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(877) 312-1325

Serving San Mateo County

Services include Exterior & Interior, Free Color Consultations & Estimates, Residential & Commercial. Brands include Benjamin Moore, Dunn-Edwards, Kelly- Moore, Sherwin-Williams.
License 881317 | DCID6503129196
(650) 924-1976

Serving all of San Mateo County including Menlo Park, Daly City, San Mateo, Foster City, Redwood City, S San Francisco, San Bruno and Hillsborough

Services include Interior & Exterior Painting, Popcorn Removal, Texturing & Re-Texturing, wallpaper removal. Brands include Armstrong, Benjamin Moore, Dunn-Edwards, Kelly-Moore, Sherwin-Williams, Storm System.
License 665774 | DCID4082467744
(650) 648-3925

Serving the Peninsula and San Francisco

Services include . Brands include .
License 642086 | DCID6505833902
(650) 397-2119
(408) 990-3662

Serving the South Bay, Santa Cruz and the Peninsula including San Mateo, Belmont, Palo Alto, Los Altos, San Jose and Mountain View.

Services include painting, staining, wood finishes and removal and application. Brands includes Behr, Benjamin Moore and Cabot...
License 565446 | DCID4089790555
(650) 924-2960

Serving the South Bay and East Bay

Services include . Brands include Benjamin Moore, Dunn-Edwards, Kelly-Moore, Rust-Oleum, Sherwin-Williams.
License 711537 | DCID6509653692

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Why Trust Diamond Certified Painting Contractors Rated Highest in Quality?

Photo: CertaPro Painters of the Peninsula (2012)

You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a painting contractor that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified painting company. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated painting contractor and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you'll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

How to Choose
How to Find Good Painting Contractors in San Mateo County
Photo: Paul Demosthenes Painting and Decorating Inc. (2012)

A new coat of paint can make your home look like new inside and out. But anyone can claim to be a painter, so you need to know you’re hiring painting professionals who can give you the results and customer service that add up to good value.

But most homeowners don’t know where to start when they need a good painter. That’s because even if the color samples and the initial paint job look great, you still want to be sure the painting contractor you hire has the skill and experience to make your new house paint last.
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A new coat of paint can make your home look like new inside and out. But anyone can claim to be a painter, so you need to know you’re hiring painting professionals who can give you the results and customer service that add up to good value.

But most homeowners don’t know where to start when they need a good painter. That’s because even if the color samples and the initial paint job look great, you still want to be sure the painting contractor you hire has the skill and experience to make your new house paint last.

Making an educated choice will save you time, money and frustration. So how do you start your search?

That’s where research comes in. It’s the key to finding the best painting contractors in San Mateo County, including those in the larger cities of Redwood City, Daly City, San Mateo, South San Francisco and San Bruno, as well as all the smaller towns and Pacifica, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Foster City and Burlingame.

Learn About Interior Painting and Exterior Painting in San Mateo
Painting may appear to be a simple task at first glance, but interior painting isn’t the same as exterior painting, and you need to find a good painter who really knows how to do the job right. The preparation, painting materials and application methods are different; and not every painter offers excellence in all areas. By knowing what you’re looking for, you’ll be better equipped to choose the right painting contractor for you and your job.

Exterior Painting
Exterior paint is made to be durable so it can stand up to weather and the fading effects of the sun. It also must remain flexible when dry so it’s able to defend against peeling and cracking caused by temperature changes. Some exterior paints are formulated to include mildew preventers, fungus resistant additives, and UV resistant coatings so they last longer and look better than traditional exterior paints.

Good contractors in Daly City, San Bruno, South San Francisco, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, San Mateo and all of San Mateo County will carefully prepare all surfaces before applying new paint. Quality preparation generally includes pressure washing exterior surfaces and scraping loose and flaking paint. Cracks and seams should be caulked and sanded to even out the surface. Drop cloths should also be used to protect permanent plants, decorations, flower beds, retaining walls or paved surfaces around the exterior of the home.

Interior Painting
Interior paints come in a wider variety of colors, sheens and finishes than exterior paints. They also tend to be stain resistant and washable to allow for washing. Many interior paints also come in low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) and no-VOC formulas that are safer for indoor use.

Good painting contractors in San Mateo County will take extra steps to protect interior surfaces that are not to be painted. This includes taping and covering light fixtures, hardware, electrical plates and light switches. Door knobs, towel racks, baseboards and similar objects are typically removed so that the walls behind them are painted. Drop cloths should be laid down to shield furniture and flooring. The best contractors will also remove old wallpaper or flaking paint and fill in nail holes and wall damage before painting.

How to Examine Painters and Painting Companies in San Mateo County Including Those in The Major Cities of Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Pacifica, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Foster City and Burlingame
Once you’ve decided to repaint your home, you’ll most likely be in a rush to hire a painter. However, it’s in your interest to take your time in researching some of the better local contractors in the cities of Menlo Park, Daly City, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Redwood City, San Bruno or your area of San Mateo County to find the one that will give you the best value in your new paint job.

