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    C B Paint & Decor, Inc. Logo
    Santa Barbara, CA·

    House painting, Cabinet refinishing, Wood finishes , and 2 more

    "Chris was easy to work with and very clear on what the job entailed. The painters, Edgar and his partner did not need supervision, if there was an issue or question they contacted me immediately and all was resolved in a matter of minutes."

    Thom K. in February 2023

    Paint - Tech Restoration Logo
    Santa Maria, CA·

    Cabinet Refinishing / Lacquered finishes, Popcorn ceiling removal, repairs, textures/ Stucco Repairs., Residential / Commercial Painting Specialist , and 2 more

    "They were very efficient, neat and professional . I will definitely call them again if the need arises."

    Mary jean W. in October 2010


    In business since 2010

    Santa Barbara, CA·

    Current design trends, use of color, and coordination of patterns, Applying & working with a variety of paint textures, Proper manipulation of painting materials for balanaced application , and 2 more

    About us: "With years of experience serving the area, Armando's Custom Painting, Inc., is the solution for all your Interior and Exterior Painting needs. We take great pride in our extreme professionalism, timeliness and laser-focused attention to detail, and strive to build lasting relationships so that the next time service is needed, there will be no question on who to call. Check out our 5 star reviews from happy customers! Call today so we can discuss your needs and make a plan that fits your budget. Satisfaction guaranteed!"

    Fresh Coat Painters Logo
    Santa Barbara, CA·

    Specialty Finishes, Cabinetry Refinishing, Interior Painting , and 1 more

    "The team always showed up exactly when they said they would. Not an hour late, not 15 min. late, exactly on time. How often do you get service like that! And got the job done just when they said it would be done."

    Susan C. in May 2019

    Raul's Fine Finish Painting Logo
    Santa Barbara, CA·

    Interior Painting

    "Did a great job on interior walls, worked fast and detailed. Loved the finished product."

    Victoria M. in November 2023

    HIC Quality Painting Logo
    Oxnard, CA·

    House painting, Commercial. Stucco. Custom colors. Stains. Power washing, Interior Painting

    "They were very thorough and did a good job."

    Mari I. in December 2021

    Ventura, CA·

    Exterior Home or Structure - Paint or Stain, Interior Painting or Staining: 5 + Rooms, Exterior or Interior Surfaces - Paint Removal , and 2 more

    "Chris was excellent. I am very pleased how all the interior house was done. Chris and his crew were very careful, conscious and kind. I have decided to have Chris paint the exterior, not that I had that planned before. I would hire Chris for any painting and patching needs."

    Juli D. in January 2008

    Santa BARBARA, CA·

    Exterior Painting, Interior Painting, Custom Exterior Painting , and 1 more

    "I highly recommend Chris Bates, owner of Santa Barbara Custom Painting, for your interior and exterior painting projects. Chris is very knowledgeable and professional, communicates well about color, finish and other options, and provides excellent results at a reasonable cost. His careful repair and preservation of mid-century mahogany wood paneling in living areas of our residence restored the original luster and is stunningly beautiful. We are very pleased with all of his work."

    Susan H. in December 2023

    Carpinteria, CA·

    Bathtub & Ceremic tile resurfacing, Cabinet Refinishing, Exterior Painting , and 2 more

    "Great work and great team! Steve and his crew were amazing. On time and on budget! I highly recommend them!"

    Dillon K. in December 2023

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How much do exterior home painters typically cost?

  • Santa Barbara, California Average
  • Typical Range
    $1,806 - $6,250
  • Low End - High End
    $900 - $8,000

Frequently asked questions

Painters usually price a job by the square feet of the project. Sometimes they’ll include flat fees for fixed expenses, like overhead and permits.

We make finding a painter easy. Simple use our directory to find a painter. Here you can browse local pros, check their reviews and do your first screening without ever having to call. We’ve also prescreened all the pros for you, to give you peace of mind.

