The best house painters in Canberra

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Who are the best house painters in the Canberra region? Photo: file.

There’s nothing like a fresh lick of paint to breathe new life into your home. And while painting is usually cheaper than renovating, the final result can be just as dramatic – especially when completed using the right colours, technique and creative flair. DIY can be a great option if you’re on a tight budget and know your way around drop sheets and paint rollers. But, if you’re serious about quality, or your job is on the tricky side (i.e. ceiling painting, exterior painting), a professional painter is worth the investment.

Hiring a professional house painter means an industry guarantee of a wonderful finished product. You will also save yourself the time of having to do it on your own, get a better looking finish, and even some professional advice on what colours are going to look the best for your space.

Whether you’re keen to update your home before putting it on the market, or think your living room needs a freshen up, here are some key factors to consider when choosing a painter to hire, as well as a list of some of Canberra’s best services.

What makes a great house painter?

If you’ve ever given DIY painting a go, chances are you’ll know that getting a paint job right isn’t as easy as it looks. Many DIY-ers end up spending more money and time than they originally planned, for less than optimal results.

Here are a few questions to ask before choosing a professional painter.

  • Years of experience. Painters with years of experience have seen it all. They know how to identify damage like rot and mould. They know when to use a brush instead of a roller, and how many coats of paint it will take to get your home looking its best.
  • Proper preparation. This is a particularly important question for exterior painting jobs. Good preparation (i.e. thoroughly cleaning surfaces, sanding, filling gaps) is the secret to a lasting paint job.
  • Time. Rushed painters may apply a second coat of paint when the first is not yet dry. Check that the contract will allow for the minimum drying time required when asking for an estimate of how long the entire job will take.
  • Brand options. Many professional painters have a preferred paint brand, but they should be equally happy to work with products you supply. If you decide to use the paint supplied by the painter, do your research to make sure it is a high quality product.
  • Post-job services. From small splatterings of paint to any dust that gets kicked up in the process, there’s bound to be a bit of a mess at the end of a day of painting. Hiring a professional painter shouldn’t mean extra clean-up for you, so make sure to check what they can do to mitigate this for you, such as drop-sheets, furniture covering, and thorough post-job cleaning services.

The best house painters in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Simco Decorating

Simco Decorating

After first working alongside the capitals best painting companies, Simon Parancin took a leap of faith and opened his own painting enterprise. Fast forward over twenty-years, what is now known as Simco Decorating, have built an enviable reputation as one of Canberra’s finest house painters.

Simco Decorating offers an impressive list of painting, decorating, and restoration services. Catering to both private and commercial clients this includes internal and external painting; textured coatings; wallpapering; along with heritage conservation and restoration.

Simco Decorating boasts a team of trade qualified, licensed, accredited, and insured painters. As consummate professionals this award-winning team have received industry recognition from peak industry body Master Painters Australia.

What sets this family-owned and operated business apart is their wealth of knowledge, seasoned expertise, strong industry connections. Their steadfast focus on detail and quality at every turn is evident in the pride they have for their craft. In fact, Simco Decorating offer a compelling five-year painters workmanship warranty. This guarantee supports their ethos of quality workmanship, whilst providing valuable peace of mind for clients.

Indeed, the team are well versed in the individual needs of projects of any calibre and scale; and tailor their approach to deliver the highest standard of finish. Importantly, they believe in transparency and open communication at every project stage.

For painting mastery and professional services look to Simco Decorating.

Greg Peake shared his experience with the team on Google, “Simon and his team painted interior and exterior of our house. This was a big job and they were outstanding with a great result. Nothing was too much trouble and the back up service just great. Thoroughly recommended.”

13 Redshaw Street
Coombs ACT 2611
ACT Painting Services

ACT Painting Services

Scott and the team at ACT Painting Services focus on finesse and precision, with a high priority aimed at attention to detail. With many interesting designs and ideas, Scott will ensure the best feature wall within your house. They specialise in interior, exterior, roof and epoxy floor painting, for both your house or office.

Scott and the team pride themselves on proper prep work for the surfaces, and this contributes to the many masterpiece results they have produced. Scott is a pleasure to deal with from the moment he answers the phone and ensures ACT Painting Services offer great work for a fair price. He also stands by the no obligation free quote policy.