It’s best to hire a Diamond Certified painting company because of their Highest in Quality rating, but that may not always be feasible. If you’re not able to choose a Diamond Certified contractor in your area of San Mateo County, improve your chances of hiring a good painter by checking out prospective candidates on the Contractors State License Board website to guarantee they are licensed and have workers’ compensation insurance. Violations and official discipline will appear on their license record, so you’ll know about any grievances or complaints that have filed been filed with the state.

Then you’ll want to confirm supplementary company qualifications. San Mateo area painters who have joined local associations and professional painters’ organizations may offer better service, and you’ll be able to review their past records, including client complaints and any legal actions taken against them.

Further Research on Good Painting Contractors, Including Those in Atherton, Colma, Woodside, Montara, Half Moon Bay, Loma Mar, San Gregorio and Other Smaller Towns
Now that you’ve done some initial research on local painting firms, talk with a few San Mateo County painters about your job. When you interview them over the phone and in person, have a list of questions and make a note of each contractor’s answers. Remember, many good painters will not provide estimates without seeing the job first. But you’re not obligated to set an appointment to meet the painters if they don’t meet your expectations or can’t answer your questions acceptably. In that case, move on to the next company on your list until you find one you want to meet in person.

See the following articles for sample questions you can use as you interview painting contractors in San Mateo County, including those in your area or Belmont, Palomar Park, Menlo Park, Sharp Park, Redwood City or South SF.
 

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Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself Before Interviewing Painting Contractors

Before talking with local painters, you’ll want to decide on the details of your upcoming painting project. For example, know which areas of your home you want painted, the color scheme you’re looking for and the timeline in which you want the work done.

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Before talking with local painters, you’ll want to decide on the details of your upcoming painting project. For example, know which areas of your home you want painted, the color scheme you’re looking for and the timeline in which you want the work done.

Think about these questions to get you started:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified painting company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • Which areas of my home need to be painted (i.e. exterior painting, kitchen repainting, bedroom repainting, new paint all throughout the house)?
  • Are there any changes or repairs I’d like to have made before the contractors start the job?
  • Are these repairs the painters can do, or do they need to be done by a separate contractor?
  • What is my budget for the house painting services?
  • Am I looking for decorative or faux painting?
  • Do I want the same color scheme, or bold paint or a drastic color change?
  • Do I plan to live in this home long-term?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my San Mateo County painting contractor to have? (These may include good communication skills, quick work, ability to stick to the schedule, honesty, reliability and cleanliness.)
     
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What to Ask on the Phone
Questions to Ask San Mateo County Painting Contractors on the Phone

When interviewing local painters in San Mateo County, you may want to have a list of questions prepared. This will ensure you get the answers you need. Write down the responses you get from each painter. That way you’ll be able to remember which San Mateo County painting companies answered your questions acceptably so you can clearly evaluate which company is your best choice.
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When interviewing local painters in San Mateo County, you may want to have a list of questions prepared. This will ensure you get the answers you need. Write down the responses you get from each painter. That way you’ll be able to remember which San Mateo County painting companies answered your questions acceptably so you can clearly evaluate which company is your best choice.
 

  • Have you earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  • Do you have a valid state contractor’s license? What is your license number? (You may verify the company’s license and see any complaints against them at the Contractors State License Board.)
  • Do you have liability and workers’ compensation insurance coverage?
  • Tell me about your understanding of residential painting and the experience your employees have.
  • How many times have you completed a paint job like mine before?
  • Do you provide painting estimates?
  • Do you have your own painting crew, or do you hire subcontractors?
  • How are your painters trained?
  • Are you on site during the work? If not, who will be in charge during the project?
  • Do you recommend a specific brand and type of paint? Why?
  • What guarantees do you offer on your painting work?
  • How long have you been a painting contractor in San Mateo County?
     
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What to Ask in Person
Interview Questions to Ask When Interviewing Painters in Person
Photo: Ross Painting (2012)

When you’ve found a painting contractor you had a good rapport with over the phone, you may want to interview them in person or invite them to see your painting project in person. The following are some questions you may want to ask the painting contractors you interview.
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When you’ve found a painting contractor you had a good rapport with over the phone, you may want to interview them in person or invite them to see your painting project in person. The following are some questions you may want to ask the painting contractors you interview.
 

  • How much time will repainting my home take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How many coats of paint will you apply to my house?
  • How do you come up with your painting estimate? Is that cost based on time and materials or is it a flat rate?
  • How firm is the original estimate? Will you update me if you find any damage or problems that will increase the estimate?
  • Will you do a pre- and post-work inspection? (This can allow the painting contractor to look for potential problems before starting the work and to look for missed spots, drips and spatters after the work is done.)
  • Have you completed exterior painting jobs in my area of San Mateo County that I can view from the street?
  • How would I handle further service issues? Will you come back and repair any paint damage or provide warrantees on your work and the paints you use?
     
