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How to Select the Best Painters in Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma County and issues related to hiring them.

Updated April 27, 2015

 The TOP 10 Painting Companies in Sonoma 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 NARI (National Association of The Remodeling Industry) PDCA (Painting & Decorating Contractors of America) EPA Lead Safe Certified

Areas Served: Sonoma County incl. Santa Rosa CA, Petaluma CA, Healdsburg, Sebastopol CA, Rohnert ...
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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(707) 544-2244
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: Sonoma CA, Healdsburg, Penngrove, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Santa Rosa CA, ...
Services: High-end residential and commercial painting specialists
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Dunn Edwards (Dunn-Edwards Paints), Kelly-Moore Paints, Rust-...

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: Sonoma County incl. Santa Rosa CA, Healdsburg CA, Petaluma CA, Sebastopol CA, ...
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: Sonoma County including Santa Rosa, CA, Petaluma, Sonoma, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, ...
Services: Painting contractors, residential and commercial painting, industrial painting, ...
Key Brands: Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing, GAF ELK Garage Door Systems, United Coatings

Baggenstos & Associates Inc.
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(707) 576-7774
1814 Empire Industrial Ct # B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
State Contractor's License #726833
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 PDCA (Painting & Decorating Contractors of America) PDCC (Painting & Decorating Contractors of California) NCBE (North Coast Builders Exchange)

Areas Served: Sonoma County incl. Santa Rosa CA, Sonoma CA, Sebastopol CA, Healdsburg CA,Windsor, ...
Services: residential painters, house painters, commercial painters. Painting company for ...
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Cabot Wood Stain, Dunn Edwards (Dunn-Edwards Paints), Kelly-...

Integrity Construction Maintenance, Inc
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(707) 829-5300, Fax: (707) 829-5505
3531 Gravenstein Hwy South
Sebastopol, CA 95472
State Contractors License #846187
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau Chamber of Commerce-Santa Rosa NCBE (North Coast Builders Exchange) EPA Lead Safe Certified

Areas Served: Bay Area & Sonoma County incl. Santa Rosa CA, Petaluma CA, Healdsburg CA, Sonoma CA, ...
Services: painting contractors, exterior painters, interior painters

Dewmak Painting & Decorative Finishes
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(415) 212-8060
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 & Sonoma County incl. Santa Rosa CA, Sonoma CA, Sebastopol CA, Healdsburg ...
Services: residential & commercial painting, computerized color rendering of your property for ...
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Kelly-Moore Paints, Sherwin-Williams Paint

How to Select the Best Painters in Sonoma County 

Licensed painting contractors in Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Santa Rosa 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma County (Including Faux Finishing / Decorative Painting in Sonoma 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 Sonoma County are also who to call if you're looking for muralists (mural painters). These faux painters in Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma County Are A Much Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these painters in Sonoma County CA: Ross Painting, MoonDance Painting, Keech Painting Contractors Inc., Joe Moore Painting & Roofing, Baggenstos & Associates Inc., Integrity Construction Maintenance, Inc, Dewmak Painting & Decorative Finishes, California Custom Painting, Advantage Painting. Other painting contractors in Sonoma, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Santa Rosa CA who might still be in business include: Cutting Edge Painting, Saundra Farnsworth Decorative Painter, Patterson Painting, JDM Painting & Striping, Northen Painting, Quality Wall Covering, Mastertouch Painting Co. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Painting Companies in Sonoma County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

 

Questions To Ask Painters in Sonoma County 

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

• How many clients have the painting companies serviced in Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma County 

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

95430, 95433, 95476, 95404, 95419, 95471, 94955, 95473, 95444, 95487, 95412, 95465, 94922, 95446, 95403, 94952, 94931, 94953, 95409, 95407, 94923, 95486, 95450, 95416, 95408, 95492, 95472, 94972, 95425, 94975, 95462, 94928, 95452, 95402, 94954, 95406, 95497, 95448, 94999, 95439, 94927, 95421, 95442, 95431, 95436, 95480, 95441, 95401, 95405 and 94951