As Ben Thomson writes in their review for ACT Painting Services, “Scott took on our large job of painting a 4 bedroom house inside and out. (…) All through he helped with things like selecting low allergen paints and he also gap filled and tidied up cracks and small holes before painting. He dealt with everything in a friendly and professional manner and the finished product looks amazing. (…) Highly recommend Scott for any painting jobs around Canberra.”

Canberra Painting Service

Canberra Painting Service

In their own words, Canberra Painting Service “isn’t the cheapest, but we do the job right.” From humble beginnings as a one-man outfit 25 years ago, Canberra Painting Service now has a 12-person team, and a reputation for quality.

Managing director Brian Wilson prides himself on meeting customer needs without cutting corners. His team specialises in render repairs and residential painting, as well as commercial projects.

With a Dulux accreditation, Canberra Painting Service delivers on the promise of excellent finishes and all its staff ensure industry standards are met. Brian has been on the Master Painters Association of Canberra executive committee for more than a decade, so it’s safe to say he has sound knowledge of the local market and its unique paint requirements.

With an impressive portfolio and reputation for quality workmanship, Canberra Painting Service come highly recommended by satisfied customer Mark Graeme, who wrote in their review, “Did a great job. Went above and beyond to make sure the final result was high quality.”

67 Anthony Rolfe Avenue
Gungahlin ACT 2912
Fluid Painting Solutions

Fluid Painting Solutions

Since first opening their doors in 2011, Fluid Painting Solutions have built a stellar reputation for their professional, yet personalised painting services. Proprietor Gabriel De Vries is a third generation, trade-qualified painter, who leads this award-winning team with pride.

Fluid Painting Solutions provides both residential and commercial painting services to Canberra and surrounds, with particular emphasis on low allergen and environmentally conscious green products.

Services include interior and exterior painting, colour and finish consulting, special effects and texturing, feature walls, spray painting, along with staining, varnishing, and epoxy applications.

Fluid Painting Solutions utilise only the best painting products; and believe that a quality finish begins well before a brush even touches a surface.

Their uncompromising standards have nurtured many close client relationships over the years, with thorough surface preparation and an eye for meticulous detail as hallmarks of their offering.

This fully insured team are also accredited Enviropainters and members of the Australian Master Painters Association. Not only do they nurture sustainable work practises; they also believe in treating your home with the utmost care and respect.

If you are looking for seamless house painting solutions with a focus on quality all the way through, this dependable and reputable team are certainly worth considering.

Stuart Maclean shared his experience with the team on Google, “I was absolutely thrilled with this job. Fluid solutions prep work was assiduous and resulted in a first class job – worth every cent. Punctual and professional, I highly recommend them – and will be using them.”

Canberra Painting Company

When it comes to trust, professionalism, experience and results, readers say it’s difficult to go past Canberra Painting Company.

Starting over 15 years ago, Canberra Painting Company’s 27 painters are fully licensed and insured. Teams take on jobs of all sizes for existing homes, new homes, commercial premises and industrial buildings.

As Gary Draper reviewed on Google, “Amir and his team painted our house. Amir is a true professional who is thorough and proud of his work. Nothing is too much trouble, he provided the best quote and he is a delight to do business with. I couldn’t recommend him more highly. Thank you for a great job Amir, Vince and Kearim.”

Golden Brush Painting

Billed as Canberra’s premier painting business, Golden Brush Painting specialises in residential re-painting. It focuses on customer service, attention to detail and top-quality work at a competitive price. And, if you’re unsure about which colours or finishes will look best in your home, the team at Golden Brush Painting can provide recommendations to help you choose a look you’ll love for years to come.

Here’s what customer Elizabeth said about Golden Brush’s work,“The Golden Brush Team did a fantastic job! They responded within 24hrs with a quote and provided friendly, professional advice. I am very happy with the end results and would definitely recommend them.”

If you’re looking for more of Canberra’s construction contractors to help you build or renovate your space, check out our articles on the best tilers, the best flooring specialists, the best plasterers and the best carpenters in Canberra. Or, if you’re after a more specific service for your area, check out our recently updated articles on the best kitchen renovators and the best bathroom renovators our region has to offer.