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What to Ask References
Interview Previous Customers About Their Experiences with Local Painters

It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified painting company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other painters can’t pass. If you want quality from a painter in San Mateo County and the greater Bay Area, you will have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified painting company. Diamond Certified reports are available online at www.DiamondCertified.org for all certified companies....

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It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified painting company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other painters can’t pass. If you want quality from a painter in San Mateo County and the greater Bay Area, you will have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified painting company. Diamond Certified reports are available online at www.DiamondCertified.org for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews, because all research is performed via live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can’t find a Diamond Certified painter within reach, you’ll have to perform some research of your own. It’s wise to call references provided by your painting contractor. Keep in mind, though, that references painting companies give to you are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references are rarely randomly selected from all of a company’s customers.

If you do call on references, request a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were pleased with the work.

  • Were you satisfied with the painting services from _(painting company name)_?
  • What type of painting did they do for you (interior painting, exterior painting, room painting, faux finishing, eco-friendly painting, bathroom painting, etc.)
  • Did the painters finish the work on time?
  • Did the contractor keep you current on the status of the project?
  • If you live in a smaller town such as Broadmoor Village, El Granada, La Honda, Emerald Hills, San Carlos, W Menlo Park, Moss Beach or Pescadero did the painting contractors charge an additional fee to drive to your home?
  • Did the San Mateo painting company show up on time for work?
  • Did they clean up after the job?
  • When you need new painting in the future, will you consider hiring this painter again?
  • Would you recommend this painting company to your friends and family?
     
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Review Your Options
Consider Your Options Before Hiring a San Mateo Area Painter
The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

Once you’ve carefully evaluated your choices in local painting firms, think about the following questions to help you choose the right company: ...

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Once you’ve carefully evaluated your choices in local painting firms, think about the following questions to help you choose the right company: 

  • Can the painting contractors in San Mateo County you’ve interviewed meet your needs for local painting services?
  • Are the painters knowledgeable about the paint brands and techniques you’re asking for?
  • Will the painting contractors explain the specific needs of your job?
  • Is the Pacifica painting company sensitive to your budget? Will they offer brands and services that match your resources? Many contractors will give you bids for good, better and best options including choices in paint selection, number of coats, brands and services.
  • Do the painters offer written warranties on their work and paints?
     
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How to Work With
How to Work with Good Painting Contractors in San Mateo County and in the Major Cities of Daly City, San Bruno, San Mateo, Redwood City and South San Francisco

Now that you’ve found the local painting company that meets all your needs, it’s time to ask for a contract. This document should include written details on the price, quality and paints to be used, the start date and completion date and should be signed by you and the company.

Before you sign the contract, be sure you understand all terms and limitations. The contract you sign is binding, and should protect your property and your interests as well as those of your contractor. For this reason, never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.
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Now that you’ve found the local painting company that meets all your needs, it’s time to ask for a contract. This document should include written details on the price, quality and paints to be used, the start date and completion date and should be signed by you and the company.

Before you sign the contract, be sure you understand all terms and limitations. The contract you sign is binding, and should protect your property and your interests as well as those of your contractor. For this reason, never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.

When signing the contract, don’t be afraid to write in special requests or verbal agreements you’ve made with the painters. This will protect you and ensure you get the services you have agreed on. These add-ons may also include end dates and special instructions related issues that aren’t always covered by a standard contract.

For example, rutted lawns, damaged shrubs and crushed flowerbeds are often unexpected results of exterior painting jobs. But you can proactively protect your property by taking initiative before the work begins. Schedule a walk-through with the painting crew supervisor and conduct a pre-work inspection of your property. List or photograph your landscaping, house and property and talk with a representative about reasonable expectations for protecting your home and yard during the work. Both you and the painting contractor should sign and date the document when you’ve reached an agreement. When the work is done, accompany the contractor on a final inspection and verify that your expectations were met.

Prepare Your Home for New Interior and Exterior Painting
Professional painters in Daly City, South San Francisco, San Mateo, Redwood City, San Bruno and throughout San Mateo County should be able to handle all necessary preparations for the painting work. But there are a few things you can do before their arrival and during the work to help their job go more smoothly. You may even cut down on invoiced hours or damage to your home and possessions.

Remove furniture and other items
. Before the painters arrive, remove all furniture, decor, rugs, and other objects from the rooms slated for painting. Anything that’s not removed should be moved to the center of the room and covered with drop cloths or plastic. You may want to store any heirlooms or expensive items that are in high-traffic areas of your home to prevent them from being broken or damaged. Some painters will take the time to move and cover furniture, but there may be an additional charge for this service.

