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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 Santa Clara County – Painting – Contractor CATEGORY

Cleve Dayton is owner of The Painting Pros, a Diamond Certified company since 2002. He can be reached at (408) 622-0418 or by email.

Cleve Dayton

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Cleve Dayton: True Calling

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

LOS GATOS — Like many high school graduates in search of direction, a young Cleve Dayton had hoped to discover his professional livelihood in the academic realm. However, it wasn’t until he looked beyond the classroom that he found his true calling. “I was attending junior college, basically just trying to find my way, when I became acquainted with the owner of a local painting company,” he recalls. “After a while, he invited me to come and work for him. As a detail-oriented person, I found a lot of satisfaction in painting, both in performing the work and seeing the end results. After about four years, I realized I was a painter, so I got my license and started my own business.”

Today, more than 35 years after founding The Painting Pros, Cleve says that while he no longer performs the physical work, he finds equivalent satisfaction from handling the operational side of things. “I enjoy running and developing the business, from the sales and marketing aspects to interacting with customers and making sure they’re satisfied.”

A lifelong resident of Los Gatos, where he lives with his wife, Karen, Cleve enjoys being part of the community in which he grew up. “Los Gatos is my home—I’ve never found another place I’d rather live,” he says. “I’m very involved in the community, and I even serve on the Board of Directors for the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce.”

Outside of work, Cleve’s primary hobby is playing and performing music, an interest he’s pursued since his youth. “My wife and I play in a local rock band called Rusty—I’m the guitarist and she’s the singer,” he says. “Oddly enough, almost every member of the band is a past customer of mine. While on the job, I’d see a drum set or keyboard and we’d start talking. Next thing you know, we’re jamming together!” In addition to playing music, Cleve enjoys videography; photography; and spending time with his son, Daniel, and his three grandchildren.

In his life and career, Cleve has found that true success requires exceptional effort. “I once read that successful people think about what will get results, while unsuccessful people think about what will be easiest,” he explains. “That’s why my guys and I always go the extra mile to please our customers. I think that’s why we get such good reviews—our goal is simply to do the best possible job and make people happy.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Cleve says he’d take a trip that would incorporate several of his interests. “I’d book a photography safari and take my guitar with me. Traveling, photography and music—put all three of those together and I’d be fine.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite band?
A: The Beatles.

Q: Which guitarists have influenced you the most?
A: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Viva! Neighborhood Eatery of Los Gatos.

Q: If you had a theme song, what would it be?
A: “Let It Be” by the Beatles.

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

Q: What were you most known for in high school?
A: My long hair.

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How to Apply Water-Based Paint Over An Oil-Based Surface

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LOS GATOS — While environmentally-friendly materials offer a healthier approach to home improvement, they aren’t always compatible when used alongside traditional ones. One example of this is using a water-based paint on an oil-based surface. While it may take a… Read more

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Ilan Sigura is a lifetime veteran of the construction industry and CEO of Sigura Construction, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2007. He can be reached at (408) 372-8945 or by email.

Ilan Sigura

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Ilan Sigura: An Integral Career

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SANTA CLARA — By the time he reached early adulthood, Ilan Sigura had already established deep roots in the construction industry. Even when he tried his hand at a new profession, it wasn’t long before he returned to the field that had become an integral part of his identity. “My father was a contractor, and he began teaching me the trade when I was just a boy,” he explains. “Later, as a college student, I decided to study computer science. After I graduated, I spent a couple of months engineering software for a tech company, but I didn’t like it at all. I felt insignificant working at a large company and my work had no direct impact on the lives of others. This was a stark contrast from construction, where I got to interact with people and see the results of my work firsthand. Ultimately, I decided to go back to doing what I knew best.”

Today, as owner of Sigura Pro Painting, Ilan says his favorite part of his job is the pride he takes in his company’s reputation. “Between my production team, my estimators and my guys in the field, I run a fairly large operation. As we continue to receive high customer satisfaction ratings, it’s an indication that we’re doing very well, which I find very satisfying.”

Originally from Israel, Ilan came to the United States in 1990 to attend college in New Jersey. “My plan was to return home and run my father’s business after graduating, but as it turned out, I fell in love with this country and never went back.” After migrating to the Bay Area for what was to be a brief stint in the tech field, Ilan settled in Sunnyvale, where he now lives with his wife, Rinat, and their five children. When asked his favorite part about living in the Bay Area, he expresses his appreciation of the diverse local landscape. “I like being outdoors, and there are lots of opportunities for that here. With so much to explore and so much variety, it never gets boring.”

Outside of work, Ilan spends the bulk of his time with his family. “My wife and I believe in giving our kids skills so they can grow up to be confident and independent,” he says. “We like taking them camping and sightseeing, as well as doing activities like riding quads and jet skiing.” Additionally, Ilan extends his passion for construction to his home environment. “I do a lot of home improvement projects, which keeps me working with my hands and helps me stay in touch with my trade.”

