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A fresh layer of paint significantly increases the curb appeal of your home, whether you're going to sell or just want a an updated look. However, handling a paint job alone takes a good deal of work and time. Our guide profiles the best painting companies in the San Marcos area to help you find experts who can get the job done.

10 Best Painting Companies in San Marcos

Brands are algorithmically curated from a database of local service providers near you. We require a minimum number of Google reviews and average ratings for provider inclusion.

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CertaPro Painters of Carlsbad

4.6/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 171 reviews


3264 Grey Hawk Ct, Carlsbad, CA 92010

(760) 579-8594

certapro.com/carlsbad

Ryan & Sons Painting Co.

4.7/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 24 reviews


6570 Ambrosia Ln, Carlsbad, CA 92011

(858) 444-7766

www.carlsbadhomepainter.com
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Coastal Colors Painting Company

4.7/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 37 reviews


7668 El Camino Real Suite 104-737, Carlsbad, CA 92009

(760) 274-5391

www.coastal-colors.com

SR Painting

4.7/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 20 reviews


315 S Coast Hwy 101 suite 136, Encinitas, CA 92024

(858) 945-7059

www.paintingsandiegopro.com
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BL painting

4.6/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 34 reviews


108 Hannalei Dr, Vista, CA 92083

(760) 696-7947

bl-painting.business.site
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Majestic Touch Painting & Decorative Finishes

4.6/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 17 reviews


1454 Darwin Dr, Oceanside, CA 92056

(760) 419-4477

majestictouchpainting.com
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Rogelio Llamas Painting

4.5/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 19 reviews


1305 Simpson Way Suite F, Escondido, CA 92029

(760) 224-8224

rockypaintingsd.com
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O-Side Painting

4.5/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 18 reviews


3766 Via Las Villas, Oceanside, CA 92056

(619) 370-9311

www.osidepainting.com
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Parker Painting

4.3/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 21 reviews


2930 Norman Strasse Rd Unit 114, San Marcos, CA 92069

(760) 214-6279

www.parkerpainting.net
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Dynamic Pro Painter

4.7/5

Ratings are based on our detailed proprietary methodology and review standards.

Based on 34 reviews


308 Island Way UNIT 3, Oceanside, CA 92058

(858) 289-1330

www.dynamicpropainter.com

Services Offered by Professional Painters

Most professional painting contractors offer both interior and exterior painting, as well as extra services.

Interior Painting

Interior painting experts will review the different types of interior paint, types of paint finishes, and maintenance needs to help you decide what’s best for each room. Services could include prepping, priming, and painting moldings, cabinets, door frames, windows, and trim. Optional pre-painting preparation such as removing wallpaper or textured coatings may lead to additional charges.

Exterior Painting

Professional painters start exterior jobs by fixing weather damage, stripping old paint, sealing leaks with caulk, and washing walls. They then paint trim, fences, decks, window frames, siding, doors, and other outdoor surfaces.

Additional Services

Painting companies may also provide the following extra services, depending on their training and skills:

  • Concrete staining
  • Crown molding installation and repair
  • Drywall and plaster repair
  • Popcorn ceiling removal
  • Pressure washing
  • Wallpaper hanging or removal

How To Choose a Painter in San Marcos

As you compare painting contractors, consider these key factors.

  • Cost: Talk to a few companies to get price estimates. Be wary of exceptionally cheap prices compared to the average.
  • Guarantees: Get all guarantees in writing and ensure you know which items are covered and for how long.
  • Paint types: Your painter can advise you on the different paint choices and their benefits and downsides to help you choose the best one for your needs. Certain paint types, for instance, protect against weather damage more effectively or are better for the environment.
  • Qualifications: Painters who work on jobs valued at over $500 must be licensed by the California Contractors State License Board. To obtain this license, a contractor must have proof of experience and must have workers' compensation insurance if they have employees. Any contractor you hire should be properly bonded and insured, especially if they’re working with power equipment or on ladders. If your home was built prior to 1978, and you're concerned about the presence of lead, consider looking for a contractor who is licensed by the EPA to work with lead-based paint.
  • Reputation and reviews: Request references from friends and neighbors, and look at the Better Business Bureau (BBB) profiles of providers you’re considering. You can also find reviews on sites such as Trustpilot and Google Reviews.

How Much Does Painting Cost in San Marcos?

The cost to paint your home will be determined by your home’s square footage, the paint you choose, and the time of year. Painters oftentimes quote more in the busy summer season. In San Marcos, painting jobs for both interiors and exteriors typically cost $0.85 to $3.40 per square foot. Most homes have greater interior square footage, which leads to higher paint costs inside versus outside. To paint a 2,000-square-foot house’s exterior runs approximately $4,253, while the interior will cost about $1,701 to $6,804. Alternatively, painters in San Marcos may charge anywhere from $18.05 to $30.08 per hour. Hourly rates may save you money, especially if you're bundling services. For example, you'll pay less to have your home's exterior and interior painted together than you would if you’d scheduled them separately.

Frequently Asked Questions about Painting in San Marcos

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