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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 Contra Costa County – Painting – Contractor CATEGORY

Brad Horton is a 32-year veteran of the painting industry and president of Alamo Painting, a Diamond Certified company since 2009. He can be reached at (925) 709-4989 or by email.

Brad Horton

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Brad Horton: A Serendipitous Start

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

ALAMO — Whether it was the result of fate or mere circumstance, Brad Horton’s career as a professional house painter was jumpstarted by an unexpected coincidence. “When I was in my 20s, I had a roommate who was a painter, and I spent a summer working for him, both on the job and by putting up flyers around town,” he remembers. “That fall, he left to attend college in L.A. and I got a job selling insurance, which I quickly realized wasn’t for me. One day, I got a call in response to one of the flyers I’d put up the previous summer, and I ended up booking a painting gig. That same night, my old roommate unexpectedly showed up on my doorstep and said he didn’t want to live in L.A. anymore. I said, ‘That’s fine, because we have a painting job tomorrow!’”

Today, 25 years after founding Alamo Painting, Brad says one of the things he enjoys most about his job is the opportunity to be a positive influence in his employees’ lives. “I like watching young men and women self-actualize by learning a trade and having a job they can take pride in. I find it very rewarding to play a role in their personal development and see them be successful in life.”

A longtime resident of Concord (where he lives with his wife, Kathy), Brad says he’s enjoyed watching the gradual growth that’s taken place over the years. “I’ve lived here since 1963, so I’ve seen Concord really come into its own. From the population increase to the development of the downtown area, it’s undergone a real transformation from a little cow town to the metropolitan area it is today.”

Outside of work, Brad engages in a variety of pastimes, from outdoor activities to hanging out with family. “One of my main hobbies is deep-sea fishing, which I do at both the Berkeley and Sausalito Marinas,” he says. “I also like to play golf, cook and go to the beach with my family.”

In his life and career, Brad espouses a two-fold lesson he’s learned about planning ahead. “When undertaking any type of project, it’s crucial to have a plan,” he says. “A good plan will serve as your guiding light and help keep your objective in focus. However, since things rarely go according to plan, you also have to be adaptable when the circumstances unexpectedly change.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Brad says he’d get a little R&R. “I’d probably sleep for a week,” he laughs. “Then, I’d go on a road trip across the country to see a bit of small-town America.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The Oakland A’s.

Q: Coffee or tea?
A: Coffee—or, to be more specific, five shots of espresso.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?
A: Momoyama Sushi in Concord.

Q: What’s your earliest memory?
A: The airplane ride when my family moved from Illinois to California. I was about three years old.

Q: Who’s your favorite movie monster?
A: Godzilla.

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How to Paint a Door in your Home

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ALAMO — Painting a door in your home may seem like a simple task, but in order to achieve a successful result, you’ll need to use the right tools and techniques. Here’s how to do it: The first step is… Read more

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ALAMO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you're planning to repaint one or more doors in your home, you'll want to know the correct procedure to use.… Read more

Joe Sabel is a 35-year veteran of the painting industry and owner of J & J’s Final Coat Painting, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2004. He can be reached at (925) 405-6970 or by email.

Joe Sabel

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Joe Sabel: One Coat at a Time

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

CONCORD — One of three brothers in the painting industry, Joe Sabel didn’t attain professional success overnight; rather, he approached it like any quality painting project: one coat at a time. “When I was 20, I started working for my older brother, who was a painting contractor,” he recounts. “Originally, I just needed a job, but I ended up really enjoying the trade and continued with it. After working with my brother, I spent four years with another painting contractor before starting my own business, which is still going strong after 30 years.”

Today, as owner of J & J’s Final Coat Painting, Inc., Joe expresses pride in his long-term professional achievements. “After all these years, our company has basically become an efficient, well-oiled machine,” he says. “By keeping our operation small, we’ve been able to keep the quality up—not to mention the hair on my head!”

