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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.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Sonoma County – Painting – Contractor CATEGORY

Lee Dido is a longtime veteran of the painting industry and owner of Wine Country Painters, a Diamond Certified company since 2010. He can be reached at (707) 925-2916 or by email.

Lee Dido

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Lee Dido: Painting the Wine Country

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

FORESTVILLE — Lee Dido started painting professionally right out of high school and hasn’t looked back since. “After graduating high school, I was offered a job painting houses at $7 an hour, and I took it,” he recounts. “Working for a general contractor, I did other aspects of construction as well, but painting was what I enjoyed most and really excelled at, so I decided to focus on it. By the time I was 28, I’d started my own company.”

Today, as owner of Wine Country Painters, Lee says his favorite part of his job is working with customers. “I love meeting new people and guiding them through the painting process. I understand how frustrating it can be to have someone working in and around your home, so I do my best to ease that stress and educate my customers on what we’re doing.”

A longtime resident of Sonoma County, Lee expresses his fondness for the flavor of Bay Area life. “From the weather to the food and culture, I love the lifestyle we have in the North Bay. I’ve been to a lot of places and nothing is quite like it.”

Outside of work, Lee likes to stay active with exercise and outdoor activities. “I go to the gym five days a week, and I’m an avid swimmer and cyclist. I also do a lot of skiing in the winter and enjoy taking walks along the beach.” Additionally, Lee likes spending time with his wife, Alexandra, their two grown children, Britney and River, and their one-year old daughter, Meadow. “After being in an empty nest for a while, Alexandra and I recently had another daughter. It’s been an amazing experience to have a second go-round at parenthood.”

In regard to his professional career, Lee espouses the virtues of proactive communication. “I pride myself on having good communication with customers,” he affirms. “Whether I’m following up with them after the job or calling ahead to let them know I’m running behind, they really appreciate being kept in the loop. A lot of painters struggle with this, so I make a concerted effort to keep those communication lines open.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Lee says he’d continue doing the things he currently enjoys. “I’d probably spend more time playing with my daughter, going to the gym and skiing. I might also take the opportunity to go to Europe and ski the Alps.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The San Francisco Giants.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Goat cheese and crackers.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Vinyl records. I used to be a DJ when I was in my 20s, so I’ve accumulated quite a collection. I probably have 10,000 records at this point.

Q: If you could immediately master any musical instrument, what would you choose?
A: Alto saxophone.

Q: How do you like your eggs?
A: Soft-boiled.

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How to Get Clean Lines with Interior Painting

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FORESTVILLE — When painting your home’s interior, knowing the right techniques can go a long way toward achieving a beautiful result. One such technique is using caulking to get clean lines when painting with different colors on adjacent walls and ceilings.… Read more

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Greg Kuzmicki is a 39-year veteran of the painting industry and owner of Solidarity Painting, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2005. He can be reached at (707) 544-9551 or by email.

Greg Kuzmicki

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Greg Kuzmicki: A Brush with Destiny

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SANTA ROSA – When Greg Kuzmicki first arrived in New York at the age of 13, his initial impressions of the United States weren’t exactly ideal. “Coming from Poland to Brooklyn, New York was a complete culture shock,” he recalls. “All I could think was, ‘Is this all there is?’” However, after visiting his brother in California a few years later, he found a far closer resemblance to the picture of America he’d originally painted in his mind. “The climate was so much better and the people were so much nicer­! Thirty-five years later, I’m still enjoying life in the Bay Area.”

Greg has been involved in the painting industry his whole life—he started doing summer work when he was a teenager, and when he moved from the East Coast to California, his first full-time job was with a painting contractor in San Mateo. After working for three painting contractors in San Francisco and Marin over a 12-year span, he finally established his own company, Solidarity Painting, Inc., in 1990. Greg’s professional emphasis on quality was evident in Solidarity Painting’s ability to not only withstand but actually prosper during the economic downturn of 2008. “When many painting businesses were folding, we were actually expanding,” he says. “In 2009, we moved from a 1,000-square-foot shop to a 2,500-square-foot shop.”

