How to Select the Best Painters in Contra Costa CountyWhen it comes time to paint your home, you have a choice: You can paint it yourself, or you can hire a high-quality Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa County and issues related to hiring them.
Updated May 16, 2013
Top 10 Painting Companies in Contra Costa County
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21 Woodland Drive
Alamo, CA 94507
State Contractor's License #928243
Areas Served: East Bay & Contra Costa County incl Alamo CA, Danville CA, San Ramon CA, Blackhawk ...
Services: decorative painters for faux finishes, decorative finishes, murals, residential & ...
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Sherman-Williams Paint, Vero Italian Plasters, Faux Effects, ...
|KD Painting and Services Inc.|
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224 Grey Wolf Dr
Vacaville, CA 95688
State Contractor's License #821352
Areas Served: Bay Area & Contra Costa County incl. Walnut Creek CA, Concord CA, San Ramon CA, ...
Services: painting company for residential painting, commercial painting, painting new ...
Key Brands: ICI Dulux Paints, Kelly-Moore Paints, Sherwin-Williams Paint
|J&J's Final Coat Painting, Inc.|
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30 Kay Ct
Oakley, CA 94561
State Contractors License #630408
Areas Served: Contra Costa & Bay Area incl. Walnut Creek CA, San Ramon, Danville CA, Blackhawk, ...
Services: house painters & residential painting contractors for interior house painting, ...
Key Brands: Kelly Moore, Benjamin Moore, Frazee
|Pacific Coast Painting and Waterproofing Co., Inc.|
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(650) 355-7780, (650) 270-6260 (cell)
1745 Adrian Rd
Burlingame, CA 94010
State Contractors License #434682, EPA Lead license #20001
Areas Served: Contra Costa incl. San Ramon CA, Danville CA, Concord CA, Walnut Creek CA, Lafayette ...
Services: painting contractors & house painters, residential painters, commercial painters, ...
Key Brands: Kelly-Moore, Benjamin Moore, Pratt & Lambert, Fuller O'Brien, Dunn Edwards, Sherwin-...
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(510) 636-9997, (510) 917-4647
1533 142nd Ave
San Leandro, CA 94578
State Contractor's License #584808
Areas Served: East Bay including Contra Costa County
Services: painting company for interior & exterior painting for homes, apartments, condos, ...
Key Brands: Behr Paints, Kelly Moore Paints
|Johnny George Painting and Decorating|
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5168 Brookside Lane
Concord, CA 94521
State Contractor's License #587846
Areas Served: Contra Costa County incl. Concord CA, Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, ...
Services: residential painting, commercial painting, interior painting, exterior painting,
Key Brands: Benjamin Moore Paints, Dunn Edwards Paints, ICI Dulux, Sherwin-Williams, Kelly-Moore ...
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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, San Ramon and Richmond 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa County (Including Faux Finishing / Decorative Painting in Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa County are also who to call if you're looking for muralists (mural painters). These faux painters in Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa County: KD Painting and Services Inc., Creative Walls, J&J's Final Coat Painting, Inc., Pacific Coast Painting and Waterproofing Co., Inc., Gene's Painting, Johnny George Painting and Decorating. Other painting companies that might still serve Contra Costa County include: .
• How long have the painting contractors been house painters or commercial painters in Contra Costa County?