A resident of Oakley (where he lives with his wife and business partner, Jill, the other “J” in the company’s moniker), Joe expresses his appreciation for the temperate Bay Area climate. “You can’t beat the weather here,” he says. “Being in the painting business, we stay busy all year round, which is unheard of in other parts of the country.”

When he’s not working, Joe devotes much of his free time to an avocational interest in viticulture. “I grow grapes and make my own wine,” he explains. “Right now, I actually have 50 gallons sitting around, waiting to be bottled. My wife and I also enjoy going wine tasting around the Bay Area.” In addition to winemaking, Joe enjoys outdoor activities like biking, wakeboarding in the delta and snowboarding at Lake Tahoe. Additionally, Joe keeps up with his and Jill’s two grown sons, Timothy and Steven, both of whom are pursuing careers in the construction trades.

In regard to his professional career, Joe espouses the importance of delivering on his promises. “The number one thing is giving my customers everything I told them I would,” he affirms. “You can’t cut corners when it comes to customer satisfaction—you have to deliver what was promised, 100 percent, and we pride ourselves on making sure that happens.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Joe says he’d take a vacation before returning to pursue another business venture. “I’m the kind of guy who will probably never retire, so if I were to stop painting, I’d probably just go into some other industry. However, first my wife and I would do some travelling. Europe is at the top of our list, so we’d probably start with Portugal or Spain and go from there.”

Ask Me Anything!

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

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Granola bars.

Q: What were you most known for in high school?
A: Weightlifting. I set two records at my school—for the deadlift and the bench press—which stood for 10 years afterward.

Q: What kinds of movies do you like?
A: I like movies with a lot of twists and turns. One of my favorites is “Swordfish.”

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Fishing—I love to fish in the rain.

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Room Size and Paint Color Selection

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CONCORD — An important consideration when selecting paint colors is the size of the room you’re planning to paint. While this detail is commonly overlooked, color can have a dramatic effect on a room’s overall ambiance, so be sure to consider… Read more

Selecting Colors for a Painting Project

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CONCORD – One of the most challenging aspects of a residential painting project is selecting colors. After all, even if your painting contractor does a great job, if you don’t like the colors, you’re not going to be happy with the… Read more

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Jared Cuevas is president of Bay-Valley Painting, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 456-4989 or by email.

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Jared Cuevas: Uncommon Expertise

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

ANTIOCH — As a second-generation painter, Jared Cuevas’ experience on both the contracting and supplier sides of his industry has culminated in an uncommon depth of expertise. “I started out working for my dad during summer breaks in high school and college,” he remembers. “After college, I worked for him full-time for about eight years until he retired in 2010. At that point, I went to work for Sherwin-Williams, and after that Kelly-Moore, which gave me experience on the supplier side of the industry. Eventually, I wanted to start painting in the field again, so I started my own business.”

Today, as owner of Bay-Valley Painting, Inc., Jared says his favorite part of his job is interacting with people. “I like meeting and talking to customers and helping them make their projects as cost-effective as possible. It feels really good to make a customer feel better about the way their house looks.”

A resident of Antioch, Jared spends his free time on a variety of active pastimes. “One of my main hobbies is going to the gym, although not everyone would call that a hobby,” he says. “I also like spending time with friends, barbecuing, going to concerts and traveling.”

In regard to his professional career, Jared offers some advice to homeowners. “When choosing a painting contractor, I advise being patient when making your decision,” he says. “When looking at estimates, it’s easy to be swayed by emotion or by a cheap price, but that isn’t a good way to make a decision. It’s better to look at your options and then take a day or two to think about them. This will help you make a well-considered choice.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Jared says he’d move to Austin, Texas. “I like it there—it’s a fun, laid-back city with a lot to do and see. They have a unique sense of culture and community, and it’s not as fast-paced as the Bay Area, which I like. I’ve always felt like it would be a good fit for me.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Sylvia’s Country Kitchen in Antioch. They serve a great breakfast.

