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

Updated October 15, 2014

 The TOP 10 Painting Companies in Ventura County CA

Web's Painting Company
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(818) 727-1242
18543 Devonshire St #224
Northridge, CA 91324
State License #532177 (C33)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10

Areas Served: So Cal incl. Ventura County
Services: painting contractors, house painters, commercial painters, interior painters, ...
Key Brands: Behr Paints, Benjamin Moore Paints, Dunn Edwards (Dunn-Edwards Paints), ICI Dulux ...

SW Custom Design Painting
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(800) 313-2474

State License #764438 (C33)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10

Areas Served: Southern California including Ventura County
Services: interior painters, exterior painters, specialty finish painters, faux finishes, ...
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Dunn Edwards (Dunn-Edwards Paints), Sherwin-Williams Paint

Albaeck Painting Co
(805) 480-9441
2639 Lavery Ct #7
Newbury Park, CA 91320

Areas Served: Ventura County, Thousand Oaks CA, Oxnard CA, Ventura CA, Simi Valley CA, Ojai CA

AC Painting
(805) 384-1855
428 College Dr
Ventura, CA 93003

Areas Served: Ventura CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Oxnard CA, Simi Valley CA, Ojai CA, Camarillo CA

Encore Painting
(805) 492-3100
2219 E Thousand Oaks Blvd #444
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Areas Served: Simi Valley CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Oxnard CA, Ventura CA, Ventura County CA

Select Painting Inc
(805) 522-2259
4680 E Los Angeles Ave # L
Simi Valley, CA 93063

Areas Served: Thousand Oaks CA, Oxnard CA, Ventura CA, Simi Valley CA, Camarillo CA, Santa Paula CA

How to Select the Best Painters in Ventura County 

Licensed painting contractors in Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura County (Including Faux Finishing / Decorative Painting in Ventura 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 Ventura County are also who to call if you're looking for muralists (mural painters). These faux painters in Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura County Are A Much Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these painters in Ventura County CA: Web's Painting Company, SW Custom Design Painting, Albaeck Painting Co, Select Painting Inc, Encore Painting, AC Painting, Randy Wood Inc, Premier Painting, D&J Painting. Other painting contractors in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA who might still be in business include: .




Questions To Ask Painters in Ventura County 

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

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

Licensing & Trade Organizations Related to Painting in Ventura County
BBB Better Business Bureau (
CSLB Contractors State Licensing Board (
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (
FCA Finishing Contractors Association (
MPDA Master Painters and Decorators Association (
MPI Master Painters Institute (
NAPP National Alliance of Professional Painters (
NPCA National Paint and Coatings Association (
PDCA Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (
IDAL (International Decorative Artisans League)

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 Ventura County within the following zip codes:

91361, 93016, 93015, 93094, 93032, 93062, 93064, 93033, 93023, 93004, 93020, 91319, 93001, 93061, 91359, 93063, 93066, 93042, 93041, 93036, 91362, 93034, 93005, 93044, 91320, 93010, 93030, 93060, 93035, 93024, 93043, 91358, 93011, 93031, 93003, 93022, 93065, 93002, 93021, 93007, 91360, 93012, 93099, 93009, 93006 and 93040


Painting Companies Camarillo CA

Chuck's Custom Painting Camarillo CA 93012
Hopkins Painting Camarillo CA 93010
Pat Ramirez Painting Co Camarillo CA 93010

Painting Companies Fillmore CA

Chendos Painting Fillmore CA 93015
Jack Stethem Painting Fillmore CA 93015


Painting Companies Newbury Park CA

Albaeck Painting Co Newbury Park CA 91320
All Coast Painting Newbury Park CA 91320
Castle Painting Co Newbury Park CA 91320
Complete Painting Co Newbury Park CA 91320
D & J Painting Newbury Park CA 91320
Gilberto Ruiz Painting Newbury Park CA 91320
Pennock's Painting Newbury Park CA 91320
William Selinski Co Newbury Park CA 91320


Painting Companies Oak View CA

Randy Lewis Painting Oak View CA 93022


Painting Companies Ojai CA

California Custom Painting Ojai CA 93023
De Moor's Painting Inc Ojai CA 93023
Dee Fitzgerald Painting Ojai CA 93023
Scott Titus Painting Ojai CA 93023


Painting Companies Oxnard CA

A & D Service Systems Oxnard CA 93035
Coastal Painting Oxnard CA 93030
Cota's Painting Oxnard CA 93030
Custom Industrial Finishes Oxnard CA 93033
Dave Powers Painting Oxnard CA 93035
Don Hubbs Painting Oxnard CA 93035
Gold Coast Painting Oxnard CA 93030
Hernandez Painting Oxnard CA 93033
Holiday Painting Oxnard CA 93036
Preferred Painting Oxnard CA 93036
Vanguard Painting Inc Oxnard CA 93030


Painting Companies Piru CA

Creative Services Refinishing Piru CA 93040

Painting Companies Santa Paula CA

A & G Auto Painter Santa Paula CA 93060
C & I Painting Santa Paula CA 93060
Dyer Painting Service Santa Paula CA 93060
McNelly Painting Santa Paula CA 93060
Rainwater Painting Santa Paula CA 93061


Painting Companies Simi Valley CA

A R Allen Painting Simi Valley CA 93065
Aaaey Ralph's Painting Simi Valley CA 93065
All About Paint Simi Valley CA 93065
Brandon Banaga & Associates Paint Simi Valley CA 93063
Champion Painting Simi Valley CA 93063
Cliff Bitner Painting Simi Valley CA 93065
Decorative Painting Simi Valley CA 93063
Garcia Painting Simi Valley CA 93063
In Style Painting Simi Valley CA 93065
Preferred Painters Simi Valley CA 93063
R & D Painting Simi Valley CA 93065
Select Painting Inc Simi Valley CA 93063
Vogel's Painting Simi Valley CA 93063

Painting Companies Thousand Oaks CA

Cory Risvold Painting Thousand Oaks CA 91360
Encore Painting Thousand Oaks CA 91362
Premier Painting Thousand Oaks CA 91362
Ryan's Custom Work Thousand Oaks CA 91362
Scott Mineo Paint & Wallcovering Thousand Oaks CA 91362
Steve Johnson Painting Thousand Oaks CA 91362
Superior Painting Thousand Oaks CA 91362
Universal Painting Thousand Oaks CA 91362


Painting Companies Ventura CA

A C Painting Ventura CA 93003
Austin's Painting Ventura CA 93003
B & R Painting Ventura CA 93001
Blair Forrest D Painting Ventura CA 93002
C & R West Coast Service Ventura CA 93004
Chilcutt Painting Ventura CA 93003
Dennis Quality Painting Ventura CA 93004
Doug Buehler Painting Ventura CA 93004
Euro Kelas International Inc Ventura CA 93001
Ken's Custom Painting Ventura CA 93004
Lawrence Coating Ventura CA 93003
Navarro Painting Ventura CA 93003
Randy Wood Inc Ventura CA 93003
Rangel Painting Ventura CA 93004
Superior Painting Co Ventura CA 93001
Termar Inc Ventura CA 93003
Valley Painting Ventura CA 93001