After three-plus decades of living and working in the Bay Area, Greg’s initial appreciation of the climate and people hasn’t dwindled a bit. He also enjoys taking advantage of the activities offered by the local topography. “I love hiking, waterskiing and rock climbing,” he says. “One of my favorite things is going to Zion National Park and doing some free climbing. Climbing a couple hundred feet without ropes is quite a thrill—it’s almost the same as getting up on a 40-foot ladder to paint a house!” When he’s not scaling a ladder or a rock face, Greg enjoys spending time with his two children, 19-year-old Monica and 16-year-old Adam.

When asked to sum up his life and career, Greg says one particular quote stands out. “I’ve always said, ‘We are where we are because of the choices we make.’ When you do high-quality work, you can expect a certain amount of repeat clients, and I think the same applies in life. If you try to be a good person and live right, good things will come back your way.” Greg applies this motto to his daily life by sponsoring children in undeveloped counties and lending his time and expertise on goodwill missions to Mexico. Following retirement, he says he would like to do more charity work, both at home and abroad. “I’d love to visit some of the countries where I’ve sponsored kids. As an animal lover, I’d also like to volunteer at a local animal shelter.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: Locally, it’s the 49ers, but I also root for Barcelona in the World Cup Series.

Q: If you had a theme song, what would it be?
A: “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin.

Q: What’s your favorite season and why?
A: Spring—it’s the beginning of the good painting season.

Q: If someone was making a movie about your life, what actor would you choose to play you?
A: Roberto Benigni, the actor who played the lead in Life is Beautiful.

Q: How do you like your eggs?
A: Over easy.

Q: If you could travel to the past or the future, which would you choose?
A: The future. We pretty much know what happened in the past from history books, but no one knows what the future will be like.

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How to Prevent and Repair Dry Rot

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SANTA ROSA — Dry rot isn’t something most homeowners think about, but by the time you notice it in your home, you’ll wish you had. Dry rot damage can be extremely detrimental to a home’s structure and the removal and… Read more

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Video: Identifying and Treating Dry Rot

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INDUSTRY INFORMATION AND RESEARCHED ARTICLES BY THE DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESOURCE

  • Benjamin Moore

  • Dunn-Edwards

  • Rust-Oleum

  • Cabot

  • Behr

  • Armstrong

  • Sherwin Williams

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  • Penofin

Krylon Paint
Cabot Paints
Dutch Boy Paints
Pratt and Lambert Paints
Valspar Paints
Kelly-Moore Paints
Benjamin-Moore Paints
Glidden Paints
ICI Professional Paints
Ralph Lauren Paints
Mythic Paint
Behr Paint
PPG Paints
Devoe Paints
Fuller O’Brien Paint
Dunn-Edwards Paint
Sherwin-Williams Paint
Kilz Paint
Dulux Paint
Rustoleum
Milk Paint
Frazee Paints

house paint
custom paint
exterior paint
interior paint
faux painting
painting restoration
paint color matching
green painting
low VOC paints / no VOC paints
spray painting
retexturing
elastomeric finishes
decorative painting
commercial painting
textured painting
staining
glazing
color consulting
wood preservation
repainting
new construction painting
custom refinishing

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Alexander Valley
Annapolis
Asti
Bloomfield
Bodega
Bodega Bay
Boyes Hot Springs
Camp Meeker
Cazadero
Cloverdale
Cotati
Duncans Mills
El Verano
Eldridge
Fallon
Fetters Hot Springs
Forestville
Fort Ross
Freestone
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Graton
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Jenner
Kenwood
Lakeville
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Lytton
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Penngrove
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Rio Nido
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Roseland
Russian River
Russian River Meadows
Salmon Creek
Santa Rosa
Schellville
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Sheridan
Sonoma
Stewarts Point Rancheria
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the Geysers
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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)
Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
Finishing Contractors Association (FCA) (www.finishingcontractors.org)
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) (http://www.pdca.org/)
Master Painters Institute (MPI) (http://www.mpi.net/)

Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Painting Contractor

Prior to talking with local painters in person or over the phone, you’ll want to decide on the details of your upcoming painting project. For example, have an idea of the areas you want painted, the color scheme you’re looking for and the timeline you want. Think about these questions to get you started:

  • Which areas of my home need to be painted (i.e. interior room painting, exterior painting, kitchen painting, bedroom painting, new paint throughout the house)?
  • Are there any changes or repairs I’d like to have made before the contractors start the job (such as repairing moulding and trim, patching wall damage, texturizing walls, or installing new windows and doors)?
  • What is my budget?
  • Am I looking for decorative painting or faux painting services?
  • Do I want to stick with the same basic color scheme, or do I want bold paint or a drastic color change?
  • Do I plan to live in this home long-term? Or is this a house I plan to sell or a rental property?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Sonoma County painting contractor to have? (These may include good communication skills, starting the job on time, honesty, reliability, timeliness and cleanliness.)
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What To Ask In Person
Interview Questions to Ask in Person
  • How much time will it take to repaint my home?
  • How many coats will my job require?
  • How do you figure the costs on your painting estimate? How firm is the original estimate?
  • Will you do a pre- and post-work inspection. (This can save you time and hassle by helping to ensure the contractor sees any potential problems before starting to paint and notices any missed spots or drips and spatters after the work is done.)
  • Do you have any completed exterior painting projects in my area of Sonoma County that I can see from the street?
  • How would I handle any further service issues? Will you come back and repair any paint damage or provide warrantees on your work and products?
  • What can I do to make the painting process easier?
  • Do you have 10 recent customer references that I can call?
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  • What To Ask References
    Learn About Previous Customers’ Experiences with Local Painting Contractors

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

    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified painter within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your contractor. Keep in mind, though, that references they 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 given to customers from companies are rarely randomly selected from all their customers. Instead, contractors will likely give out contact information for a few customers that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, ask for 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 satisfied.

    • Were you satisfied with the services from _(painting company name)_?
    • What type of painting did they do for you (interior or exterior painting, single room painting, faux finishing, ect.)
    • Did the painters you hired finish the work on time?
    • Did the contractor keep you up-to-date with the status of the project? Or did you have to call in order to get information?
    • If you live in a smaller town such as Penngrove, Fulton, Roseville, Fort Bragg or in West County, did they charge extra to travel to your home?
    • Did the company show up on time?
    • Did they clean up after completing the job?
    • When you need new interior or exterior paint in the future, will you consider hiring this painting contractor again?
    • Would you recommend this painting company to your friends and family?
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  • Review Your Options
    Consider Your Options for Painting Services in Sonoma County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Once you’ve carefully considered your choices in local painters, answer the following questions to help you choose the right company:

    • Can the painting contractors in Sonoma County meet your needs when it comes to scheduling, products, techniques, customer service and experience?
    • Are the painters knowledgeable about the brands and techniques they use and on the specific needs of your job?
    • Is the company sensitive to your budget? Can they offer various paint brands and servicesto match your resources? Many contractors will give you bids that outline good, better and best options that include choices in paint selection, number of coats, brands and services.
    • Do the painters you interviewed offer written warranties that back up their work and products?
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  • How To Work With
    How to Get the Most Benefit from Painting Contractors in Sonoma County

    Now that you’ve found the local painting company that meets all your ideals, it’s the perfect time to ask for a written contract. This contract should include written details on the price, quality and materials to be used, as well as the job start date and intended completion date.

    Before you sign the contract, read and be sure you understand all the 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, you should never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.

    When signing the contract, don’t be afraid to write in special requests or verbal agreements. This will protect you and help ensure you get the services you have agreed on. Along with end dates and any special instructions, these add-ons may also include related issues that aren’t always covered by a standard contract. For example, regardless of how careful your contractor promises to be, rutted lawns, damaged shrubs and crushed flowerbeds are often unexpected results of exterior painting jobs.