Q: What kind of music do you like?
A: A little bit of everything, from the alternative rock I listened to in high school to ’80s and ’90s country.

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: “Ray Donovan.”

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: London, England.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Cashews.

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The Importance of Paint Preparation

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ANTIOCH — When having your house painted, don’t overlook the importance of proper preparation. That fact is, there are some things a new coat of paint can’t hide. Worse still, there are things that, even if they can be hidden… Read more

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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

  • Farrow and Ball

  • Penofin

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

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

Alamo
Antioch
Bay Point
Bethel Island
Blackhawk
Brentwood
Briones
Byron
Canyon
Clayton
Clyde
Concord
Cowell
Crockett
Danville
Diablo
Discovery Bay
El Cerrito
El Sobrante
Hercules
Hilltop Mall
Kensington
Knightsen
Lafayette
Los Medanos
Maltby
Martinez
Moraga
North Richmond
Oakley
Orinda
Pacheco
Pinole
Pittsburg
Pleasant Hill
Point Richmond
Port Chicago
Port Costa
Rheem Valley
Richmond
Rodeo
San Pablo
San Ramon
Tara Hills
Vine Hill
Walnut Creek
Walnut Heights
West Pittsburg

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The following industry associations and consumer groups provide more information for customers of painting companies in Contra Costa County.

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/)

Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Contra Costa 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. It’s wise to have an idea of what you want painted, the basic color scheme you prefer and when you want the work done.

These questions will get you started:

  • Which areas of my home need to be painted (i.e. bedroom painting, hallway painting, kitchen painting, living room painting)?
  • Are there any changes or repairs I want done before the painting contractors start the job (removing walls, adding windows, texturizing walls, installing new trim, repairing wall damage, etc.)?
  • What is my budget for hiring a painter in Contra Costa, including those from Richmond, Concord, Antioch, Walnut Creek and Pittsburg?
  • Am I interested in decorative painting or faux painting services from my Contra Costa painters?
  • Do I want the same basic color scheme I already have, or do I want new bold paint colors or a drastic color change?
  • Do I plan to live in this home long-term?
  • What characteristics would I like my Contra Costa County painting contractor to have? (These may include good communication skills, timeliness, honesty, reliability, and cleanliness.)
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What To Ask In Person
Interview Questions to Ask Contra Costa Painters in Person
  • How much time will it take to repaint my home?
  • How many coats will my paint job require?
  • How do come up with you painting estimate?
  • Will you do a pre- and post-work inspection?
  • Do you have any completed exterior painting projects in my area of Contra Costa County that I can see from the street?
  • Will you come back and repair any paint damage or provide warrantees on your work and products?
  • Who would I call to handle service issues?
  • Is there anything I do to make the painting process easier?
  • Do you have 10 recent customer names and numbers I can call as references?
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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 Contra Costa County and the greater Bay Area, including those it the larger cities of Brentwood, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Martinez, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond and San Pablo, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company.

    Diamond Certified reports are available 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 given to you by the painting companies themselves 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 arbitrarily chosen from all their clientele. Instead, contractors usually give out references that they know were satisfied, so the results you get from your reference phone calls may be skewed.

    When requesting references, ask for a list of the painting company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied. You may also want to ask for a list of customers that live within your area of Contra Costa County so that you can get a feel for the services they’ve provided to your neighbors and those in your city.