 


Painting Companies Cloverdale CA

Baumunks Custom Painting Cloverdale CA 95425

 

Painting Companies Cotati CA

Cal State Painting Cotati CA 94931
Dietlin Painting Cotati CA 94931
Paint It Black Painting Cotati CA 94931

 

Painting Companies Forestville CA

JM & Sons Painting Forestville CA 95436
Wine Country Painters Forestville CA 95436

 

Painting Companies Fulton CA

Oliver Designs Painting Fulton CA 95439

 

Painting Companies Geyserville CA

Black Eyed Dog Painting Geyserville CA 95441

 

Painting Companies Glen Ellen CA

King Painting Glen Ellen CA 95442

 

Painting Companies Graton CA

Fantasy Finishes Graton CA 95444

 

Painting Companies Guerneville CA

Jeff Patton Painting Guerneville CA 95446

 

Painting Companies Healdsburg CA

Action Painting Healdsburg CA 95448
Geoff Ellsworth Painting Healdsburg CA 95448
JDM Painting & Striping Healdsburg CA 95448
Jeff Swanson Painting Healdsburg CA 95448
Mark F Woolfolk Painting Contractor Healdsburg CA 95448
Northern Painting Healdsburg CA 95448
Saundra Farnsworth Decorative Painter Healdsburg CA 95448

 

Painting Companies Kenwood CA

Stroke & Kote Painting Kenwood CA 95452

 

Painting Companies Occidental CA

Coy Brown Painting Occidental CA 95465

 

Painting Companies Penngrove CA

De Carli & Jones Painting Penngrove CA 94951
Mayfield Painting Penngrove CA 94951

 

Painting Companies Petaluma CA

Abbot Painting Petaluma CA 94952
Angeli Painting Petaluma CA 94953
Armored Coatings Petaluma CA 94952
Brians & Thompson Painting Petaluma CA 94955
Brilliant Strokes Petaluma CA 94952
Color Coatings Petaluma CA 94954
Damion Mantle Painting Petaluma CA 94954
GS Painting Petaluma CA 94954
Gary Brady Painting Petaluma CA 94954
Gugel & Today Painting Petaluma CA 94952
Hawk Painting Petaluma CA 94952
Jacobs Painting Petaluma CA 94952
Koreen Brothers Petaluma CA 94955
Larry Ballard Design Petaluma CA 94975
Painting By Dustin O'Brien Petaluma CA 94952
Painting By George Petaluma CA 94952
Picture Perfect Painting Petaluma CA 94952
Prestige Finishes Petaluma CA 94954
Primo Paintin Petaluma CA 94954
Rick Marsh Painting Petaluma CA 94953
Roberts Traditional Painting Petaluma CA 94955
Schusters Roost Painting Petaluma CA 94952
Spurgeon Painting Petaluma CA 94953
Tony's Custom Truck Painting Petaluma CA 94954
William Decker & Co Petaluma CA 94952

 

Painting Companies Rohnert Park CA

Advantage Painting Rohnert Park CA 94928
Allen's Painting Rohnert Park CA 94927
Fresh Coat Painting Rohnert Park CA 94927
Imler & Son Painting Rohnert Park CA 94928
JA Rodriguez Painting Rohnert Park CA 94928
Jeffcoat Painting Rohnert Park CA 94928
John Visser Painting Rohnert Park CA 94928
McComas Painting Rohnert Park CA 94928
Total Image Painting Rohnert Park CA 94928
Winters Painting Rohnert Park CA 94928

 

