Encino CA 91316
West Coast Paint Contracting Encino CA 91436


Painting Companies Granada Hills CA

Carpentieri Painting Granada Hills CA 91344
Harry's Painting Granada Hills CA 91344
Mr Exteriors Inc Granada Hills CA 91344
P J Cephas Corp Granada Hills CA 91344
Painters Granada Hills CA 91344
R & S Painting Plus Granada Hills CA 91344
S K Painting Granada Hills CA 91344
Western Painting Granada Hills CA 91344
Westwood Painting Granada Hills CA 91344

 

 

 

 

Painting Companies Mission Hills CA

A Grand Painting Inc Mission Hills CA 91345
P J Cephas Corp Mission Hills CA 91395

 

Painting Companies Newhall CA

America's Painting Co Newhall CA 91322


Painting Companies North Hills CA

Francisco Painting North Hills CA 91343
Living Colors Inc North Hills CA 91343
Tvc Painting Co North Hills CA 91343
Windsor Painting Co North Hills CA 91343


Painting Companies N Hollywood CA

Alex Painting North Hollywood CA 91606
Armando's Painting Service North Hollywood CA 91605
Bohn Co Paintng Contractors North Hollywood CA 91606
Colorfast Waterproofing North Hollywood CA 91601
Constantine Painting North Hollywood CA 91606
Continental Painting Service North Hollywood CA 91605
Elizabeth St Painters North Hollywood CA 91606
Entarte Kunst Inc North Hollywood CA 91605
HS Enameling Co North Hollywood CA 91605
Jax Painting North Hollywood CA 91606
Master Custom Painting Inc North Hollywood CA 91605
Neat Painter Co North Hollywood CA 91605
Pinetree Painting Co North Hollywood CA 91605
Veromege Painting North Hollywood CA 91601

 

Painting Companies Northridge CA

Abraham Painting Northridge CA 91326
Art's Painting Northridge CA 91326
Cam Painting Inc Northridge CA 91324
David's Painting Northridge CA 91324
De Jeronimo Painting Co Northridge CA 91324
Express Painting Northridge CA 91324
Finner & Son Painting Northridge CA 91326
Gus Fauci Painting Northridge CA 91324
Juon Painting Northridge CA 91325
Minute Man Painting Northridge CA 91325
Omega Painting Co Inc Northridge CA 91327
Paul's Custom Painting Northridge CA 91325
Prime Painting Northridge CA 91325
Rainbow Painter Co Northridge CA 91325
Sonia Mendoza Northridge CA 91324
Web's Painting Co Northridge CA 91324

 

Painting Companies Pacoima CA

Superior Painting Pacoima CA 91331

 

Painting Companies Porter Ranch CA

C H House Painting Porter Ranch CA 91326
Golden West Painting Porter Ranch CA 91326


Painting Companies Reseda CA

Juon Painting Reseda CA 91337
Maser The Painter Reseda CA 91335
Premium Painting & Wallcovering Reseda CA 91335
World Painting Reseda CA 91335

 

Painting Companies San Fernando CA

J P Rodriguez Inc San Fernando CA 91340
Oscar's Painting San Fernando CA 91340
Pim Painting San Fernando CA 91340

 

Painting Companies Santa Clarita CA

Alpha Painting Santa Clarita CA 91390
B & G Painting Santa Clarita CA 91390
C & M Painters Inc Santa Clarita CA 91387
Creative Faux Murals Santa Clarita CA 91350
John Campos Pro Painting Santa Clarita CA 91350
L L Kent Inc Santa Clarita CA 91355
Master Painters Santa Clarita CA 91355
Randall Reese Painting Santa Clarita CA 91351

 

Painting Companies Saugus CA

Swihart Painting Saugus CA 91350

 

Painting Companies Sherman Oaks CA

Brandon Brooks Painting Co Sherman Oaks CA 91423
Cliff Jones Painting Co Sherman Oaks CA 91423
Color Magic Painting Co Sherman Oaks CA 91403
Painter & Stainer Sherman Oaks CA 91401


Painting Companies Studio City CA

Painting Contractor Studio City CA 91604

 

Painting Companies Sun Valley CA

B K Painting Contractor Sun Valley CA 91352
Bill Suplee The Pink Painter Sun Valley CA 91352
Innovative Paint & Wall Coverings Sun Valley CA 91352
Juan Ramirez Painting Sun Valley CA 91352
Sterndahl Enterprises Sun Valley CA 91352
Yoo's Painting Sun Valley CA 91352

 

 

 

Painting Companies Sunland CA

Ferris Painting Sunland CA 91040
Peterson Painting Sunland CA 91040

 

 

 

 

Painting Companies Sylmar CA

Allways Painting Sylmar CA 91342
Basich Painting Inc Sylmar CA 91342
Ellis Custom Painting Sylmar CA 91342
John's Painting Sylmar CA 91342
Marias Pro Painting Sylmar CA 91342
Modern Decor Painting Sylmar CA 91342
Union Bay Painting Sylmar CA 91342

 

Painting Companies Tarzana CA

Clock Work Painters Tarzana CA 91356
United Painting Tarzana CA 91356

 

 

 

 

Painting Companies Topanga CA

Hurst Painting Co Topanga CA 90290

 

Painting Companies Tujunga CA

Applied Painting Tujunga CA 91042
Foothill Painting Co Tujunga CA 91042
McCutcheon Painting & Refinishing Tujunga CA 91042

 

 

Painting Companies Valencia CA

A Allbright Inc Painting Co Valencia CA 91355
Gdk Painting Inc Valencia CA 91354
Mazzeo Painting Co Valencia CA 91355
Spray Tech Valencia CA 91355


Painting Companies Valley Village CA

Color Tech Painting Valley Village CA 91607

 

Painting Companies Van Nuys CA

Aluriel Inc Van Nuys CA 91406
Amaya Painting Van Nuys CA 91406
Blue Line Painting Van Nuys CA 91401
Cohen Edar Van Nuys CA 91406
D C Painting Van Nuys CA 91401
Gilberto Ruiz Painting Van Nuys CA 91405
Jimenez Custom Painting Van Nuys CA 91411
Jms Painting Van Nuys CA 91406
L Jackson Co Van Nuys CA 91406
Last Touch Up Inc Van Nuys CA 91406
Legit Painting Inc Van Nuys CA 91405
Lucero's Painting Van Nuys CA 91406
Nova Refurbishing Contractors Van Nuys CA 91401
Olympic Painting Co Van Nuys CA 91406
P T Painting Van Nuys CA 91405
Pacific Painting Van Nuys CA 91406
Painting La Inc Van Nuys CA 91405
Shapiro-Ben Basat Van Nuys CA 91406
Sunrise Contractors Van Nuys CA 91408
Teocal Painting Van Nuys CA 91406
Tony's Painting Van Nuys CA 91401
Valley Painting Service Van Nuys CA 91411

 

Painting Companies West Hills CA

Architects In Painting West Hills CA 91307
Kic Paint West Hills CA 91304
Kleoni Custom Painting West Hills CA 91307

 

Painting Companies Winnetka CA

Hico Winnetka CA 91306

 

Painting Companies Woodland Hills CA

Ace Painting Woodland Hills CA 91364
Creative Painting Techniques Woodland Hills CA 91367
Fix Painting Woodland Hills CA 91364
Kleoni Painting Woodland Hills CA 91364