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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 San Mateo County – Painting – Contractor CATEGORY

Shawn Park is a second-generation painting professional and general manager of T & J Painting, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (650) 924-1976 or by email.

Shawn Park

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Shawn Park: Made in the Shade

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE — After he graduated high school, Shawn Park could’ve pursued any career he wanted, but he ultimately chose to follow in his father’s footsteps. “My dad, Tony, has been painting in the Bay Area for about 20 years, and after high school, I started working for him full-time,” he says. “I’ve always found the trade to be pretty interesting, and I enjoy meeting different people every day. Plus, the hands-on training I’ve received from my dad is something I couldn’t get by going to school or doing an internship. Overall, I’ve found that learning a trade is difficult but also very rewarding.”

Today, as general manager of T & J Painting, Shawn says his favorite part of his job is furthering the company’s good reputation. “Unfortunately, our industry has its share of shady companies that mislead customers and let them down. That’s why I take a lot of pride in earning our customers’ trust, delivering on our promises and maintaining our positive reputation. Of course, I also love hearing customers tell me they’re happy with our work.”

A resident of San Jose, Shawn spends much of his time outside of work taking advantage of the diverse local landscape. “My generation grew up immersed in electronics, so I find that a lot of people my age don’t appreciate all the natural beauty and outdoor activities we have access to here in the Bay Area. Whenever I have the time, I try to get outdoors, whether it’s hiking at Alamere Falls or mountain biking and surfing in Santa Cruz.”

In his life and career, Shawn espouses the importance of maintaining a respectful attitude toward others. “I’ve found that if you take care of your customers, they’ll take care of you, which is why I always make sure we do our part and deliver what’s in our contract,” he explains. “That’s pretty much how I live my life as well. Ultimately, I think it just comes down to doing your part and treating others with respect.”

When asked what he expects his personal and professional future to look like, Shawn says it’s yet to be determined. “My dad has a great success story: Originally from Korea, he came to the United States and found success by starting his own business. Other than following in his footsteps, I don’t really have my own story yet, so I have to make one. I guess I’d better make it interesting!”

Ask Me Anything!

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

Q: What’s the most death-defying feat you’ve ever attempted?
A: Climbing about 20 feet up a rock wall without any harnesses. It was the scariest thing I’ve done in my life—about halfway up, I was regretting it.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Kettle corn.

Q: Who makes you laugh?
A: Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle and Lavell Crawford.

Q: What was your favorite Halloween costume as a child?
A: Wolverine.

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How to Protect Painted Exterior Metal

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SAN JOSE — A common occurrence with painted metal railings or fences is premature chipping and fading caused by weather damage and sun exposure. Fortunately, with a little maintenance, you can repair this damage and add some extra durability to your paint… Read more

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Ken Slosarik is a 27-year veteran of the painting industry and owner of El Gato Painting & Restoration, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (650) 924-2960 or by email.

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Ken Slosarik: Results-Driven

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SUNNYVALE — Not many people would equate house painting with rocket science, but for Ken Slosarik, the connection isn’t all that distant. “My dad was a rocket engineer, so he was always building complicated things, which definitely had an influence on me and my older brother,” he explains. “However, we lacked the patience for the level of complexity he was dealing with—we were more results-driven, which is why we gravitated toward the construction field. Years later, I helped my brother when he started a painting business and eventually got involved in other aspects of construction.”

While Ken spent most of his early career doing hands-on work, it was an opportunity to enter the sales side of the industry that led him to where he is today. “I knew the owner of a local painting company who was in need of a sales representative, and I offered to fill the position,” he recounts. “Over time, I moved up through the ranks and became his right-hand man. After he passed away, I took over ownership of the business.”

Twenty-five years later, as owner of El Gato Painting & Restoration, Inc., Ken says he continues to derive fulfillment from seeing the results of his work. “I find it very satisfying to watch our company operating smoothly and doing great work. When a customer is happy with the final product and tells me what a great job our guys did, that confirms we’re doing things right, which makes me feels good.”

A longtime resident of the South Bay, Ken expresses his appreciation for the cutting-edge character of the Silicon Valley milieu. “San Jose is one of the great economic engines of the world,” he says. “It seems that no matter what’s going on in the world or the economy, the people here continue to innovate and make things happen. Plus, when new technologies emerge, we’re the first to get them, so it’s just an exciting place to live.”

Outside of work, Ken engages in active pastimes like fitness and outdoor exploration. “I try to do some sort of exercise every day, whether it’s running, swimming or light weightlifting,” he says. “I’m also very big into backpacking—I take three or four trips a year to places like Yosemite and the Sierras.” Ken also enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Andrea, his daughters, Sydney and Sonya, and his stepdaughters, Sabrina and Samantha.

In his life and career, Ken espouses the importance of continually broadening his horizons. “I’m always striving to improve,” he says. “I like learning new things and growing, whether by attending industry seminars, reading books or doing online research. I also make it a point to expose my kids to new things and give them opportunities to have their own experiences.”

When asked what his future retirement might look like, Ken says he’d continue to keep a hand in his professional field. “I can see myself backing off a bit from the day-to-day stuff, but I don’t see myself fully retiring. These days, I’m doing a lot of real estate rehabs, which is really fun, so I’ll probably put more effort into that. Of course, I’d also like to do some more traveling.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Probably England, France and Spain. Up until now, all my traveling has been limited to North America, so I look forward to doing more overseas travelling in the future.

Q: What kinds of books do you like to read?
A: I used to primarily read business and self-improvement books, but recently I’ve been branching out into fiction, particularly sci-fi and thriller novels.

Q: Reality TV or documentaries?
A: Reality TV—I enjoy all the home renovation shows.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Christmas. Every year, my family and I go to San Francisco and spend a day in Union Square, so that’s something I always look forward to.

Q: What’s the most death-defying feat you’ve ever attempted?
A: Skydiving.

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The Importance of Priming

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SUNNYVALE — One of the most common mistakes people make when painting their homes is neglecting to use primer. In reality, primer and paint work as a team: the primer gives the paint a clean, stable surface to stick to, while the… Read more

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SELECTED PHOTOS FROM THESE TOP RATED COMPANIES

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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

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

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

Atherton
Belmont
Brisbane
Broadmoor Village
Burlingame
Colma
Daly City
East Palo Alto
El Granada
Emerald Hills
Foster City
Half Moon Bay
Hillsborough
La Honda
Loma Mar
Menlo Park
Millbrae
Montara
Moss Beach
Pacifica
Palomar Park
Pescadero
Portola Valley
Princeton by the Sea
Redwood City
San Bruno
San Carlos
San Gregorio
San Mateo
Sharp Park
South SF
West Menlo Park
Woodside

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

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

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

Think about these questions to get you started:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Low VOC Paint

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

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

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

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

Top 10 Brand Requests

  1. Sherwin-Williams Paint
  2. Behr Paint
  3. Valspar Paint
  4. Dutch Boy Paint
  5. Kelly-Moore Paint
  6. Glidden Paint
  7. Dulux Paint
  8. ICI Paint
  9. Benjamin Moore Paint
  10. Olympic Paint
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Glossary Of Terms
House Painting Glossary for Customers in San Mateo County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also known as: acrylic paint, acrylic latex paint

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Frequently Asked Questions
San Mateo Painting Company FAQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: What is the difference between paint finishes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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