In his life and career, Ilan says he never forgets to consider the impact of his work on future generations. “As a professional, I believe in doing things honestly and with integrity—not only because what goes around comes around, but because we need to leave a good place for our children to inherit. That’s why my team and I make an effort to implement eco-friendly measures in our work whenever possible. With everything we do, we want to make sure we’re doing right by the planet and the people who inhabit it.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Ilan says it’s a doubtful scenario. “I don’t think I’ll ever retire—I’ll always want to work. But if I did retire, I’d spend more time with my wife and kids. After all, they’re the most important things to me.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Summer—I come from a warm country, so I like the heat.

Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: The past, just because things used to be simpler and more innocent back when I was growing up.

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

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: Both. I usually get about four hours of sleep each night.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Satsuma Sushi in Mountain View.

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Options for Addressing a Lead Paint Hazard

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SANTA CLARA — Everyone knows lead paint represents a health hazard, but many homeowners are unsure of the specific circumstances under which it’s a concern. In general, if your home was built or painted before 1978 (when lead paint was officially banned),… 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

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

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

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Cupertino
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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
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Painting Contractor in Santa Clara County

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, interior, kitchen repainting, bedroom painting, new paint throughout the house, trim painting or popcorn ceiling painting)?
  • Are there any changes or repairs I’d like to have made before the contractors start the job (repairing moulding and trim, repairing wall damage, walls texturizing, new windows and doors, etc.)?
  • How much can I spend on the house painting?
  • Am I looking for decorative or faux painting? If so, is there a specific type of decorative painting I want? (You may need to hire a painter who has experience in that speciality.)
  • Do I want to carry on the same color scheme, or do I want bold paint or a drastic color change?
  • Am I going to live in this home long-term? Or do I plan to sell or rent out this house?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Santa Clara County painting contractor to have? (These may include superior communication skills, promptness, honesty, dependability and cleanliness.)
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What To Ask In Person
Interview Questions to Ask Painters in Person

When you’ve found a painting contractor you like, you should interview them in person or invite them to see your painting project for an estimate. The following are some questions you may want to ask as you move forward with your final decision.

  • How much time will it take you to repaint my home?
  • How many coats of paint will my job require?
  • How do you complete painting estimate?
  • Is the estimate based on time and materials or do you charge a flat rate for painting estimates?
  • Will you do a pre- and post-painting inspection?
  • Have you completed any exterior painting work in my area of Santa Clara County that I can see from the street?
  • How would I handle further service issues?
  • Do you provide warrantees on your work and the paints you use?
  • Can I do anything to make the painting process easier?
  • Will you give me a list of recent customers I can call as references?
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  • What To Ask References
    Hear 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 painters can’t pass. If you want quality from a painter in Santa Clara 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 do 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 references, ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were pleased with the work.

    • Were you satisfied with the painting services you received from _(painting company name)_?
    • What type of painting did they do for you (interior or exterior painting, kitchen painting, living room painting, ceiling painting, accent wall painting, etc.)
    • Did the painters finish the work on time?
    • Did the contractor have good communication skills?
    • If you live in a smaller town such as Blossom Valley, Stanford, New Almaden, San Martin, Holy City, Los Altos Hills or Monte Vista or in the rural Santa Clara County area, did they charge extra to drive to your home?
    • Did the 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 Santa Clara County 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 painters, answer the following questions to assist you in choosing the right company:

    • Can the painting contractors in Santa Clara County meet your needs for the types of painting services and budget concerns?
    • Are the painters knowledgeable about the paint brands and techniques they use?
    • Will the painting contractors explain the specific needs of your job?
    • Is the Santa Clara painting company sensitive to your budget? Will they offer brands and services that match your resources? Many local painting contractors will give you bids for options including choices in paint selection, number of coats, brands and services.
    • Do the painters you’ve talked to offer written warranties on their work and materials?
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  • How To Work With
    How to Benefit from Hiring Good Painting Contractors in Santa Clara County

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

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

    You may write into the contract any special requests or put into writing the verbal agreements you’ve made with the painting company representative. 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. Before the work begins, schedule a walk through with the 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.

    Get Ready for New Interior and Exterior Painting
    Professional painters in San Jose, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Milpitas and throughout Santa Clara 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. Remove all furniture, decor, rugs, and other objects from the rooms slated for painting. Anything that’s not removed should be pushed to the center of the room and covered with drop cloths or plastic. You may want to store heirlooms and expensive items that are in high-traffic areas to prevent them from being broken or damaged. Some painters will move and cover furniture, but there may be an additional charge for this service. Ask about who should prepare the room for painting, and, if the painters offer the service, how much they charge. It may be worth it to you to have them do it, or you may be able to knock a few hours worth of time from your final bill by doing it yourself.

    Provide enough clearance and parking space for work trucks. Some painting companies have large work trucks that require more clearance or parking space than standard vehicles. Contact the 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 bushes before exterior painting. If you’re hiring an Santa Clara 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 away. Your painters will be focused on the work and shouldn’t have to watch out for children and pets. Close off the rooms you’re having painted and keep pets and children away until after the work is done and the paint is completely dry and cured. This will prevent accidents, possible injury and the expense of touch-ups and repainting.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Benefit From Being a Good Painting Company Customer

    The following are a few easy steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Santa Clara County painting contractor, including those in Sunnyvale, San Jose, Campbell, Morgan Hill, Mountain View and Cupertino.