Provide parking space for work trucks
. If the painting company you hired has large work trucks, they may require more clearance and more parking space. Contact your San Mateo painting company before the start date and ask them how much parking space they’ll need and whether their work trucks are oversized. You may find it helpful to walk through the site with your contractor ahead of time so they can point out potential clearance issues or hazards you can move or reduce before the painting begins.

Trim plants and shrubs
. If you’re hiring a San Mateo County painting company for exterior painting, you may save time and money by trimming trees, bushes and other plants that are within reach of your home’s exterior. Ask your contractor about the amount of space they require around the perimeter of the job.

Keep children and pets clear of the new paint
. Your painting contractors shouldn’t have to deal with interruptions from children and family pets. Barricade off the rooms to be painted and keep pets and kids away until after the work is done and the paint is completely dry. This will prevent accidents, injury and the expense of touch-ups and repainting.
 

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Be a Good Customer
How You Can Be a Good Painting Company Customer In San Mateo County

Here are a few easy steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring an San Mateo County painting company, including those in San Mateo, Daly City, Foster City, Burlingame, South San Francisco and East Palo Alto.

Let the company representative know what you’re expecting from your new paint job and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.

Remember, a smile goes a long way, especially if there are disagreements or things aren’t going as planned.
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Here are a few easy steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring an San Mateo County painting company, including those in San Mateo, Daly City, Foster City, Burlingame, South San Francisco and East Palo Alto.

Let the company representative know what you’re expecting from your new paint job and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.

Remember, a smile goes a long way, especially if there are disagreements or things aren’t going as planned.

Before you sign a contract with a painting contractor, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to your understanding of the deal. Most problems occur because of unclear communication. But you can avoid most conflicts by being upfront about what you and your contractor expect from your arrangement.

Ask your contractor who is responsible to call about updates regarding your job. If it’s you, ask how often you should phone for updates. If the company will let you know the status of the work, ask how often you should expect updates.

Be sure your service representative has a daytime phone number where they can reach you at all times. The company may need to reach you for updates, questions or additional work authorization.

When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the painting on schedule.

Pay your painting contractor on time when the work is done or according to the payment schedule you’ve agreed upon.

Why would you want to be a good customer? San Mateo County painters like working for customers who are straightforward, open and easy to deal with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and contributes to a good working rapport.
 

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Check the Work
Review the Invoice and the House Painting Work Provided by San Mateo County Painters

When the new painting is completed, most good painters will give you a written invoice for the completed work. This usually includes:
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When the new painting is completed, most good painters will give you a written invoice for the completed work. This usually includes:
 

  • The contractor’s name, business address and license number.
  • A list of all services completed.
  • An itemized list of all paint and painting supplies purchased, including brands, quality and amount.
  • The total cost for painting services, including the amount charged for labor.
  • Any relevant warrantees or guarantees provided by the paint manufacturers and the painting company.
  • At the completion of the work, ask your painting company representative to walk through the job site with you. Check the work against the invoice to verify that the company did everything that was promised in the way they promised to do it. Ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your new house paint. If you have questions about the work or the materials, now is the time to ask.
     
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Written Warranties
Get Warrantees in Writing from San Mateo County Painters
Photo: CertaPro Painters of the Peninsula (2012)

Most good painting contractors in San Mateo County warranty their work or the materials they’ve used. All warranty details should be provided to you in writing during the contract phase or at the completion of the job. The written warranty should include:
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Most good painting contractors in San Mateo County warranty their work or the materials they’ve used. All warranty details should be provided to you in writing during the contract phase or at the completion of the job. The written warranty should include:
 

  • The painting company name and physical address.
  • What products and services are covered by the warranty. This should also specify whether the painting company will repaint your house in the event of product failure.
  • Your responsibility if you file a warranty claim for the work (i.e., whether you have to pay for labor or new paint and material, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount based on when the failure occurs).
  • If the warranties transfer to the new owner if you sell your home.
  • Terms, restrictions and exclusions to the warranty.
     
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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests for Painters in San Mateo County

The most popular painting service requests for painting companies in San Mateo County including those in Redwood City, San Bruno, South San Francisco, Daly City and San Mateo and the surrounding areas are listed below. The paragraphs below define each painting service request.

Exterior Painting
Exterior paint is applied to the outside of homes and buildings. Exterior paints must be more flexible and fade-resistant than interior paints so they’re able to resist harsh weather conditions and fading because of the sun.

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The most popular painting service requests for painting companies in San Mateo County including those in Redwood City, San Bruno, South San Francisco, Daly City and San Mateo and the surrounding areas are listed below. The paragraphs below define each painting service request.

Exterior Painting
Exterior paint is applied to the outside of homes and buildings. Exterior paints must be more flexible and fade-resistant than interior paints so they’re able to resist harsh weather conditions and fading because of the sun.

Interior Painting
Interior paint for walls and ceilings comes in many colors and finishes. Many modern interior paints are available in ecologically-safer formulations that are less toxic than exterior paints.

