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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.

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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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  • Benjamin Moore

  • Dunn-Edwards

  • Rust-Oleum

  • Cabot

  • Behr

  • Armstrong

  • Sherwin Williams

  • Farrow and Ball

  • Penofin

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

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

Birds Landing
Green Valley
Liberty Farms
Maine Prairie
Mare Island
Nut Tree
Rio Vista
Suisun City
Travis Air Force Base

Agua Caliente
Alexander Valley
Bodega Bay
Boyes Hot Springs
Camp Meeker
Duncans Mills
El Verano
Fetters Hot Springs
Fort Ross
Glen Ellen
Mark West
Monte Rio
Rio Nido
Rohnert Park
Russian River
Russian River Meadows
Salmon Creek
Santa Rosa
Stewarts Point Rancheria
the Geysers
Sea Ranch
Two Rock
Valley Ford
Villa Grande

Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) (http://www.pdca.org/)
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/)
Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)

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

Before talking with local painters, decide on the details of your upcoming painting project. For example, know which areas of your home you want painted, the colors you’re looking for, whether you want special painting effects or faux painting, and the timeline in which you want the work done.
Here are some basic 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 Performance Guarantee?
  • Which areas of my home need to be painted (i.e. exterior painting, kitchen painting, bathroom repainting, ceiling repainting, etc.)?
  • Are there any changes or repairs I’d like to have made before the painting contractors start the job (room renovations, popcorn ceiling removal, repair wall damage, install new drywall, etc.)?
  • What is my house painting budget?
  • Do I have a color scheme or decorative painting ideas in mind?
  • Is this a home I plan to live in long-term? Or is this a rental property or house that that will have new occupants?
  • What characteristics do I want my Solano County painting contractors to have? (These may include honesty, dependability, diligence and cleanliness.)
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What To Ask In Person
Interview Questions to Ask Solano County Painters in Person

When you’ve found a painting contractor you like and trust, you may want to discuss the specifics of your job with them or invite them to see your painting project in person.

These are some questions you may want to ask:

  • How much time will it take you to repaint my home?
  • How many coats of paint will you apply?
  • Are your painting estimates based on time and materials or a flat rate system?
  • How firm is the original estimate? If the paint job is more complicated or takes longerthan you’d expected, will I be responsible for the additional cost?
  • Will you inspect the surface before and after you’ve painted? (This can help the contractor see potential problems before starting the work and any missed spots, drips and spatters after the work is done.)
  • Have you completed any exterior house painting in my area of Solano County that I can see from the street?
  • How would I handle further service issues? Will you come back and repair any damaged paint or provide warrantees on your work and materials?
  • What can I do to make the painting process easier?
  • Will you give me your 10 most recent customers that 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 Solano County and the greater North Bay, you will feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified painting company. Diamond Certified reports are available for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews, because all research is conducted via live telephone interviews of real 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 on your own, ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were pleased with the work.

    Questions you may want to ask painting company clients include these:

    • 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 Travis Air Force Base, Mare Island, Liberty Farms, Bucktown, Collinsville or Green Valley or rural areas of the Bay-Delta Region, did the painters charge extra to come to your home?
    • Did the painting company staff show up on time for work?
    • Did they clean up at the end of the day and when the repainting was complete?
    • When you need new painting in the future, will you consider hiring this painter again?
    • Have you recommended this painting company to your friends and family?
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  • Review Your Options
    Consider Your Options Before Hiring A Solano 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 some local painters, answer the following questions to make your final choice:

    • Can a painting company in Solano County meet your needs for paint job scheduling, paint brands and quality, painting techniques, customer service and experience?
    • Did the painting contractors explain the specific needs of your job and why they recommended the brands and services they did?
    • Is the Solano painting company sensitive to your finances?Will they offer brands and services that match your budget? Many painting contractors will give you different bids that include choices in paint grade, number of coats, paint brands and services.
    • Do the painters offer written warranties on their work?
    • Do they offer warranties on the paints they use?
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  • How To Work With
    How to Benefit from Painting Services in Solano County

    Now that you’ve found the local painting company in Solano County that meets all your ideals, ask for a contract. This should include written details on the price, grade and type of paints to be used, the start date and expected completion date.

    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. 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 that serve cities including Vallejo, Suisun City, Fairfield, Vacaville and Benicia and throughout Solano 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, window coverings, decor, rugs, and other objects from the rooms that will be painted. Anything that’s not removed should be gathered in the center of the room and covered with drop cloths or plastic. Store away any heirlooms or expensive items that are in high-traffic areas of your home to prevent them from being accidentally broken or damaged.

    Some painters move and cover furniture, but may charge extra for this service. Ask who should prepare the room for painting, and, if the painters can, how much they charge. It may be worth your time to have them do it, or you may be able to save some money 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 Solano 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. Painting contractors shouldn’t have to watch out for children and pets while they’re working. Instead, block off the rooms to be painted and keep pets and kids away until after the work is completed and the paint is totally dry. This will prevent accidents, injury and added expenses for touch-ups and repainting.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    How to Be a Good Painting Company Customer In Solano County

    It’s the responsibility of the contractors to use the best quality paints and the best possible painting techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your new paint, too. Here are a few easy steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Solano County painting company, including those in Dixon, Benicia, Vacaville, Fairfield, Vallejo, Suisun City and Rio Vista.