    But you can protect your property by being proactive. Before the work begins, schedule a walk through with the company supervisor and conduct a pre-work inspection of your property. List or photograph your landscaping, home and property and talk with a company representative about reasonable expectations for protecting your home and yard during the work. When you’ve reached an agreement, both you and the contractor should sign and date the document. When the work is done, do a final inspection together and verify that your expectations were met.

    Prepare for Your New Interior and Exterior Painting
    Professional painters are able to handle the large and small aspects of their work. But there are a few things you can do in preparation to their arrival and while the work is in progress to help their job go more smoothly. You may even cut down on billable hours or the possibility of damage to your home and belongings.

    • Remove furniture and movable items from the workspace. Before the work begins, remove all furniture, decorations, rugs, and movable objects from the rooms slated for painting. Anything that’s not removed from the room should be moved away from the walls to the center of the room and covered with drop cloths or plastic. You may also want to temporarily store any heirlooms or expensive items that are in high-traffic areas of your home to prevent them from being broken.
    • Provide adequate clearance and parking space for work trucks. Some painting companies have large work trucks that require more clearance or parking space than average vehicles. Contact the company before the scheduled start date and ask them how many work vehicles will need parking space and whether the vehicles are oversized. You may find it helpful to walk through the site with your contractor ahead of time so they can point out any potential clearance issues or possible hazards you can move or minimize before the painting begins.
    • Trim plants and bushes outside your home before exterior painting. If you’re hiring a Sonoma County painting company for exterior painting, you may be able to save time and money by trimming trees, bushes and other plants that are close to your home’s exterior. Talk with your contractor about the amount of space they require around the perimeter of the job.
    • Keep children and pets out of freshly-painted rooms. Your contractors will be focused on the work at hand and shouldn’t have to watch out for children and pets before, during or after the work. Cordon off any rooms that are to be painted and keep pets and kids away from those rooms until after the work is done and the paint is fully dry. This will prevent accidents, injury and the expense of touch-ups and repainting.
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  • Be a Good Customer
    How Can You Be a Good Painting Company Customer in Sonoma County?

    It’s the responsibility of the contractors to use the best quality paints and the best possible painting techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your new paint, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Sonoma County painting company.

    • Be clear and upfront with the company representative. Let them know what you want from your new paint job, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
    • Before you hire a painting contractor, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the painting representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times. The work will move along more smoothly if the company can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the painting on schedule.
    • Pay your painting contractor promptly.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Good painters appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Examine the Invoice and Completed Painting Work

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

  • The contractor’s name, physical address and license number.
  • A list of all services performed.
  • An itemized list of all the paint and painting supplies purchased.
  • The total cost for painting services, including the amount due for labor.
  • Any applicable warrantees or guarantees provided by the paint manufacturers and the company.

It’s smart to compare the completed work to what was promised on the written invoice. Ask your company representative to walk through the job site with you and show you the work. Check what was done against the invoice. During the walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your new paint. If you have questions about the work that was done or the materials used, this is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Get Warrantees in Writing from Local Painters in Sonoma County

Most good painting contractors offer some type of warranty on their work or on 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. This written warranty information should include the following:

  • The contractor’s name and physical address.
  • What products and services are covered. This should also include whether the contractor will replace or repair your new paint in the event of a product failure.
  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim(i.e., if you have to pay for labor or materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount).
  • Terms, limitations and exclusions on the paint, materials and workmanship.
  • If the warranties are transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
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Top 10 Requests
Most Popular Sonoma County Painting Services

The top 10 requests for residential painting services in Sonoma County are listed below.

Paint Color Selection
Paint color selection is a service offered by many painting companies in Sonoma County. Paint selection considers possible colors, existing colors in the home and overall room scheme. Paint matching may also be available in cases where homeowners want to match new paint to an existing color.