    When talking with references, use some of the questions below and come up with some of your own to get a feel for the quality of the painting companies’ services and customer service record. Sample questions include:

    • Were you satisfied with the services from _(Contra Costa painting company name)_?
    • What type of painting did they do for you (interior or exterior painting, room painting, faux finishing, painting touch ups, etc.)
    • Did the painters finish the work in the time promised?
    • Did the contractor tell you about the status of the project, or did you have to call for updates?
    • If you live in a smaller town such as Bethel Island, Briones, Canyon, Knightsen, Port Costa, Rheem Valley or Walnut Heights, 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 Among the Painting Contractors You’ve Interviewed

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

    Once you’ve carefully interviewed local painters, answer the following questions to help you choose the right Contra Costa painting company:

    • Can the painting contractors in Contra Costa County meet your needs for new house painting?
    • Are the painters knowledgeable about the brands and techniques they use? Can they apply them to the specific needs of your job?
    • Is the painting company able to be flexible to your budget? Can they offer a choice of paint brands and services? Many contractors will give you good, better and best options in paint selection, coats of paint, brands and services.
    • Do the painters you interviewed back up their work and products with written warranties?
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  • How To Work With
    Get the Most from Good Painting Contractors in Contra Costa County

    Once you’ve found a local painting company that meets your needs, you should arrange to sign a contract for their services. This contract should include the price, paint quality and materials to be used, as well as the intended start date and completion date.

    Before signing the contract, read and understand all the terms. Contracts are binding, and they should be written to protect your property and your interests, as well as those of your contractor. Never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.

    Don’t be afraid to request or write in details or verbal agreements. This will protect you and help you get the services you expect. Along with project end dates and special instructions, these add-ons may include issues that aren’t always covered by a standard contract. For example, care of your property, length of work day and how often you will be consulted about the schedule of the job.

    You can also protect your property by proactively using the contract to guard your interests. Before the work begins, accompany the crew supervisor on a walk through to inspect your property. List or photograph specific details of your landscaping, home and property and discuss reasonable expectations for protecting your home and yard during the painting work. When you’ve reached an agreement, both you and your contractor should sign and date the contract. Once the work is done, inspect the property again together and verify that your expectations were met.

    Prepare for New Interior and Exterior Painting in Contra Costa County
    Professional painters are able to handle the large and small aspects of their work, including those in the major Contra Costa cities of Concord, Richmond, Antioch, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, San Ramon, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Danville and Brentwood.

    And 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 keepsakes from the workspace. Remove all furniture, wall art, draperies, rugs, and other items from the rooms that are to be painted. Anything remaining should be moved to the center of the room and covered with drop cloths or thick plastic sheets. You may also want to move heirlooms or expensive items from high-traffic areas of your home to prevent them from being accidentally broken.

    Trim plants and bushes outside your home before exterior painting. If you’re hiring a Contra Costa County painting company for exterior painting, you may be able to save time and money by trimming back trees, bushes, vines and plants that are growing on or too close to your home. Talk with your contractor about the amount of space they require around the perimeter of the job.

    Provide parking space for work trucks. If your painting companies has large work trucks that require more clearance and parking space than average vehicles, the firm may expect you to make room for them while they’re on the job. Contact the company before the work begins and ask them whether the vehicles are oversized and whether you’ll need to provide parking space. You may find it beneficial to walk through the site with your contractor ahead of time so they can point out any possible clearance issues or visible hazards you can take care of before the painting begins.

    Keep children and pets away from the painted areas. 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 the rooms that are to be painted and keep pets and kids away until after the work is done and the paint is fully dry. You should also take precautions to keep children and animals out of the path of the painters if they are walking through your home. This will prevent accidents, injury and the expense of touch-ups and repainting. If the painters will be going through gates or doors, be aware that they may be accidentally left ajar and could pose an escape hazard for pets and young children.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    How Can You Be a Good Painting Company Customer?

    It’s the painters’ responsibility to use high quality paints and good painting techniques that will result in a great paint job for their customers. But you play a big part in the success of the job, too.

    Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Contra Costa County painting company.

    • Be clear and proactive when talking with the painting company staff. Let them know what you expect from your new paint job, the long-term outcome you desire and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Before you hire a painting contractor, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the painting representative your understanding of the agreement. You can head off most conflicts by being clear about your expectations and theirs.
    • Ask your contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your painters have a phone number where they can reach you at all times during the work.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the painting on schedule.
    • Pay your painting contractor as soon as the work is done or as the terms of the contract specify.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Contra Costa County painters appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to deal with. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved, because your good customer behavior will help set the tone and create a positive environment more conducive to a good relationship.

