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How to Select the Best Painters in Marin County

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

Updated September 20, 2014

 The TOP 10 Painting Companies in Marin County CA

Ross Painting
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(415) 455-0766
4316 Redwood Hwy # 200
San Rafael, CA 94903
State Contractors License #526659
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified NARI (National Association of The Remodeling Industry) PDCA (Painting & Decorating Contractors of America) EPA Lead Safe Certified

Areas Served: Marin County incl. Novato, San Rafael, Sausalito, Corte Madera, Ross CA, Tiburon, ...
Services: painting contractors for house painting / house repainting, commercial painters, ...
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Sherwin-Williams Paint

Keech Painting Contractors Inc.
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(415) 331-6047
PO Box 483
Windsor, CA 95492
State Contractors License #675879
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified  Better Business Bureau NCBE (North Coast Builders Exchange)

Areas Served: Bay Area including Marin County
Services: High-end residential and commercial painting specialists
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Dunn Edwards (Dunn-Edwards Paints), Kelly-Moore Paints, Rust-...

Dewmak Painting & Decorative Finishes
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(415) 457-4611
PO Box 1831
San Anselmo, CA 94979
State Contractor's License #506236
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau PDCA (Painting & Decorating Contractors of America) EPA Lead Safe Certified

Areas Served: North Bay including Marin County
Services: residential & commercial painting, computerized color rendering of your property for ...
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Kelly-Moore Paints, Sherwin-Williams Paint

A-1 Top Quality Painting
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(415) 310-9655
5006 Grange Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
C33 License #811784
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified  Better Business Bureau Chamber of Commerce-Santa Rosa NCBE (North Coast Builders Exchange) EPA Lead Safe Certified

Areas Served: North Bay & Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Sausalito CA, Novato CA
Services: Santa Rosa painting contractors for interior painting, exterior painting, faux ...
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Dunn Edwards (Dunn-Edwards Paints), Kelly-Moore Paints, ...

MoonDance Painting
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(888) 977-2468, (925) 383-4537
4333 Doolittle Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
State Contractor's License #854966
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau Green Business EPA Lead Safe Certified

Areas Served: North Bay incl. Marin County
Services: Painters specializing in low & no-VOC paints and environmentally friendly painting ...
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Dunn Edwards (Dunn-Edwards Paints), Kelly-Moore Paints

Joe Moore Painting & Roofing
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(707) 837-0620, (707) 494-4920
PO Box 2235
Windsor, CA 95492
State Contractors License #780163
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified

Areas Served: Marin & Bay Area incl. San Rafael, Sausalito, Corte Madera, San Anselmo, Novato, ...
Services: Painting contractors, residential and commercial painting, industrial painting, ...
Key Brands: Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing, GAF ELK Garage Door Systems, United Coatings

How to Select the Best Painters in Marin County 

Licensed painting contractors in Marin County 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 Marin County.   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 Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin 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. 


Paint Quality
Price quotes from painting companies in Marin 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 Marin County 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 Marin 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 Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael 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 Marin 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.   


Color consultation
Experienced painters in Marin 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 Marin 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. 

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 Marin County (Including Faux Finishing / Decorative Painting in Marin 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 Marin County are also who to call if you're looking for muralists (mural painters). These faux painters in Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin County Are A Much Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these painters in Marin County CA: Ross Painting, Keech Painting Contractors Inc., Dewmak Painting & Decorative Finishes, A-1 Top Quality Painting, MoonDance Painting, Joe Moore Painting & Roofing, Pacific Coast Painting and Waterproofing Co., Inc., San Francisco Renaissance Painting. Other painting contractors in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA who might still be in business include: Michael Anderson Painting, Coronado Painting, Urban Bros Painting, Jerry & Sons Painting & Decorating, Inc., James Costello & Co., Kunst Bros Painting Contractors, Louis a Toulon Painting and Decorating. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Painting Companies in Marin County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

 

Questions To Ask Painters in Marin County 

When it comes to interior and exterior painting by C33 licensed painting contractors in Marin County, 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 Marin County?

• How many clients have the painting companies serviced in Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin 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 Marin 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.)