• How many clients have the painting companies serviced in Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa 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 and Wallcovering Magazine
Faux Effects World Magazine
The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Painting Contractors in Contra Costa County within the following zip codes:
94506, 94507, 94509, 94511, 94513, 94514, 94516, 94517, 94518, 94519, 94520, 94521, 94522, 94523, 94524, 94525, 94526, 94527, 94528, 94530, 94531, 94547, 94548, 94549, 94553, 94556, 94561, 94563, 94564, 94565, 94569, 94570, 94572, 94575, 94582, 94583, 94595, 94596, 94597, 94598, 94801, 94802, 94803, 94804, 94805, 94806, 94807, 94808, 94820 and 94850
Painting Companies Antioch CA
Brasier Otis Painting Antioch CA 94531
Cross Painting Antioch CA 94509
Delta Concept Painting Antioch CA 94509
Last Coat Painting Antioch CA 94509
Luciano's Painting Antioch CA 94509
Myers Painting Antioch CA 94531
Premier Painting Antioch CA 94509
Spectrum Painting Antioch CA 94531
Tassell Painting Antioch CA 94509
Winchester Painting Antioch CA 94509
Winn's Painting Antioch CA 94509
Painting Companies Bay Point CA
Celestial Painting Bay Point CA 94565
Coastal Painting Bay Point CA 94565
Concord Painting Bay Point CA 94565
Mingus Painting Bay Point CA 94565
Painting Companies Brentwood CA
Absolute Painting Brentwood CA 94513-1980
Ace Painting Brentwood CA 94513
Alpha-Omega Quality Painting Brentwood CA 94513
B Wood Cabinet Painting Brentwood CA 94513
B Woodmore Painting Brentwood CA 94513
CVP Brentwood CA 94513
D K Designs Brentwood CA 94513
Diablo Delta Painting Brentwood CA 94513
L&G Painting Brentwood CA 94513
RC Quality Painting Brentwood CA 94513
RJ Sweeney's Custom Painting Brentwood CA 94513
Roland & Son Painting Brentwood CA 94513
Walt's Quality Painting Brentwood CA 94513
Painting Companies Clayton CA
Lonnie Rice Painting Clayton CA 94517
Painting Companies Concord CA
All Surface Painting Concord CA 94520
Aqua Graphics Concord CA 94518
Brendan Painting Concord CA 94521-1322
Brian Kelley Painting Concord CA 94518
Bundy & Son Painting Concord CA 94519
Burke Painting Concord CA 94521
California Custom Painting Concord CA 94521
Certified Coatings of California Concord CA 94518
CKY Concord CA 94520
Contra Costa Painting Concord CA 94518
Copa Painting Concord CA 94519
D&L Painting Concord CA 94519
Dan Magee & Co Painting Concord CA 94520
Dan Smith & Co Painting Concord CA 94520
Davidson Painting Concord CA 94520
Diablo Paintcraft Concord CA 94518
Diablo Valley Painting Concord CA 94518
J Darden Painting Concord CA 94520
Jack E Bellamy Painting Concord CA 94522
Joe Santos Painting Concord CA 94519
Johnny George Painting Concord CA 94518
JRL Painting Concord CA 94521
Kim's Painting Concord CA 94518
Luevano's Painting Concord CA 94518
Magic Painting Concord CA 94518
Martin Painting Concord CA 94520
Middleton Painting Concord CA 94521
New Look Painting Concord CA 94521
O'Brien Painting Concord CA 94527
Olympic Painting Concord CA 94521
Painless Painting Concord CA 94522
Paintmasters Concord CA 94522
RAF Painting Concord CA 94521
Rosy Miles Murals & Faux Concord CA 94520
S&K Nellis Painting Concord CA 94521
Silver Painting & Sandblasting Concord CA 94518
Steve Youse Painting Concord CA 94521
Tony Vellos Paint Concord CA 94519
United Painting Concord CA 94520
Wegat & Co Concord CA 94522
Painting Companies Crockett CA
De Murillos Painting Crockett CA 94525
Painting Companies Danville CA
Danville Painting Danville CA 94526
Tri-Valley Painting Danville CA 94526
United Painting Danville CA 94506
Painting Companies Discovery Bay CA
California Commercial Painting Discovery Bay CA 94505
James Nevels Painting Discovery Bay CA 94505
Moorad Painting Discovery Bay CA 94505
TRM Painting Discovery Bay CA 94505
Painting Companies El Cerrito CA
Gate View Painting El Cerrito CA 94530
O'Brien Painted to Last El Cerrito CA 94530
Painting Companies El Sobrante CA
Benavides Painting El Sobrante CA 94803
Integrity Painting El Sobrante CA 94803
Jay Olson Painting El Sobrante CA 94803
JRP Painting El Sobrante CA 94803
McCloskey Painting El Sobrante CA 94820
