Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that no two jobs are the same and that customers will have questions. So we've come up with some of the most common questions below.

  • What’s the difference between low grade paint and high quality paint?

    High quality paint is used to get better coverage and is more durable. For more information please check the paint brands respected websites.

  • What’s a sheen?

    A sheen is essentially the finish of the paint. Sheen can range from a matte to a glossy finish.

  • What are the different types of sheens?

    The primary types of sheens are flat, eggshell, semigloss and high gloss.

  • What is the best sheen for me?

    Typically you should opt for an eggshell or semi gloss for bathrooms and kitchens as those rooms get more moisture. Other walls can be flat or eggshell. Trim is typically a semigloss or high gloss.

  • What is the hourly rate?

    Our hourly rate is as follows: $100 set up fee with 50 per painter per hour plus paint and materials. The hourly rate can be used for a max of 1 day (8 hours).

  • How do I pick colors?

    Picking colors is always daunting but we would recommend a color consultant for assistance with color choice. We are happy to refer you to an interior designer or a color consultant for assistance.

  • Is Bulman Painting licensed?

    Yes! We have to be licensed to operate in the state of California! We would be happy to provide documentation upon request.

  • Should a painter be licensed?

    In California, every contractor is required to have a license from the California State License Board and every painter doing work over $500 is required to have a license.

  • Can I purchase my own paint?

    If you feel it is necessary you can purchase your own paint however it would be a lot more efficient for us to purchase as we receive a contractors discount. In general, we would prefer to purchase the paint ourselves.

  • Do we have to move our things/furniture

    If there is furniture that you wish to move please do so, we are happy to help move or cover any remaining furniture/items if you cannot do so. Please note moving furniture will be only done if it is relevant to the work being carried out. For an example, our crew will not help move garden furniture if it is an interior project.

  • What form of payments do we accept?

    We prefer cash or check. If you wish to pay with card there will be a charge, which is 4% of the contract total.

  • Do you offer samples?

    We are happy to provide you with samples. You can receive up to 4 samples free of charge and after that you will be charged for them.

  • Sherwin Products

    Most brands have a multitude of products, including high and low grade paint. We tend to use Sherwin Williams as it has the most options product wise for our customers

  • Different brand name paints.

    We usually use Sherwin Williams and Dunn Edwards. However, we can use any brand you prefer. We can usually color match any colors from other brands.

  • Touchups?

    A touch up is a deficiency in the workmanship of the painting contractor to conform to the definition of a“properly painted surface.” In the case that touchups are needed, Bulman Painting agrees to do touchups noted. We will schedule touchups either on the next available date or on the day of the walkthrough. Deficiencies in workmanship are not latent damage or damage that is not caused by Bulman Painting.

  • Do I need to be there when the painters arrive?

    We recommend for you to be there the first day in the morning for the walkthrough and to meet our crew.

  • What are your service areas?

    Areas we service include as far north as Carlsbad, as far east as El Cajon and as far south as Imperial Beach. If your project does not fall into these zones please inquire.

  • Can you do repairs to some of the wood trim in my home?

    If we are requested to do any wood replacement it will be 50 per hour plus materials. If the carpentry is not within our capability we will refer a carpenter.

  • Can I keep the remaining paint?

    Of course! It's typical to leave the leftover paint for our customers.

  • Can you do repairs to my drywall?

    We can do most drywall repair. Call us to discuss!

  • Do you carry General Liability Insurance?

    Yes! All contractors in the state of California are required to carry insurance. We are happy to provide documentation!

  • I don't understand how different painters and companies come up with their costs?! Help!

    One of our company goals is to help the general public understand the painting business. We totally understand that it is a task to obtain quotes and understand them. We found this great article to help!

  • Someone quoted me so much less than everyone else. Why?

    There's a saying in the contracting industry: "Cheap labor isn't skilled and skilled labor isn't cheap" While we believe that fully, we can't really say why someone or some company chooses to price their work lower or higher. The reasons are all over the board. Don't be afraid to ask questions! Then go with the the company or person you feel most comfortable with!