 

 

Resources About Painting Companies in Marin County 

Licensing & Trade Organizations Related to Painting in Marin 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 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 Marin County within the following zip codes:

94945, 94971, 94965, 94946, 94925, 94957, 94938, 94941, 94915, 94977, 94964, 94970, 94942, 94924, 94960, 94914, 94913, 94978, 94949, 94939, 94973, 94933, 94956, 94976, 94912, 94901, 94930, 94904, 94979, 94948, 94940, 94966, 94903, 94963, 94937, 94920, 94947, 94929, 94974 and 94950


 

Painting Companies Corte Madera CA

Anderson Painting Corte Madera CA 94925
Dennis Burns Painting Corte Madera CA 94925
Marin Wood Restoration & Painting Corte Madera CA 94925
One of A Kind Corte Madera CA 94925
Silver Painting Corte Madera CA 94925
Steve Hoffmire Painting Corte Madera CA 94925

 

Painting Companies Fairfax CA

Custom Painting Fairfax CA 94930
Grant Painting Fairfax CA 94930
John Molloy Painting Fairfax CA 94930
Steve's Painting Fairfax CA 94930

 

Painting Companies Greenbrae CA

TLC Painting Greenbrae CA 94904
Togneri Painting Greenbrae CA 94904

 

Painting Companies Larkspur CA

James Costello & Co Larkspur CA 94977

 

Painting Companies Mill Valley CA

Bay Heritage Painting Mill Valley CA 94941
Chelsey Painting Mill Valley CA 94941
Gary Head & Partners Painting Mill Valley CA 94941
Hamill Painting Mill Valley CA 94941
Local Color Painting Mill Valley CA 94941
Londoner Painting Mill Valley CA 94941
McCarthy Painting Mill Valley CA 94941
Phillips Painting Mill Valley CA 94941
Q P Enterprises Mill Valley CA 94942
San Francisco Renaissance Painting Mill Valley CA 94941
Sunrise Painting Mill Valley CA 94941

 

Painting Companies Novato CA

Alpha Painting Novato CA 94947
Anello Painting Novato CA 94948
Anello Painting Novato CA 94948
Biazar Enterprises Novato CA 94947
Brescia Stone Painting Novato CA 94948
Gary Migale Painting Contractor Novato CA 94948
JR Thompson Painting Novato CA 94949
Jeff De Leon Painting Novato CA 94947
Jeff De Leon Painting Novato CA 94949
Karl Denk Painting Novato CA 94949
Kerrigan Painting Novato CA 94945
Luca's Painting Novato CA 94947
Mikkelsen Painting Novato CA 94949
North Bay Painting Novato CA 94949
Perpetual Motion Painting Novato CA 94949
Rafael Painting Novato CA 94947
Rice Custom Painting Novato CA 94947
Spray Works Novato CA 94949
Steve Hammel Painting Novato CA 94945
TM Painting Novato CA 94947
True Colors Painting Novato CA 94947

 

Painting Companies San Anselmo CA

A Ball-W Scott Ball Painting San Anselmo CA 94960
Bob Desmond Painting San Anselmo CA 94960
Charles R Kunst Painting San Anselmo CA 94960
Color-Design Group San Anselmo CA 94960
Cuthbertson Painting San Anselmo CA 94960
Gold Coast Painting San Anselmo CA 94960
King Painting San Anselmo CA 94960
Milks Painters San Anselmo CA 94979


Painting Companies San Rafael CA

Accent Painting Michael Crane San Rafael CA 94901
Alonso Zambrano Painting San Rafael CA 94912
Ariel's Painting San Rafael CA 94903
Bob Kunst Painting San Rafael CA 94903
Boeck Painting San Rafael CA 94903
Caledonia Painting San Rafael CA 94903
Certa Pro Painters San Rafael CA 94903
Color By Design San Rafael CA 94901
Coronado Painting San Rafael CA 94901
De Gregory Painting & Color San Rafael CA 94901
Decorative Artist San Rafael CA 94903
Edco Painting San Rafael CA 94903
Ed's Painting San Rafael CA 94903
Fine Line Painting San Rafael CA 94901
Gaidano & Sons San Rafael CA 94901
In-Faux San Rafael CA 94901
Irwin Painting San Rafael CA 94901
Jerry Thompson & Sons Painting San Rafael CA 94901
John Seidler Painting San Rafael CA 94901
Klobas Painting San Rafael CA 94901
Kunst Bros Painting San Rafael CA 94901
Legacy Painting San Rafael CA 94901
Liberty Painting San Rafael CA 94903
Louis A Toulon Painting San Rafael CA 94901
McCarthy Painting San Rafael CA 94901
Meric Painting San Rafael CA 94901
Meyer Painting San Rafael CA 94901
Michel the Painter San Rafael CA 94903
On-Site Painting San Rafael CA 94912
Pac West Painting San Rafael CA 94901
Paul Benson Painting Inc San Rafael CA 94901
Ross Painting San Rafael CA 94903
Stroke & Kote San Rafael CA 94901
Ultimate Choice San Rafael CA 94903
Urban Brothers Painting San Rafael CA 94901
Zoran Painting San Rafael CA 94901

 

Painting Companies Woodacre CA

Vision Painting Woodacre CA 94973