REAL Painting El Sobrante CA 94803
Staz Painting El Sobrante CA 94803
Tama Painting El Sobrante CA 94803
Painting Companies Hercules CA
Egan Painting Hercules CA 94547
Jackie Thorn Painting Hercules CA 94547
Rom's Painting Hercules CA 94547
Painting Companies Lafayette CA
All-Ways Painting Lafayette CA 94549
B A Neilson & Co Lafayette CA 94549
Bruce Bostwick Painting Lafayette CA 94549
Conrad Painting Lafayette CA 94549
Penniman Painting Lafayette CA 94549
Perfect Painting Lafayette CA 94549
Painting Companies Martinez CA
3rd Generation Painting Martinez CA 94553
40 Grit Painting Martinez CA 94553
A & B Appliance Painting Martinez CA 94553
Blackhawk Painting Martinez CA 94553
Clancy's Precision Painting Martinez CA 94553
Dan Knoblock Painting Martinez CA 94553
Environmental Abrasive Blasting Martinez CA 94553
Fontan Painting Martinez CA 94553
Fulton Painting Martinez CA 94553
J C Painting Martinez CA 94553
Molina's Painting & Wall Covering Martinez CA 94553
Norried's Painting Martinez CA 94553
Northgate Painting Martinez CA 94553
Pacific Coast Painting Martinez CA 94553
Prime Time Painting Martinez CA 94553
Richard Caulfield Painting Martinez CA 94553
Sgambati Painting Martinez CA 94553
Transformations Painting Martinez CA 94553
Woodliff Painting Martinez CA 94553
Painting Companies Moraga CA
T&T Painting Moraga CA 94556
Zeidan Painting Moraga CA 94556
Painting Companies Oakley CA
Arlie Walker & Sons Painting Oakley CA 94561
H&R Painting Oakley CA 94561
J&J's Final Coat Painting Oakley CA 94561
Painting Companies Pacheco CA
A & B Appliance Painting Pacheco CA 94553
Charlie Rowe Painting Pacheco CA 94553
Custom Decorators Pacheco CA 94553
Nolen & Son Painting Pacheco CA 94553
Skyline Painting Pacheco CA 94553
Spectrum Painting Pacheco CA 94553
Painting Companies Pinole CA
All Star Painting Pinole CA 94564
CNC Painting Pinole CA 94564
D Vida Painting Pinole CA 94564
Nor-Cal Painting Pinole CA 94564
Painting Companies Pittsburg CA
Barraco Painting Pittsburg CA 94565
G&E Painting Pittsburg CA 94565
Larry's Painting Pittsburg CA 94565
Orta & Sons Painting Pittsburg CA 94565
Redwood Painting Pittsburg CA 94565
Shaw Painting Pittsburg CA 94565
Wolfe Painting Pittsburg CA 94565
Painting Companies Pleasant Hill CA
California Colors Painting Pleasant Hill CA 94523
Cote & Son Painting Pleasant Hill CA 94523
Decor Painting Pleasant Hill CA 94523
DP Coatings Pleasant Hill CA
Fawn Painting Pleasant Hill CA 94523
Payless Painting Pleasant Hill CA 94523
Thomas Mulliken Painting Pleasant Hill CA 94523
Painting Companies Richmond CA
Alberto's Painting Richmond CA 94805
Bassing Painting Richmond CA 94804
Delima Service Richmond CA 94804
Fresh Coat Richmond CA 94804
Gray's Painting Richmond CA 94804
Linsy Painting Richmond CA 94801
Meister Painting Richmond CA 94804
Monticelli Painting Richmond CA 94804
Perfection Painting Richmond CA 94805
Painting Companies Rodeo CA
Sunrise Painters Rodeo CA 94572
Painting Companies San Pablo CA
Arlington Painting San Pablo CA 94806
Chavez Crew Painting San Pablo CA 94806
Javier's Painting San Pablo CA 94806
M F Sanchez Painting San Pablo CA 94806
Painting Companies San Ramon CA
Amaral Painting San Ramon CA 94583
Bay Cal Painting San Ramon CA 94583
Jacoby Painting San Ramon CA 94583
Yong's Painting San Ramon CA 94582
Painting Companies Walnut Creek CAAbroder Painting Walnut Creek CA 94597
Allpro Services Walnut Creek CA 94596
Bay Cal Painting Walnut Creek CA 94597
Color Coatings Painting Walnut Creek CA 94597
Double Quality Walnut Creek CA 94597
Elegant Painting Walnut Creek CA 94596
George Irving Painting Walnut Creek CA 94596
ICC Inc Walnut Creek CA 94596
James Benney Painting Walnut Creek CA 94596
Kenneth Wainola Quality Painting Walnut Creek CA 94595
Pacific Bay Painting Walnut Creek CA 94596
Paint Craft Associates Walnut Creek CA 94596
Paint Perfect Walnut Creek CA 94597
PaintCru, Inc. Walnut Creek CA 94598
Pied Piper Designs Walnut Creek CA 94597
Pro Coat Painting Walnut Creek CA 94598
Robert's Painting Walnut Creek CA 94596
Robertson Renovations Walnut Creek CA 94598
Top of the Ladder Painting Walnut Creek CA 94598
Varsity Painting Walnut Creek CA 94595