Painting Companies Santa Rosa CA

AB Painting Santa Rosa CA 95405
A C Burns Painting Santa Rosa CA 95402
A-1 Top Quality Painting Santa Rosa CA 95404
Allied Painting Santa Rosa CA 95403
Baggenstos & Associates Inc. Santa Rosa CA 95403
Bar-Ton Painting Santa Rosa CA 95405
Bay Area Custom Painting Santa Rosa CA 95401
Benson Painting Santa Rosa CA 95404
Boucher's Painting Santa Rosa CA 95405
Brush of Elegance Santa Rosa CA 95401
Coastal Painting Santa Rosa CA 95404
Complete Spectrum Painting Santa Rosa CA 95401
Cotterill Custom Painting Santa Rosa CA 95405
Darling & Associates Painting Santa Rosa CA 95404
DBS Painting Santa Rosa CA 95403
Duba Quality Painting Santa Rosa CA 95403
DV Pro Painting Incorp Santa Rosa CA 95403
EGI Painting Santa Rosa CA 95403
Empire Painting Santa Rosa CA 95403
Finishing Touch Santa Rosa CA 95403
Foreign Legion Painting Santa Rosa CA 95402
Gaddie Painting Santa Rosa CA 95409
Galus Painting Santa Rosa CA 95405
Heinze Painting Santa Rosa CA 95403
Hermsmeyer Painting Company Inc. Santa Rosa CA 95403
High Standard Painting Santa Rosa CA 95407
Holden Co Santa Rosa CA 95404
Jeff Getty Painting Santa Rosa CA 95403
Jim Gromo Painting Santa Rosa CA 95401
Keech Brothers Painting Contractors Santa Rosa CA 95402
Mastertouch Painting Santa Rosa CA 95401
Michael Malvino Painting Santa Rosa CA 95409
Modern Painting Santa Rosa CA 95404
New Creation Paint Works Santa Rosa CA 95405
North Coast Painting Santa Rosa CA 95407
Page Painting Santa Rosa CA 95405
Painting By Day Santa Rosa CA 95406
Paintworx Santa Rosa CA 95404
Paul Akimoff Painting Santa Rosa CA 95405
Paul Farley Painting Santa Rosa CA 95402
Pellegrini's Platinum Painting Santa Rosa CA 95405
Quality Painters Santa Rosa CA 95402
Quality Wall Covering Santa Rosa CA 95405
RV Color & Beyond Santa Rosa CA 95404
Rafael Painting Santa Rosa CA 95407
Rawson Painting Santa Rosa CA 95405
Redwood Empire Painting Santa Rosa CA 95407
Rigo's Quality Painting Santa Rosa CA 95407
Rocco Painting Santa Rosa CA 95405
Solidarity Painting Santa Rosa CA 95403
Stephen Sallee Painting Santa Rosa CA 95409
Suncoast Painting Santa Rosa CA 95407
Timmins Painting Santa Rosa CA 95404
Tony's Painting Santa Rosa CA 95404
WB Rathke Painting Santa Rosa CA 95407

 

Painting Companies Sebastopol CA

Bryan Varnadore Painting Sebastopol CA 95472
Color Solutions Sebastopol CA 95472
Cutting Edge Painting Sebastopol CA 95472
Hug's Painting Sebastopol CA 95472
Live Oak Painting Sebastopol CA 95472
North Coast Painting Sebastopol CA 95472
O'Brien Painting of Marin Sebastopol CA 95472
Reliance Painting Sebastopol CA 95473
Spediacci Inc Sebastopol CA 95472
Susan Cristler Painting Sebastopol CA 95472

 

Painting Companies Sonoma CA

Don McGillis Enterprises Sonoma CA 95476
Horn's Hues Sonoma CA 95476
Patterson Painting Sonoma CA 95476
Stephen Kardum Painting Sonoma CA 95476
Stout Painting Sonoma CA 95476

 

Painting Companies Vineburg CA

Harvey Whitehill Painting Vineburg CA 95487

 

Painting Companies Windsor CA

California Custom Painting Windsor CA 95492
DBS Painting Windsor CA 95492
Horn & Horn Painting Windsor CA 95492
Joe Moore Painting Windsor CA 95492
Right One Painting Windsor CA 95492