Interior Painting
Any painting done on the interior surfaces of a home is referred to as interior painting. Interior paint for walls and ceilings comes in many colors and finishes, including faux and decorative finishes, wood stains and clear finish. Many modern interior paints are available in environmentally-friendly formulations that have lower toxicity than exterior paints.

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 to stand up to changing weather conditions and the fading effects of the sun.

House Painting
The term house painting can include interior and exterior painting, and often takes into account the entire process from color selection, prepping, taping, priming, painting and sealing. Many painters specialize in painting homes, while others paint commercial buildings, industrial buildings and government buildings.

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

Faux Painting
Like decorative painting techniques, faux painting is a technique that adds a faux finish to the surface. Venitian plastering, faux suede, faux marble or marbleizing and wood graining are examples of popular faux painting.

Commercial Painting
Any painting in commercial buildings, including stores, schools, offices, museums, public buildings and hospitals is referred to as commercial painting. Some contractors only offer commercial painting, while others provide a combination of services that includes commercial, industrial and residential painting.

Low VOC Paint
Low VOC paints have lower quantities of volatile organic compounds, or chemicals that may be harmful to human health. Low-VOC paints are often suggested for use in homes and office buildings where people spend a great deal of time. The use of low-VOC and no-VOC paints may help improve indoor air quality.

Industrial Painting
Industrial painting services in Sonoma County offer painting for large industrial and commercial buildings. Industrial painting often includes metal building interior and exteriors, ceilings, walls, floors, metal siding, metal roofs, office buildings, parking structures, factories, manufacturing plants and warehouses.

Painting Services
Painting services is a term that encompasses all services offered by local painting companies. Common painting services include house painting, interior painting, exterior painting, residential and commercial painting, paint preparation, spray painting, paint rolling and high-volume painting services.

Top 10 Brand Requests

  1. Sherwin-Williams Paint
  2. Behr Paint
  3. Glidden Paint
  4. Dulux Paint
  5. ICI Paint
  6. Benjamin Moore Paint
  7. Valspar Paint
  8. Dutch Boy Paint
  9. Kelly-Moore Paint
  10. Olympic Paint
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Glossary Of Terms
House Painting Terminology Used By Professional Painters in Sonoma County

acrylic paint
Acrylic paint is a water-based synthetic paint known for high performance and long-lasting color. Acrylic paints are water-soluble when wet but become flexible and durable once dry. Acrylic paints can be diluted with water to thin them and can be mixed together to create different colors.

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

antique finish
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.

Also known as: antiquing, antiqued wood, faux antique finish, antique oil finish, shabby chic finish,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, most paints take up to two weeks to fully dry internally. Care should be taken not to scratch, dent or scar curing paint.

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

cutting in
Painting contractors in Sonoma County refer to the painting technique that neatly creates a 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

eggshell finish
Eggshell finish is a type of paint finish that has a slight sheen.

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

elastomeric paint
Elastomeric paint is a thick, flexible and waterproof rubberized paint. It can create a waterproof barrier on almost any surface, including masonry and stucco. Elastomeric paints are generally used on home exteriors and come in almost every brand and color.

Also known as: elastomeric exterior paint, 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

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

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. Common faux finishes include: texturizing, color washing, paint combing, marbleizing, wood graining, stria, rag painting, stenciling, metallic paints, glazing, plaster of paris, sponge painting, faux brick finishes, wall murals, smooth finishes, and other similar wall treatments.

Also known as: faux painting, faux finishes, faux finish painting, faux paint texture, decorative painting, decorative faux finishes

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
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. Flat finishes reflect the least amount of light and have a pleasing appearance. Flat finishes have no sheen or gloss and are common interior and exterior paint choices.

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

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, gloss paints, semi-gloss, high gloss paints, demi-gloss finish

lacquer
Lacquer is a fast-drying, clear or lightly-pigmented varnish. It dries as the solvents evaporate and often requires a curing process in order to develop a hard coating. Lacquer is most commonly used on 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

metallics
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

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 slightly glossy finish. Also known as eggshell finishes, satin finish paints are durable and easy to clean.