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Check The Work
Review the Invoice and the Completed House Painting

When the painting is done, most good painters will give you a detailed invoice. This invoice usually includes:

  • The contractor’s name, physical address and license number.
  • A list of all painting services performed.
  • An itemized list of all paint and painting supplies used.
  • The total cost for painting services, including the amount due for labor.
  • Warrantees or guarantees extended by the paint manufacturers and the painting firm.

It’s smart to compare the actual work to the written invoice. Ask your company representative to walk through the job site with you and show you the work, so you’re sure all areas were done correctly. During this walkthrough, check what you see against the invoice. Before the contractors leave the jobsite for the final time, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining, cleaning or caring for your new paint.

If you have questions about the work that was done, the materials used or the warranty coverage, this is the time to ask. Once the painters leave your home, you may not be able to negotiate changes to the contract or ask for written confirmation of items you were promised before or after the work.

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Written Warranties
Get Warrantees in Writing from Your Contra Costa House Painting Contractors

Most good painting companies offer some type of guarantee on their work and on the materials they’ve used. All warranty details should be provided in writing during the contract phase or at the completion of the job.

This should include the following:

  • The contractor’s name and physical address.
  • What products and services are covered by the warranty.
  • Whether the contractor will replace or repair your new paint in the event of a product or application failure.
  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim (i.e., specific ways to file the claim, if you will be responsible to pay for labor or new materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount for warranty work).
  • If the warranties are transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
  • Terms, limitations and exclusions on the paint, materials and workmanship.
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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests for Contra Costa Area Painters

The most common painting requests made of in Contra Costa County painting companies are listed below, as well as a description of what those services entail.

House Painting

The term house painting can include interior and exterior painting. The entire process of painting a house, including color selection, prepping, taping, priming/primering, paint application and paint sealing is generally included in a contract for house painting.

Interior Painting

Interior surface painting is commonly 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.

Paint Color Selection

Some painting companies in Contra Costa County provide paint color selection assistance. Paint selection considers possible colors, existing colors in the home and overall room scheme, and may be done by an experienced painter or by an interior decorator or paint specialist. Paint matching services may also be available to homeowners who need to match new paint to an existing color for touchups, repainting or finishing a paint job.

Decorative Painting Techniques

Sometimes known as faux finishing or faux painting, decorative painting techniques such as tromp l’oeil, sponge painting, rag rolling, venetian plaster, marbling, striping, color washing, pickling, wood grain painting, verdigris 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

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals that may be harmful to human health. VOCs are commonly found in paints, paint thinners and lacquers used in homes. New low-VOC paints are often suggested for use in areas where people live and work. The use of low-VOC and no-VOC paints may help improve indoor air quality and prevent illness due to contaminated air.

Industrial Painting

Industrial painting services in Contra Costa 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.

General Painting Services

Painting services is a term that encompasses all services offered by local painting companies. General painting services include house painting, interior painting, exterior painting, residential and commercial painting, paint preparation, paint spraying, paint rolling (roller application of paint) and high-volume painting services.

Top 10 Brand Requests

  1. Sherwin-Williams
  2. Behr Paint
  3. Glidden Paint
  4. Dulux Paint
  5. ICI Paint
  6. Benjamin Moore
  7. Valspar Paint
  8. Dutch Boy Finishes
  9. Kelly-Moore
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Glossary Of Terms
Contra Costa Painting Terms Glossary

acrylic paint
Acrylic paint is a water-based synthetic paint that is long-lasting and used in areas where high-performance is needed. Acrylic paints are water-soluble when fresh but become flexible and durable after they’ve dried. 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


antiquing

Any specialized finish usually applied to furniture and woodwork to give the appearance of age and antiquing is known as antiqued finish. Antique finishes make surfaces appear worn, cracked, rough, hand-rubbed or old.

