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Solidarity Painting, Inc.

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Solidarity Painting, Inc.

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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 294 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i

Earl K.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

1 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I think they are conscientious, they are absolutely meticulous in their preparation of your house for painting. I've never encountered a painting service that was this complete from color consult to the actual execution of the job.

They came and evaluated my property and gave me a reasonable estimate. Every day they were at my house, they cleaned up after themselves meticulously. It's a great service. I was completely satisfied and the price for service was great.

Mr K.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

2 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

That they were prompt and I needed some paint matched they were really great. The work was great. We have a large house and they had to put scaffolding up. They were neat and if anything else need to be done they told me about it and they took care of it. I was very, very satisfied. I just felt good about it and everything was good.

The way they treated us, their cleanliness, the cordiality, and their caring. I like that they knew this was my house and they were going to take care of it. It made me feel comfortable.

Mr H.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

3 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Professional, they're on time, they do exactly what they say they'll do, and they just go beyond expectations. That's rare. I have nothing but good things about Solidarity.

They just came right on time, they were professional, they have an efficient crew, they started really quick, and they did a great job. His wife came out and did the colors which was great because we changed our mind seeing it on the house and we were able to bury what we originally planned. The owner was on top of the crew and was actually here to do the prep work himself.

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Alice and Greg Kuzmicki are owners of Solidarity Painting, Inc.

Greg Kuzmicki had 12 years of painting experience before he established Solidarity Painting, Inc. in 1990. He first started painting in San Francisco and Marin County in the early 1980s, working on everything from waterproofing buildings to Victorian restorations to custom homes.

Solidarity Painting is unique in both its longevity and track record. The company has been providing reliable painting, waterproofing and restoration services for the North Bay area for more than 20 years, with more than 2,000 homes painted. “Solidarity Painting is here today and will be here tomorrow, outlasting the boom and bust cycles of the painting industry,” says Mr. Kuzmicki. “We stand behind our work with a five-year unconditional guarantee; we’re that confident in our workmanship.”

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED CAPABILITIES ON Solidarity Painting, Inc.

Service AREA

Sonoma County
Marin County
Napa County
San Francisco

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SERVICES PERFORMED

Painting, Waterproofing & Restorations
Superior Surface Preparation
Residential & Commercial Int.- Ext.
Dry Rot Siding, Trim & Stucco Repairs
Popcorn Ceiling Removal & Texture
Base Boards & Crown Mouldings
Texture & Drywall Repairs
Pressure Washing – Gutter Cleaning
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DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED ARTICLES ON Solidarity Painting, Inc.

Company Profile

Greg Kuzmicki had 12 years of painting experience before he established Solidarity Painting, Inc. in 1990. He first started painting in San Francisco and Marin County in the early 1980s, working on everything from waterproofing buildings to Victorian restorations to custom homes.

Solidarity Painting is unique in both its longevity and track record. The company has been providing reliable painting, waterproofing and restoration services for the North Bay area for more than 20 years, with more than 2,000 homes painted. “Solidarity Painting is here today and will be here tomorrow, outlasting the boom and bust cycles of the painting industry,” says Mr. Kuzmicki. “We stand behind our work with a five-year unconditional guarantee; we’re that confident in our workmanship.”

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Company Philosophy

“Everyone claims to be the best. Solidarity Painting has built a solid reputation by keeping promises. We have earned the admiration and praise of our clients, and will continue to work hard to justify their trust. Our high satisfaction ratings reflect our commitment to customer service. We believe a customer should get what they pay for…and more. Too often in today’s world, this is not the case. We try to instill that kind of confidence in all our customers, from the moment we meet until the day we complete the project.”

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Comparative Summary

Maintaining customer satisfaction is a crucial aspect of any business, but it’s even more important for painting companies that have earned the prestigious Diamond Certified award. For Solidarity Painting, Inc., the key to achieving and maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction is combining high-quality services with an unconditional five-year warranty that’s rarely seen in the industry. “Our ability to satisfy our customers has been a very important part of our success,” says owner Greg Kuzmicki. “Not only do we get the positive feeling of a job well done, but those people also tell their friends and neighbors and spread the word.”

Solidarity Painting, Inc. has been providing interior and exterior painting services for residential clients throughout the North Bay since 1990. In addition to painting all types of properties, the family-owned and operated company performs waterproofing and restoration work, repairs trim, removes popcorn ceiling and wallpaper, and more. For a complete list of services and to see photos of past products, potential customers can visit www.solidarityinc.com.

Unlike painting companies that hire inexperienced painters in an effort to save on operating costs, Solidarity Painting, Waterproofing & Restoration employs only highly trained painting professionals who have many years of experience working for Mr. Kuzmicki. “My crew members are all very skilled and share my goal of maintaining customer loyalty,” he says. “I trust them to do the job right the first time, and they never disappoint me.”

Another attribute that sets Solidarity Painting, Inc. apart from its competition is its ability to work on homes that are difficult to access, including properties on hillsides and cliffs that require sling stages in order to safely paint. “Most painting companies won’t take on these types of jobs, but that’s one of our specialties,” says Mr. Kuzmicki. “Also, we don’t have to call in another contractor if we find dry rot or other problems, which means we can complete projects without excessive delays.”