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

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

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

textured paint
Textured paint is paint that has texturizing material within the paint or paint that can be applied with brushes, rollers, trowels or other tools to create special effects. Textured paint effects can be used to hide flaws in walls, imperfections in surfaces, accent furniture and decor, or hide stains and damage.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions
Sonoma Painting Contractor FAQ

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Painting Contractor?
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 and why should I be concerned about it?
A: Lead paint is a leading source of lead poisoning in children and adults, and it can causebrain damage and slowed physical development. Lead-based paints are found on interior and exterior surfaces of older homes, primarily those built before 1978. This isn’t usually a problem if the old paint is covered with new, lead-free paint. However, when the paint chips, cracks, peels or is scraped off, the lead paint underneath can pose a threat to children and pets in the home.

If your home does contain lead paint, your painting contractors legally need to take precautions when removing it. These containment procedures may include sealing off the rest of the home, wearing respirators to avoid inhaling the lead, disposing of the clothes worn while removing the lead paint, and using special filtration systems and post-removal cleaning procedures to remove all lead particles.

Q: How do I know if my home has lead paint?
A: Most homes that were built before 1978 were painted using lead paint. A simple lab test can prove if your paint contains lead. Some painting contractors in Sonoma County will test for lead paint, and lead paint tests are available at most hardware stores.

Q: Can I paint my home myself?
A: As with may home improvement projects, it is possible to paint your home yourself. If the area you want to paint is small or you have experience painting, you may be up for tackling the job yourself. However, painting can be 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 already 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.

Q: Does the quality of paint used matter?
A: With paint, the old saying usually holds true: You get what you pay for. Top-quality paints are more expensive, but they often have better ingredients that allow them to go on smoother, be more durable and last longer than cheap paint. Over the long run, you’ll have to repaint less frequently and your home will look better between painting, meaning you may save more money by spending a little more at the outset.

Q: What is the difference between paint finishes?
A: Exterior and interior paint is labeled according to its sheen and gloss. The higher the sheen, the more light reflects off of the paint and the glossier, or shinier, it appears. Your choice of paint will depend on the area and surface you’re painting, the color of paint you’ve chosen and the need to clean the painted surface and hide imperfections.
Matte and flat paints have very little to no sheen. They are generally used on walls and ceilings and are best for hiding imperfections in the surface. Eggshell finish has a slight sheen and has 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 semigloss. They are easier to clean than flat paint. Semi-gloss finish is a shinier, glossier paint. It is easy to clean and resists staining. However, the glossier a finish is, the more likely it is that imperfections in the paint will be obvious.

Q: Why can painting estimates vary so widely?
A: Painting contractors base their prices on a number of factors—the cost of labor, the time needed for surface preparation and needed repairs, the quality of paint applied and the number of coats needed. Cheaper bids may reflect a lower quality of work or less experienced painters. However, it’s smart to question the contractors when one bid is much lower or much higher than the other bids you’ve received to make sure the painting company is bidding on the same work.

Q: My exterior paint is peeling. Why is this happening and what can I do about it?
A: Paint can peel when exposed to moisture and weathering. Your paint may be peeling because it is the wrong type of paint for the surface, it was applied in a poor manner, or the surface was not properly prepared before it was painted. If your paint is peeling, there isn’t much you can do about it. The peeling paint will need to be removed, the surface sanded and prepared, and a new coat of paint applied. 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 Sonoma County painting company to assess the damage and advise you on your specific situation.

Q: I’ve been hearing a lot about low-VOC and no-VOC paints. What are they? Should I consider using them?
A: VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are chemicals that emit potentially harmful gasses when applied and over time. Paint, lacquer, varnish, paint thinners and paint strippers often contain these chemicals. In recent years, paints with lower concentrations of these toxic compounds have become available. 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.

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