Interior painting makes for a doable DIY project. You can save some money and get a real sense of accomplishment by doing this yourself. And, with the right prep work – covering, taping and scraping – it’s fairly forgiving. But it takes a lot of time to move furniture, tape trim, prep the surface and cover your floor, let alone apply the actual paint. Instead, save yourself the time and hassle and find a local interior painter.

Leave exterior painting to the pros. Not only do you need to worry about the type and quality of the paint, you’ll also likely need a ladder and considerably more prep work. You’ll likely need additional equipment like ladders, scaffolding and possibly a paint sprayer. It’s almost cheaper to just hire a pro. Talk to a local exterior house painter about your project.

  1. Do your research. Understand what to expect and what to look for in a pro. Look at paint types, prices and costs.
    1. Interior home painting costs $1,000-$2,800
    2. Exterior painting costs $1,700-$4,100
    3. Painting a ceiling costs $150-$350
    4. Painting cabinets costs $350-$1,200
    5. Trim painting costs $500-$1,500
    6. Calculate paint coverage
  2. Call pros for site inspections and estimates. Always get three to five estimates.
  3. Check references, compare quotes, look at past work. After you have estimates in hand, do one final pass to compare the contractors.
  4. Sign a contract with the pro of your choice. You might need to make a down payment, usually 25% to 50% of the total project cost to cover material costs, but not all pros require this. Don’t pay for the entire project upfront.

  • A complete inspection. Each pro takes a walk around your home to evaluate the condition of your current paint, the size of the job and any obstacles for accessing the site. They do this to see how much prep work they’ll need and estimate how long the job will take. The more thorough the inspection, the more accurate the quote.
  • Color consultation. Expect each contractor to have varying color options and suggestions. However, you have the final say.
  • Listen to the pro – they’re experts after all – but don’t get pushed into a color combination or finish type that you don’t want. Understand the different exterior paints or interior paint choices before your pro arrives.
  • A rough estimate or complete quote. Finishing contractors vary here. Usually, they can quote straightforward projects on the spot. But some may need to take it back to their shop to run numbers and give you a detailed estimate with costs broken out. Neither method is better than the other, but just make sure to get multiple quotes.

  1. How long have you been in business? A long business history helps you avoid shoddy companies. It’s hard for a service business to stay in business if they don’t do good work.
  2. Are you licensed and insured? Not all states require a license for painting homes, but many do. Always use one that’s insured.
  3. Do you belong to any professional organizations? You’ll find many online, like the Painting Contractors Association or the Finishing Contractors Association?
  4. Do you have other work I can look at? Always check a portfolio or, in the case of painters, it’s better to look at work they did a few years ago to see how well it’s held up.
  5. How long will the job take? Get a rough estimate but get it in writing.
  6. How many people are in your crew? This is especially important if you work remotely. More people generally means more noise, but they’ll be done faster.
  7. Will I be in the way if I’m home during the painting? You usually won’t be in the way, but this question helps you understand what to expect while they’re working. They’ll need to lay down coverings and do a lot of prep work.
  8. Do you guarantee your work? Never hire a painter who doesn’t guarantee their work. This often means they’ll rush the prep work, since peeling never happens right away.
  9. What type of paint do you use, and how long is it rated to last? Different rooms need different paint and the exterior needs exterior paint. It comes in different grades with different guaranteed lifetimes.
  10. Can you supply a written estimate and contract? Never use a painter who isn’t willing to put his work in writing.

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Santa Barbara Painting Contractors are rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 23 reviews of 23 pros.

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Things to Consider Before You Hire a Painter:

What do you want to paint?

  • More than half of the home exterior (3-4 sides)
  • Less than half of the home exterior (1-2 sides)
  • The exterior trim
  • A deck or porch
  • A fence
  • Shutters and / or a front door
  • Garage exterior
  • Garage Door
  • Other

What is the approximate living square footage of your home?

    What is the primary exterior surface material of your home?

      How many stories is your home?

        Which best describes the condition of your walls?

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