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Industry Info

Make sure your painting contractor checks for dry rot before doing any work. Dry rot is typically caused when poor paint sealer or caulking allows water to seep into a wood surface. Once dry rot becomes prevalent in your home, the only solution is to remove and replace the rotted wood, which is why it’s so important to make sure your painting contractor has the proper knowledge and training to deal with the situation.
There’s no point to painting over dry rot, and a professional painter won’t do it if you ask, but a lot of painters only look at the surfaces to be painted and miss the dry rot entirely. “Make sure your painter fully primes all surfaces before painting and caulking them,” advises Greg Kuzmicki, owner of Solidarity Painting, Waterproofing & Restoration in Santa Rosa. “During the estimation process, your painter should check every area of your house—not only at eye level, but at lower and higher levels as well—and feel for soft spots that indicate dry rot. If dry rot is discovered, make sure the replacement is included in the estimate before work begins.”
When it comes to comparing estimates from different painters, Mr. Kuzmicki recommends taking an “apples to apples” approach. “Typically, the most expensive aspect of a painting project isn’t the paint itself, but rather the labor involved in applying the paint and preparing the surface,” he says. “As with anything, you get what you pay for in terms of thoroughness, attention to detail and workmanship.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much will my painting project cost?

A: It depends on a variety of factors, including the type and size of the area to be painted, the type of windows and other trim work, the amount and quality of the paint, the level of protection needed for plants and furniture, and the extent of the surface preparation. We’ll provide a detailed estimate that takes all these things into account before any work begins.

Q: How long will it take to paint my house?

A: The process can take as little as four to five days from the time you make the initial call, but it can take longer depending on the condition of your home, the type of work required and the weather conditions (for exterior jobs). We’ll give you an exact time estimate when we submit our bid.

Q: Will you complete my job without interruption?

A: Yes. Weather permitting, we will work every day until your project is completed.

Q: Can you pressure wash my house before painting it?

A: Absolutely. As part of our standard service, we pressure wash every house before we paint it.

Q: What kind of paint do you use?

A: We only use high-quality paints made by industry leaders like Dunn-Edwards, Kelly-Moore and Benjamin Moore. You can request a different brand, but those are our standard paints.

Q: Do you provide free estimates?

A: Yes.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR ADVICE & TIPS FROM Greg Kuzmicki

Expert CONTRIBUTOR PROFILE
  • 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: 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

    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 subsequent repairs can be very costly, which is why dry rot prevention is one of the most important things you can do to protect your home.

    First and second causes
    The main instigator of any dry rot infestation is latent moisture, but there are numerous secondary causes that contribute to its development. One the most common is poor construction. When building a new home, some inexperienced contractors neglect to adequately prime and seal the edges of the siding panels. These structural lapses allow moisture to enter, which creates an ideal environment for dry rot to take root.

    Remove, repair, replace
    Before taking preventative measures, it’s vital to remove any existing dry rot. This means locating all the problem areas in and around your home to ensure a complete eradication. Since dry rot is so detrimental to a home’s structure, removal often involves repairing and replacing things such as siding and window frames.

    Prevention
    Once you have thoroughly removed every trace of dry rot and made the necessary repairs, it’s time to take preventative measures. The best prevention against dry rot is impermeability, so thoroughly prime and seal every gap and joint on your home’s exterior where moisture can penetrate. Before putting up new siding, make sure your panels are primed on all the edges, front and back. Be sure to use a high-quality caulking material for sealing. Don’t be fooled by gimmicks that attest to the longevity of a less expensive product—when it comes to protecting your home, only the best is good enough. By spending a little extra time and money on prevention, you can ensure your home will be safeguarded from dry rot.

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  • Video: Identifying and Treating Dry Rot

    Complete Video Transcription:

    SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: Repairing dry rot can be costly. So, today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Greg Kuzmicki of Solidarity Painting to learn about how you can repair and prevent dry rot.

    Expert Contributor, Greg Kuzmicki: Dry rot on a home is something you don’t really think about, but by the time you notice it, it can get very costly. When new home builders build homes, they don’t back prime the edges or the sides of the panels so you have a lot of water absorption, which causes dry rot down the road. You can see the example on here. This is a bay window and you can see how the water got absorbed into the siding and causes a lot of damage.

    So, here is one more really good example of how the siding was not properly installed. It was never sealed, it was never primed so when you have raw wood over raw wood and the caulking breaks down, the water just absorbs and causes dry rot. So, before you put up new siding, you want to make sure your panels are primed on all the edges, the front and back. This will prevent this from happening – we pulled this away from a chimney, this was the bottom of the chimney, you can see how it’s all disintegrated.

    So, once again, very important to locate all of the problem areas on your home. Number two, remove all the dry rot. Number three, prime all edges on new siding, backs, everything, really, really good. Then use a really good, high quality caulking material. Here’s an example of what you don’t want to use, even though it says 25 year, 35 year, 50 – it don’t make any difference, its all marketing. You do want to use something like this, its Side Winder and even though it’s made by the same brand, this is a very superior product and also this one here, it’s called Lifetime GE, it’s a urethane based, very high quality caulking material.