    • Tell the company representative what you expect from your new paint job, the long-term outcome you’re planning on and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way in maintaining a good working relationship.
    • Before you hire a painting contractor, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to your understanding of the contract. Most problems occur because of communication breakdowns. But by being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your contractor if he will call you with updates about your job or if you should call for progress reports on the painting.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times. The work will move along more smoothly if the company can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or additional work authorization
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the painting on schedule.
    • Pay your painting contractor on time.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Painters appreciate customers who are straightforward, open and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and contributes to a good working relationship.

    The house painting services may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Review the Invoice and the House Painting Work

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 product guarantees provided by the paint manufacturers and the painting company.
  • It’s smart to compare the completed work to what was promised on the official invoice. Ask your painting company representative to walk through the job site with you and show you the work. During the walk-through, ask if there are any specific instructions for maintaining your new paint. If you have questions about the work that was done or the materials used, now is the time to ask.
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Written Warranties
Get Warrantees in Writing from Santa Clara County Painters

Most good painting contractors warranty their work and the materials they’ve used. All warranty details should be provided to you in writing when you sign the contract or at the completion of the job.
This written warranty should include:

  • The painting contractor’s name and physical address.
  • A list of products and services that are covered, including whether the contractor will replace the paint or repaint in the event of product failure.
  • Your responsibility when filing warranty claims (i.e., whether you have to pay for labor or new materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount based on when the failure occurs).
  • Terms, restrictions and exclusions that impact your painting warranties.
  • If the warranties transfer to the new owner if you sell your home.
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Top 10 Requests
Popular Painting Service Requests for Local Painters in Santa Clara County

The top requests for residential painting services in Santa Clara County including those in Santa Clara, Milpitas, Mountain View, San Jose and Sunnyvale and the surrounding areas are listed below. The paragraphs below the table define each painting service request.

Paint Color Selection Services
Paint color selection is a service many painting companies in Santa Clara County offer. The paint selection process involves 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.

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

Interior Painting
Painting on the interior surfaces of a home is referred to as interior painting. Interior paint for walls and ceilings comes in many colors and finishes, including faux and decorative finishes, wood stains, clear finish, matte paint, glossy paint and texturized paint. Many modern interior paints are available in ecologically aware 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.

Industrial Painting Services
Industrial painting services in Santa Clara 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 in Santa Clara County
Painting services encompass all paint products and painting specialties offered by local painting companies in Santa Clara County. Popular painting services include house painting, interior painting, exterior painting, residential painting, commercial painting, preparation, spray painting and paint rolling.

Top House Paint Brand Requests

  • Valspar Paint
  • Dutch Boy
  • Kelly-Moore
  • Glidden Paint
  • Dulux Paint
  • ICI
  • Sherwin-Williams Paint
  • Behr
  • Benjamin Moore
  • Olympic Paint
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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Santa Clara County Painting Services

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

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 paint
Elastomeric finishes are thick, flexible and waterproof rubberized paints. Elastomerics create a waterproof barrier on almost any surface, including masonry and stucco. Elastomeric paints are generally used on home exteriors 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 finish
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. 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 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 finishes
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 finish, flat finish paint, 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 finishes
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 commonly applied to wood and furniture.

Also known as: lacquer, 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. The metal flakes are reflective and create a shimmery, luminous appearance. Metallic paints are often used on accent walls and with dark paints in large rooms.

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

primers
Coats of primers are painted onto 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, priming, 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 paints
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
Santa Clara County Painting FAQ

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Painting Contractor in Santa Clara County?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a local painter with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local painting companies that 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 when choosing a Diamond Certified painting company in the Santa Clara area.

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 semigloss. 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: My exterior paint is peeling. What can I do about it?
A: Some paint will peel when exposed to moisture and harsh weather. Your paint may be peeling because it is the wrong paint for the surface, it was applied poorly, or the surface was not properly prepared before painting. If your paint is already 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 Santa Clara County, call them back and explain the situation. Good painters will usually stand behind their work, and they may repaint your home based on the warranty.

Remove the entire peeling 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 Santa Clara County painting company to assess the damage and advise you on your specific situation.

Q: Should I be concerned about lead paint?
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.

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 Santa Clara County will test for lead paint, and lead paint tests are available at most hardware stores for DIY lead paint testing.

Q: What are low-VOC and no-VOC paints?
A: VOCs are volatile organic compounds that emit potentially harmful gasses over time. Paints, lacquers, varnishes, paint thinners and paint removers often contain such chemicals. Paints with lower concentrations of these toxic compounds and paint brands that offer products with no VOC content are available. These paints and finishes are durable, cost effective and less harmful than traditional paints. Ask your Santa Clara County painting contractor 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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