Your experience with house painters in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the house painters listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hire a professional painter?
Taking on a paint job can be a daunting task and require far more materials and skill than you might have considered, from adequate surface preparation to even application. Hiring a professional painter ensures a high-quality, durable, good looking and long lasting finish to your space.
Are there environmentally-friendly paint products available?
There are numerous paint products that are designed to be environmentally-friendly, free of heavy metals, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds. These environmentally-friendly paints are made with completely natural products, free of the harmful chemicals that, when freshly applied, make you feel dizzy or nauseous. A professional painter should have a range of products that are environmentally-friendly, and if they don't then you can supply them with your own purchases.
How long does a paint job normally take?
This depends entirely on how much space you're looking to get painted, but on average to apply a coat of paint to a standard 3-bedroom house takes around 5 hours. Remember though, painting always requires a second coat of paint that cannot be applied until the first is completely dry, so no matter what, you're probably looking at a couple of days until the job will be completely finished.
Will house painters clean up after themselves?
As well as using plastic covering and drop sheets to protect surfaces and furniture, most house painting services include a post-job cleanup to take care of any missed sprays of paint on uncovered surfaces or dust that was kicked up in the process. Ask your painter what clean-up services they offer before engaging their services, to give you peace of mind.
How do I decide what colour to paint my house?
The colour you choose to paint your home can have a huge impact on how the space feels - darker colours tend to make rooms feel smaller, while light and neutral colours can have the effect of making small rooms feel more spacious, and colourful feature walls can add personality to an otherwise bland room. Consider the particular space that you are looking to repaint, think about what aesthetic you want to achieve, and talk it over with your painters and see what they advise.

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130 Responses to The best house painters in Canberra
Capital Repaints Capital Repaints 8:05 pm 30 Jul 21

I could name someone :)

Kim Wilcke Kim Wilcke 9:09 am 01 Jul 21

Lance Perrim from Perrim Painting.

Alex Jereb Alex Jereb 10:52 pm 30 Jun 21

Love the NSW rego....

Deanna Thomson Deanna Thomson 8:06 pm 30 Jun 21

Roc and crew Astor Painters!!!

Tracey Banister Tracey Banister 4:59 pm 30 Jun 21

Finest Painting Service! Have used them twice and recommend to others. My best mate who is a builder even commented on the quality of Steve’s work. Can’t recommend highly enough and he is a bloody nice bloke.

    Finest Painting Service Finest Painting Service 6:55 pm 30 Jun 21

    Tracey Banister thank you 🙏

    Jackie Penno Jackie Penno 7:13 pm 30 Jun 21

    Awesome timing Tracey! I’m looking to get a painter in to do some work so I’ll def look these guys up

Ivan Skazlic Ivan Skazlic 4:02 pm 30 Jun 21

Vizionpainting/Razpainting.

Emma Howlett Emma Howlett 1:17 pm 30 Jun 21

I third Michael Boogart Painting too!!!!

Anna Lang Anna Lang 12:36 pm 30 Jun 21

AJR Painting and Decorating - fantastic!

Eileen Wise Eileen Wise 12:33 pm 30 Jun 21

Glen at Murphy Bros

Macca Chino Macca Chino 11:25 am 30 Jun 21

Ian Brown at Capital Repaints 100%

    Capital Repaints Capital Repaints 4:58 pm 30 Jun 21

    Macca Chino your my 5th reccomenation, can I get a 6th? 🤪😛 thanks man!

Andrew Maxwell Seal Andrew Maxwell Seal 10:00 am 30 Jun 21

Kacper Gancarz Murray osh

Anne Kennedy Anne Kennedy 9:29 am 30 Jun 21

Scott from ACT Painting Services; he did a brilliant job painting our home 👏

Leah Platts Leah Platts 9:02 am 30 Jun 21

Oh god there is no one better than Michael Bogaart Painting...

Jeanine O'Toole Jeanine O'Toole 8:34 am 30 Jun 21

Brush4Hire - Dino Forner

Karen Betts Karen Betts 7:10 am 30 Jun 21

Capital Repaints highly recommended. Outstanding in all aspects.

Jules Hohnen Jules Hohnen 6:32 am 30 Jun 21

Rick Maier

Gerasimo Krikoni Gerasimo Krikoni 6:17 am 30 Jun 21

No undercoat

Alicia Prest Alicia Prest 5:18 am 30 Jun 21

Michael Bogaart Painting 👌

    Kelly Gurn Kelly Gurn 7:40 am 30 Jun 21

    Alicia Prest Another vote for Michael Bogaart Painting!

Jeffrey Brown Jeffrey Brown 12:52 am 30 Jun 21

I 3rd Capital Repaints...... Hands down!

Scott Bell Scott Bell 12:21 am 30 Jun 21

Jake Sherratt

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