    Host, Sarah Rutan: Thank you to our Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Greg Kuzmicki of Solidarity Painting. I’m Sarah Rutan.

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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 294 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i
Solidarity Painting, Inc. : Average 9.6 out of 10 based on 294 unique customer surveys of customer satisfaction.

Earl K.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

1 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I think they are conscientious, they are absolutely meticulous in their preparation of your house for painting. I've never encountered a painting service that was this complete from color consult to the actual execution of the job.

They came and evaluated my property and gave me a reasonable estimate. Every day they were at my house, they cleaned up after themselves meticulously. It's a great service. I was completely satisfied and the price for service was great.

Mr K.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

2 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

That they were prompt and I needed some paint matched they were really great. The work was great. We have a large house and they had to put scaffolding up. They were neat and if anything else need to be done they told me about it and they took care of it. I was very, very satisfied. I just felt good about it and everything was good.

The way they treated us, their cleanliness, the cordiality, and their caring. I like that they knew this was my house and they were going to take care of it. It made me feel comfortable.

Mr H.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

3 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Professional, they're on time, they do exactly what they say they'll do, and they just go beyond expectations. That's rare. I have nothing but good things about Solidarity.

They just came right on time, they were professional, they have an efficient crew, they started really quick, and they did a great job. His wife came out and did the colors which was great because we changed our mind seeing it on the house and we were able to bury what we originally planned. The owner was on top of the crew and was actually here to do the prep work himself.

Anthony T.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

4 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I had someone ask a similar question, asking for a painter and I said that they do a to 'A+' type work, and the detail and the quality of the work is premiere. Their quality of work is an 'A'.

The quality of work, they were here for a couple days, but the products they used, the quality of work and the detail to their work was second to none. I'm very satisfied.

Mr C.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

5 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

It's about the cheapest company around but they do a good enough job that it's worth the extra money.

They did what they said they would. They were terrific and I was completely satisfied.

Mrs D.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

6 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're very thorough and they always do a good job. The keep in contact with the customers all the time and they just provide excellent services. All the team members and the people that work for them are very conscientious. I highly recommend them.

Quality

Mr W.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

7 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I'd say they were very thorough they did a wonderful prep job before the actual painting. They're very, very good with finding the right colors for your house. They have a lot of expertise with that and helping you decide what colors to use. They did a good job.

I would say the prep work. They did a huge amount of caulking and prepping of the wood and walls. That took longer than the painting. I was very pleased with all the preparation.

Mr D.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

8 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would say that they are incredibly well priced, they're very fast, and they do precise old European craftsmanship, so you get the price, the speed, and the quality.

Their knowledge and attention to detail, and they just fixed and did things that other painters don't do that they just did as a matter of course. They were just the best painters that I've ever had.

Mr B.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

9 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would tell a friend that they cut no corners and your paint job will be as good as it can be.

The attention to detail, and with painting it's all about doing a good job with prep work. They did a phenomenal job with the prep, and an excellent job with the painting. I want to make sure my home is protected and looking good. I was told they did it better than anyone else and I was not disappointed. He did a very good job.

Mr M.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

10 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were great. I've already recommend them to our neighbors and they used them and they were very happy with them.

They came out, they did their job, they did a pre-job as far as putting samples on the house so you knew you were happy. They did the job they were great, they cleaned up after themselves. I'd recommend them in an instant. They were the Tops, their crew and everyone was wonderful.

Mr N.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

11 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Well we've used them for 15 years.

They do such a very good job.

Pauline W.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

12 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

If you want a good quality job, they do that very much. They were more expensive than some but well worth it because they went well beyond painting. They did whatever needed to be done to make the job right.

The service, the wife was very helpful and came down to talk to me quite a few times, the men that came and worked were very friendly and professional. He has everything in line to do the job right. I was very happy with it.

Mr G.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

13 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're pretty good.

The quality is good.

Mr F.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

14 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Dependable, always on time, answer questions, and go beyond what I would expect.

Overall good job, there was nothing they didn't do right. They cleaned up beautifully afterwards and they did a really good job, much better than the painter I had years ago.

Mr L.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

15 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

If you want a good paint job where everything looks clean and nice and neat when they leave, get these guys. The people that work for them are just very efficient, they clean up after themselves, and they don't waste time. Quality is very important to me.

I liked the owner and his wife very much. She came over and helped me pick out paint colors. His crew was very helpful, very nice, and very accommodating.

Allan K.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

16 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

That's basically a company you can trust.

The attitude and the friendliness of Greg and the crew

Xavier B.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

17 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were great.

They did a good job.

Mr B.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

18 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They did a very good job, they were very friendly, and they were honest.

They were very friendly, cooperative, and efficient. You can put that down. The efficiency was one of the big things.

Mr H.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

19 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Definitely use them.

Their professional attitude and they way they took care of the property

John G.

VERIFIED Solidarity Painting, Inc. CUSTOMER

20 of 294

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Attention to detail

They finished the job in a timely manner, and their clean-up is good.

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