House Painting
House painting can include interior painting and exterior painting, and often takes into account the entire process from color selection, paint prepping, taping, priming, painting and sealing. Many painters specialize in painting homes, while others paint commercial buildings, industrial buildings and government buildings. You may want to consider hiring a house painter that has experience in the types of materials, techniques and methods you’re looking for.

Decorative Painting Techniques
Also known as faux finishing and faux painting, decorative techniques including tromp l’oeil, rag rolling, venetian plaster, sponge painting, marbling, stripe technique (striping), color washing, pickling, liming, wood graining, verdigris (aged copper-like finish) and antiquing are fashionable methods that add a custom look to homes.

Faux Painting / Faux Finishing
Like decorative painting techniques, faux painting is a technique that adds a faux finish to the surface so that the wall or ceiling appears to be made of something else. Examples of popular faux painting are: Venitian plastering, faux suede, faux marble or marbleizing and wood grain faux effects.

Commercial Painting Companies
Painting for commercial buildings, stores, schools, office buildings, museums, public structures and hospitals is known as commercial painting. Some contractors do only commercial painting, while others provide a combination of services for commercial, industrial and residential painting.

Low VOC Paint

Low VOC paints have lower quantities of volatile organic compounds, or potentially harmful chemicals. Low-VOC paints are often used in homes and offices where people spend a large amount of time. Low-VOC and no-VOC paints may help improve indoor air quality and avoid toxin-related illnesses.

Paint Color Selection
Paint color selection is a service many larger painting companies in San Mateo County offer. Paint selection involves potential paint color choices, existing colors in the home and overall room and decoration scheme. Paint matching services may also be available in cases where homeowners want to match new paint to an existing color.

Industrial Painting Services
Industrial painting services in San Mateo County paint large industrial and commercial buildings. Industrial painting is often done on metal building interior and exteriors, ceilings, walls, floors, metal siding, metal roofs, office buildings and large professional buildings, parking garages, factories, manufacturing plants and storage warehouses.

Painting Services
The term painting services encompasses all products and painting specialties offered by local painting companies in San Mateo County. Popular painting services include house painting, interior painting, exterior painting, residential house painting, commercial painting, preparation, spray painting, paint rolling and high-volume painting services.

Top 10 Brand Requests

  1. Sherwin-Williams Paint
  2. Behr Paint
  3. Valspar Paint
  4. Dutch Boy Paint
  5. Kelly-Moore Paint
  6. Glidden Paint
  7. Dulux Paint
  8. ICI Paint
  9. Benjamin Moore Paint
  10. Olympic Paint
     
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If Things Go Wrong
Have Confidence in The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified painting contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the painting company you’ve chosen is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve an issue by talking directly with the company owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Simple Steps to End Conflict with Local Painting Companies in San Mateo County...

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Diamond Certified painting contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the painting company you’ve chosen is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve an issue by talking directly with the company owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Simple Steps to End Conflict with Local Painting Companies in San Mateo County
Most painting projects happen without problem, especially when you’ve carefully chosen a good painting company in San Mateo County that has a record of customer satisfaction.
But what if something goes wrong? Follow the tips below to resolve your difficulty quickly with contractors in San Mateo County cities including South San Francisco, Redwood City, San Mateo, Daly City and Menlo Park.

The easiest way to end conflict is to talk directly with the painting company owner or supervisor. Most painters in San Mateo County have a personal interest in keeping customers happy. Don’t wait until the job is done to state your concerns. By discussing your fears as soon as they happen, you may ward off potential problems before they even start.

  • Review the contract and attempt to clear up any problems in person with your painting contractor.
  • Document your complaints and concerns in writing. Take photos if you are displeased with the quality of the painting materials or workmanship.
  • Set a date for resolution, and tell the painting company that you are open to a mutually-beneficial solution.
  • You may withhold payment from your San Mateo painting company until the disagreement is resolved to your satisfaction.
  • If you do not get an suitable response, consider hiring a local building inspector or painting expert to evaluate the problem from a neutral standpoint. This will ensure that you truly have a claim.
  • Fire the painters as a last resort. This can lead to ill will between you and the painting company, and can result in work delays or even lawsuits for breach of contract or non-payment.
  • File serious complaints with the Contractors State License Board.
  • Contact your state attorney general if the problems you experienced with your painting company are serious enough to merit filing charges.

 

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Glossary of Terms
House Painting Glossary for Customers in San Mateo County
Photo: Paul Demosthenes Painting and Decorating Inc. (2012)

The following terms and definitions are those used by painters and painting companies in San Mateo County and the surrounding areas.

acrylic paint
Acrylic paints are water-based synthetic paints known for performance and long-lasting color. Acrylic paints are water-soluble when wet but become flexible, durable and water-resistant once dry. Acrylic paints can be diluted with water and can be mixed together to create new paint colors.
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The following terms and definitions are those used by painters and painting companies in San Mateo County and the surrounding areas.

acrylic paint
Acrylic paints are water-based synthetic paints known for performance and long-lasting color. Acrylic paints are water-soluble when wet but become flexible, durable and water-resistant once dry. Acrylic paints can be diluted with water and can be mixed together to create new paint colors.