    • Let the company representative know what you want from your new paint job, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • A friendly smile goes a long way.
    • 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.
    • 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 when the payment is due.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Painters value customers who are honest, fair and easy to work with. Your good customer approach to the work sets the tone from your end and fosters a good working relationship. The painting job may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved for good customers.

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Check The Work
Review the Invoice and the Completed Painting

When the new painting is finished, most good painters will give you a written invoice. This usually includes:
The painting contractor’s name, physical address and state license number.

  • A list of all painting services rendered.
  • An itemized list of paint and 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.

Once the work is done, ask your painting company representative to walk with you through the job site and show you the completed work. Check what was done against the invoice to verify that everything was done in the way promised. During the walk-through, ask for instructions for maintaining your new paint. If you have questions about the work that was done, the materials used or the warranty coverage, now is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Get Warrantees in Writing from Solano County Painters

Most good painting contractors warranty their work and the paints and materials they’ve applied. All warranty details should be provided in writing before you signed the contract phase or at the completion of the job.

This written warranty should include:

  • The contractor’s name and physical address.
  • What products and painting services are covered by the warranty. This should also includewhether the contractor will replace or repair your paint in the event of product failure.
  • Your liability if you file a warranty claim (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.
  • If the warranties transfer to the new owner if you sell your home.
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Top 10 Requests
Top Painting Service Requests for Painters in Solano County

The top 10 requests for residential painting services in Solano County including those in Vacaville, Benicia, Dixon, Suisun City, Vallejo, Suisun City, Fairfield and the surrounding Bay-Delta Region areas are listed below.

Paint Color Selection
Many larger painting companies in Solano County offer paint color selection services. This usually involves possible paint color choices, a review of existing colors in the home and matching to the overall room and decoration scheme. Paint matching 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 Services
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 Paints
Low VOC paints have lower quantities of volatile organic compounds, or potentially harmful chemicals. Low-VOC paints, often known as green paints or eco-friendly 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, especially for children and those with breathing problems or chemical sensitivity.

Industrial Painting Services
Industrial painting services in Solano 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 Solano 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. ICI Paint
  2. Benjamin Moore
  3. Olympic Paint
  4. Behr Paint
  5. Valspar
  6. Dutch Boy Paint
  7. Kelly-Moore Paint
  8. Sherwin-Williams Paint
  9. Glidden
  10. Dulux Paint
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Glossary Of Terms
Residential Painting Terms for Solano County Homeowners

The following painting services terms and definitions will help you better communicate with your Solano County painting contractor and give you insight into the terms and painting services they provide.

acrylic latex 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 paint, acrylic enamel, acrylic interior paint, acrylic exterior paint, acrylic painting, acrylics

antique finish / antique 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, antique faux finishing, antiqued wood painting, faux antique finish, antique oil finish, shabby chic painting, antique painting, distressed paint, distressing, aged-look painting, country-antique finish

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

decorative painting
decorative painting encompasses a wide range of faux painting techniques used to make one surface appear like another. Some decorative painting creates the illusion of depth or texture to regular walls. Common faux finishes and decorative painting techniques include: wall texturizing, color washing, paint combing, glazing, marbling, faux wood grain, rag painting/ragging, wall stenciling, metallic paints, plaster of Paris, Venetian plaster, 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, faux finishing

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

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

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

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

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 paint is the most common paint 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

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 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 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

staining / 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. Staining is often done to permanently stain the surface of wood, trim, wood walls and wood furniture.

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
Solano Painting Company FAQ

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Painting Contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a Solano County painter with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local painters 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 can cause lead poisoning in children and adults, and severe exposure can lead to brain damage and slowed physical development. Lead-based paints were used on interior and exterior surfaces of homes before 1978. Lead paint contamination isn’t usually a problem if the old paint is covered with new paint. However, if the paint chips, cracks, peels or is scraped, the lead paint underneath can become exposed and pose a threat to children, pets and those who come in contact with it.

Painting contractors legally need to take extra precautions when removing lead paint. These usually include sealing off the rest of the home, wearing respirators while removing the paint, disposing of the clothes worn while removing lead paint, special containment procedures for removed paint chips and filtration systems and post-removal cleaning procedures to remove all lead particles from the home and surrounding area. 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 has 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 Solano 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: It is possible for you to paint your own home. If the area you want to paint is small or you have painting experience, 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 finish 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 this by requesting detailed bids that are itemized to include quality and brand of paint materials, paint application details and number of coats.

Q: Why is my exterior paint is peeling?
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 Solano 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.

Q: What can I do about peeling house paint?
A: The best way to deal with peeling paint is to remove the entire coat of paint, not just the area that’s peeling. 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 Solano 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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