Also known as: antique finish, 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 paint

Painting contractors in Contra Costa 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, cut-in, cut-in walls, cutting-in ceilings


eggshell finish

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

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


elastomeric coverings

Elastomeric paint is rubberized paint that’s thick, flexible and waterproof. It creates a waterproof barrier when painted on surfaces, including masonry and stucco home exteriors. Elastomeric paints are generally used as exterior paints and floor paints, and are available 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 paint

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
Like peeling, cracking and blistering paint, flaking paint occurs when a layer of paint detaches. Once a paint job starts flaking, the best fix is to completely strip and sand the surface and reapply a better quality paint or a paint that’s made for the surface it’s applied to.

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

Also known as: acrylic paint, acrylic latex paint


metallics

Metallic paints have metal flecks in them so they are reflective and have a shimmery, luminous appearance. Metallic paints are generally recommended for indoor use only, and are often used as accent paints or painted over darker paint to add light to dark corners and rooms.

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


paint thinner

Paint thinner solvents are used to thin and clean up after using oil-based paints. Many paint thinners are made of toxic or potentially dangerous chemicals. Paint thinners should be used sparingly and with caution. Water-based paint makes the use of paint thinners unnecessary. Most paint thinners are made of acetone, turpentine, naptha, touline and/or xyline.

Also known as: paint solvent, mineral spirits, 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. Painters in Contra Costa County use primers to create 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 paint

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 paints
Textured paint has texturizing material within it or can be applied with brushes, rollers, trowels or other tools to create special textured effects. Textured paint effects can hide flaws and imperfections in walls and other surfaces, create accents on furniture and decor, and hide stains and damage on ceilings and walls.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions
Painting Contractor FAQ

The following questions and answers are the most commonly asked by clients of painting companies in Contra Costa County. Read on for more information.

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 can cause brain damage and slowed physical development, and it is a leading source of lead poisoning in children and adults in the United States. Lead-based paints are found on interior and exterior surfaces of older homes, chiefly those built before 1978. This isn’t usually a problem if the old paint is repainted over with lead-free paint. However, when paint chips, cracks, peels or is scraped off, any lead paint underneath can pose a hazard to children, pets and other people in the home or building.

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 Contra Costa County will test for lead paint, and lead paint tests are available at most hardware stores. If your home contains lead paint, Contra Costa painting contractors legally need to take precautions when removing it. Typical containment procedures include sealing off the rest of the building or home, wearing respirators to circumvent inhaling the lead particles, disposing of all clothing items worn while removing lead paint, using filtration systems, and post-removal cleaning procedures to remove microscopic lead particles that can endanger residents.

Q: Can I paint my home myself?
A: 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 able to do the job yourself. However, painting can be time-intensive, messy work. You may be wise to hire a expert to do the job. Professional painters have the knowledge, talent and tools to do the job right. Most also guarantee their work, so you’ll be assured of getting an excellent paint job that lasts.

Q: Why can painting estimates vary so widely between different painting companies?
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 details of the job. If one bid is much lower than the others you’ve received, it can be a sign that the estimator either missed something during the bidding process or serve as a warning that the company may not provide the same quality application or products as the other companies you’ve interviewed.

Q: Does the quality of paint matter?
A: With paint, the old saying usually holds true: You get what you pay for. It’s true that top-quality paints are more pricey, but they are often made better, so they go on more evenly, re more durable and last longer than cheap paint. By using good quality paints, you’ll 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: My exterior house paint is peeling. Why is this happening and what can I do about it?
A: Paint can peel when exposed to moisture and weathering, or if it’s cheap paint. 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 already peeling, there isn’t much you can do. The peeling paint will need to be scraped off, the surface sanded and prepared, and a new coat of quality paint applied. Your best course for dealing with peeling paint is to remove the entire coat of paint, not just the damaged 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 Contra Costa 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, 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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