Also known as: acrylic house paint, acrylic latex paint, acrylic enamel, acrylic interior paint, acrylic exterior paint, acrylic painting, acrylics

antique finish / antique faux finishing
A specialized finish usually applied to furniture and woodwork to give the appearance of age and antiquing. Antique finishes may appear worn, cracked, rough or hand-rubbed and are often used on furniture, accent walls and room trim to complement décor.

Also known as: antiquing, antiqued wood painting, faux antique finish, antique oil finish, shabby chic painting, antique painting, distressed paint, distressing, aged-look painting, country-antique finish

curing
Curing is the time it takes for paint to fully bond and become dry and stable. While the surface of paint may dry quickly, making the surface appear dry, most paints take up to two weeks to dry down to the base. Care should be taken not to scratch, dent or scar curing paint. Ask your painting contractor how long your new paint should be left to cure.

Also known as: paint curing, paint drying, drying paint, high-temperature paint curing

cutting in
The painting technique that creates a neat line where two edges or colors meet as “cutting in.” When cutting in, painters usually use a trim brush with beveled or angled bristles to apply a finished-line edge.

Also known as: cutting, cutting in paint, cut-in, cut-in walls, cutting-in ceilings, cut-in paint

eggshell finish
Eggshell finish is a type of paint finish that has a slight sheen and appears mildly shiny. It often has the same appearance as an eggshell, hence its name.

Also known as: egg shell finish, eggshell paint finish, satin finish paint, eggshell paint, egg-shell paint

elastomeric finishes
Elastomeric finishes are thick, flexible and waterproof rubberized paints. Elastomerics create a waterproof barrier on almost any surface. Elastomeric paints are generally used on building exteriors and are available in almost every brand and color.

Also known as: elastomeric exterior paint, elastomeric finishes, elastomeric masonry, elastomeric stucco paint, elastomeric rubberized paint, rubber paint, elastomeric coatings, waterproof paint barrier

enamel finish
A type of household paint that dries to a hard finish. Enamel finishes may be flat paint, gloss paint or semi-gloss paint.

Also known as: enamel interior paint, enamel exterior paint, hard enamel finish, glossy enamel paint

epoxy
Epoxy is a type of paint that is made from tightly-binding chemicals. Epoxies resist standing water and extreme surface conditions, so epoxy finishes are a good choice for industrial painting and other areas that need a tough, protective coating.

Also known as: polyester epoxy, fusion bonded epoxy powder coatings (FBE), epoxy resin, powder coatings, two-part epoxy coatings

faux finishing
Faux finishing encompasses a wide range of decorative painting techniques used to make one surface appear like another. Some faux painting creates an illusion of depth or texture.

Also known as: faux painting, faux finishes, faux finish painting, faux paint texture, decorative painting, decorative faux finishes, marbleizing, color washing, faux wood grain, trompe l’oel, Venetian plaster, plaster of Paris, faux suede, metallic paint

finish coat
The final coat of paint applied to walls, ceilings and other structures is referred to as the finish coat.

Also known as: finishing coat, final coat, top coat, finished coat

flaking paint
When paint fails and small pieces flake off, the paint is said to be flaking. Like peeling, cracking and blistering paint, flaking paint occurs when a layer of paint detaches from the surface it has been applied to. Once a paint job starts flaking, the best fix is to completely strip and sand the surface and reapply a better quality paint.

Also known as: paint flakes, flaking paint, chipped paint, peeling paint, paint flaking off

flat finish paint
Flat finish is the most common paint finish used for interior painting. Flat finishes reflect the least amount of light, and have no sheen or gloss. They are common interior and exterior paint choices.

Also known as: flat paint finish, flat finishes, no-gloss paints, flat paint, flat paint colors

gloss paint finish
Glossy paints have a shiny sheen and reflect light. Gloss finishes are shiny and durable, although they may be more prone to scratching and flaws than flat paints. Glossy finishes are generally used as accent paints on cabinets, trim and furnishings.

Also known as: glossy paint, glossy paint finish, gloss finish, high gloss paints, demi-gloss finish, gloss paints, semi-gloss

lacquer
Lacquers are fast-drying, clear or lightly-pigmented varnishes. Lacquer dries as solvents evaporate and often requires a curing process to develop a hard coating. Lacquer is most commonly applied to wood and furniture.

Also known as: lacquer spray, gloss lacquer, clear lacquer, lacquer sealant, lacquer sealer, shellac, varnish

latex paint
Latex paint are synthetic, water-based paints that dry quickly and are easy to clean. Latex paints are opaque and are easy to paint over with another latex-based paint.

Also known as: acrylic paint, acrylic latex paint

metallic paints
Metallic paints are interior paints that have metal flecks in them. The metal flakes are reflective and create a shimmery, luminous appearance.

Also known as: metallic paints, polychromatic paint, metal flake paint, metal paint, metallic-finish paint, metallics

paint fading
Paints that are exposed to high amounts of light, heat and weathering can experience fading. Fading can be postponed by choosing higher quality paints, choosing lighter colors and applying more coats of paint.

Also known as: paint fading, residential paint fading, faded paint, paint fade restoration, sun faded paint, sun fading paint

paint thinner
Paint thinners are solvents used to thin and clean up oil-based paints. Many paint thinners are made of toxic or potentially dangerous chemicals. Paint thinners should be used carefully and sparingly. Using a water-based paint will make it unnecessary to use paint thinners.

Also known as: paint solvent, acetone, mineral spirits, turpentine, naptha, touline, xylene, MEK, DMF, liquid thinner

peeling paint
When a layer of paint detaches from the lower layers of paint, it is referred to as peeling paint. Paint peeling can be caused by moisture or poor adhesion due to improper preparation. Peeling paint must be stripped, sanded and reapplied to a clean surface.

Also known as: paint peeling, interior peeling paint, exterior paint peeling, fixing peeling paint, peeling house paint, peeling bathroom paint, peeling paint texture

priming
Priming is applying a coat of primer paint to a surface before applying paint and finish coat. Primers assure a strong bond and prevent paint from peeling, chipping and flaking.

Also known as: primer, paint prepping, preparation, primer coat, wood primers, primer sealer, primer spray

satin finish
Satin finishes have a rich texture and a slight glossy finish. They are also known as eggshell finishes. Satin finish paints are hard-wearing and easy to clean.

Also known as: satin interior paints, satin finishes, satin wall finish, satin-finish paint

stain
Stain is a water-based or oil-based glaze that is applied to surfaces to add color. Unlike paint, which sits on the top of the surface, stain is absorbed into the surfaces. Stain is often used on wood and to permanently stain the surface.

Also known as: wood stain, staining, interior stains, exterior stains, surface stains, wall staining, paint staining

textured paint
Textured paint has grainy material within the paint or that can be applied with brushes, rollers, trowels or other tools to create special effects. Textured paint effects are often used to hide flaws, imperfections, accent furniture and decor, or hide stains and wall damage.

Also known as: texture paint, texturized paint, paint texturing, applying texture to paint
 

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Painting Contractor in San Mateo County?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a painter with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only painting companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified painting company.

Q: What is lead paint? Should I be concerned about it?

A: Lead paint is the leading source of lead poisoning in children and adults, which can cause brain damage and slow physical development. Lead-based paints were applied to interior and exterior surfaces of older homes before 1978. Lead paint contamination isn’t usually a problem if the old paint is covered with new, lead-free paint. However, when the old paint chips, cracks, peels or is scraped, lead paint underneath can become exposed and pose a threat to children and pets.

If your home painting contains lead, your contractors legally need to take precautions when removing it. These containment procedures usually include sealing off the rest of the home, wearing respirators while removing the paint, disposing of the clothes worn while removing lead paint, and using filtration systems and post-removal cleaning procedures to remove all lead particles from the home and area surrounding the home. If your contractor doesn’t use proper lead paint removal techniques, you can legally be held responsible for contamination.

Q: How do I know if my home was covered in lead paint?
A: Most homes built before 1978 were painted with lead paint. An easy lab test can prove if your paint contains lead. Some painting contractors in San Mateo County will test for lead paint, and lead paint tests are available at most hardware stores for DIY lead paint testing.

Q: Can I paint my house myself?
A: As with many home improvement projects, it is possible to apply new paint to your home yourself. If the area you want to paint is small or you have experience painting, you may be up for doing the job yourself. However, painting is often time-intensive, messy work. And depending on the size of your project, you may be wise to hire a professional to do the job. Professional painters have the knowledge, skill and the tools to do the job right. Most will also guarantee their work, so you’ll be more assured of getting a quality paint job that lasts for years longer.

Q: Does it matter what quality of paint I choose?
A: With paint, you usually get what you pay for. Top-quality paints are more expensive, but they often have better components that make them smoother, more durable and last longer than cheap paint. You’ll have to repaint less frequently and your home will look better between painting.

Q: What is the difference between paint finishes?

A: Exterior and interior paint is labeled according to sheen and gloss. The higher the sheen, the more light reflects off of the paint and the shinier it appears. Your choice of paint depends on the area and surface, the color of paint and whether you’ll need to clean the painted surface or hide imperfections.

Matte and flat paints have very little or no gloss. They are often used on walls and ceilings and hide surface imperfections. Eggshell finish has a slight sheen and a lustrous appearance. It is often used on interior walls. Satin and silk finish paints have a finish that is in between that of eggshell and semi-gloss. They are easier to clean than flat paint. Semi-gloss finish is shinier, glossier paint. It is easy to clean and resists staining. However, the glossier a finish is, the more likely imperfections in the paint will be noticeable.

Q: Why do painting estimates vary so widely?
A: Painting contractors base their prices on the cost of labor, the time needed for painting preparation and repairs, the quality of paint applied and the number of coats. Cheaper bids may be a sign of a lower quality of work or less knowledgeable painters. However, you’re wise to ask the contractors when one bid is much lower or much higher than the others you’ve received to make sure the painting company is bidding on the same project and same details within the project. You can avoid most of this uncertainty by requesting detailed bids that are itemized to include quality and brand of paint materials, details about paint application and number of coats.

Q: Why is my exterior paint is peeling and what can I do about it?
A: Some paint will peel when overexposed to moisture and weathering. Your paint may be peeling because it is the wrong type of paint for the surface, it was applied poorly, or the surface was not properly prepared before painting. If your paint is peeling, there isn’t much you can do. The peeling paint will need to be scraped and removed, the surface sanded and prepared, and a new coat of paint applied. If you hired a local painter in San Mateo County, call them back to address the situation. Good painters will usually stand behind their work, and they may repair or repaint your home based on the warranty they promised when they first did the job.

Your best course for dealing with peeling paint is to remove the entire coat of paint, not just the peeling area. That’s because the rest of the paint will most likely also fail since it was applied in the same way to the same surface. Contact a local San Mateo County painting company to assess the damage and advise you on your specific situation.

Q: What are low-VOC and no-VOC paints? Should I consider using them?
A: VOCs are volatile organic compounds, or chemicals that emit potentially harmful gasses over time. Paint, lacquers, varnishes, paint thinners and paint removers often contain these chemicals. Paints with lower concentrations of these toxic compounds have become available recently.

There are also some paint brands that offer products with no VOC content. These natural paints and finishes are durable, cost effective and less harmful. Talk with your painting contractor and ask if they are familiar with low-VOC paints and whether they would recommend them for your home. Most customers who chose low VOC paints or no VOC paints do so because they are concerned about indoor air quality or have children or pets they want to protect over the long term.
 

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Consumer Agencies
Painting Company Associations & Consumer Agencies

Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
Finishing Contractors Association (FCA) (www.finishingcontractors.org)
National Alliance of Professional Painters (NAPP) (www.thenapp.com)
National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA) (www.paint.org)
Master Painters and Decorators Association (MPDA) (www.mpda.net)...

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Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
Finishing Contractors Association (FCA) (www.finishingcontractors.org)
National Alliance of Professional Painters (NAPP) (www.thenapp.com)
National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA) (www.paint.org)
Master Painters and Decorators Association (MPDA) (www.mpda.net)
Master Painters Institute (MPI) (http://www.mpi.net/)
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) (http://www.pdca.org/)

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Industry Information
San Mateo County Painting Contractor Information
Popular Paint BrandsTypes of Painting Services Available in San Mateo County Cities Served Zip Codes Served
Benjamin-Moore Paintslow VOC paints / no VOC paintsAtherton
Belmont
Brisbane
Broadmoor Village
Burlingame
Colma
Daly City
East Palo Alto
El Granada
Emerald Hills
Foster City
Half Moon Bay
Hillsborough
La Honda
Loma Mar
Menlo Park
Millbrae
Montara
Moss Beach
Pacifica
Palomar Park
Pescadero
Portola Valley
Princeton by the Sea
Redwood City
San Bruno
San Carlos
San Gregorio
San Mateo
Sharp Park
South SF
West Menlo Park
Woodside
94002
94005
94010
94011
94014
94015
94016
94017
94018
94019
94020
94021
94025
94026
94027
94028
94030
94037
94038
94044
94060
94061
94062
94063
94064
94065
94066
94070
94074
94080
94083
94096
94098
94128
94401
94402
94403
94404
Glidden Paintsglazing
ICI Professional Paintscolor consulting
Ralph Lauren Paintswood preservation
Valspar Paintsrepainting
Kelly-Moore Paintsnew construction painting
Kilz Paintcustom refinishing
Dulux Painthouse paint
Rustoleumcustom paint
Frazee Paintsexterior paint
Mythic Paintinterior paint
Krylon Paintfaux painting
Fuller O’Brien Paintdecorative painting
Milk Paintcommercial painting
Behr Painttextured painting
Cabot Paintsstaining
Dutch Boy Paintsspray painting
Pratt and Lambert Paintsretexturing
Dunn-Edwards Paintelastomeric finishes
Sherwin-Williams Paintpainting restoration
PPG Paintspaint color matching
Devoe Paintsgreen painting