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Canberra’s Best House Painters


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.

Whether you’re keen to update your home before putting it on the market, or think your living room needs a freshen up, here’s how to find a skilled painter in the Canberra region.

Let’s get started.

What makes a great 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.

  • How much painting experience do you have? 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.
  • What prep work do you do before painting? 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.
  • How will the paint be applied? There are plenty of ways to apply paint, from spraying to brushing. And while each painter will have their own application preferences, it’s worth asking why they opt for that particular technique.
  • What are the minimum drying times? 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.
  • Can you use the paint brand I want? 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.
  • Will you return my home to pre-job condition? All surfaces at risk of paint splatter should be covered – including power points and cabinets. If paint gets on any surfaces by mistake, check that your painter can rectify this too.

The top painters in Canberra – according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 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.

Canberra Painting Company

Canberra Painting Company

When it comes to trust, professionalism, experience and results, readers say it’s difficult to go past Canberra Painting Company. A family business that’s been in Canberra for over 15 years, Canberra Painting Company is trusted by homeowners as well as major builders for new home builds and developments.

Canberra Painting Company’s 27 painters are fully licenced and insured. Teams take on jobs of all sizes – including full preparation, cleaning and plastering – for existing homes, new homes, commercial premises and industrial buildings.

To get started, head to your local paint store (it recommends Paint Place Mitchell) and choose your colours. Or, ask the experts at Canberra Painting Company for a colour consultation. Then relax as its friendly team handles the rest.

You won’t be left waiting either. Canberra Painting Company prides itself on a fast turn-around, offering quotes within 24 hours and a start date in as little as 7 days.

Want to paint concrete, varnish floorboards or stain a deck, give doors a new lease on life, remove rust or stains, repair water damage, or paint something 10 metres high? These guys will do that too! And, best of all – Canberra Painting Company provides full professional cleaning before every job is completed.

“We spend more time preparing than painting. Anyone can paint. What determines the quality of the job is the preparation.”

9/15 Darling St
Mitchell ACT 2911
ACT Painting Services

ACT Painting Services

Scott and the team at ACT Painting Services focus on the finer details, 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.

Prep work is also something Scott and the team pride themselves on 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.

Check out what some of his happy customers have to say: ‘APS painted the whole interior of my home and I have called them back to paint my roof, great guys!’ And ‘Extremely professional, great price and a fabulous finish. Extremely happy with the result.’

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 quality work at a competitive price.

Unsure which colours or finishes will look best? The Golden Brush team can provide recommendations to help you choose a look you’ll love for years to come.

For extra peace of mind, Golden Brush is a Taubmans-certified painter. As part of this, it offers a professional guarantee that it complies with safety regulations and holds the appropriate insurances.

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.”

Rick Maier Paint Plus

Rick Maier Paint Plus is an award-winning residential and commercial painting company that also offers services like wallpapering, concrete floor coatings and commercial painting. With a five-year workmanship warranty, you can expect a great outcome.

Previous customers rave about Rick Maier Paint Plus. Satisfied customer Mike left the following review: “Professional job with the included and helpful services of a colour consultant. Lots of detail work on trim and doors in various rooms. The team were meticulous in preparation, in moving and replacing furniture and curtains and with cleanup.”

Fluid Painting Solutions

Third-generation painter and decorator Gabriel De Vries relies on word of mouth to grow Fluid Painting Solutions. And that means delivering work of a consistently high standard with minimal disruption to his customers.

Fluid Painting Solutions works on everything from industrial, commercial and residential properties to government offices, rentals, new homes, units and apartments. For people with allergies or young children, it offers low-VOC/allergen-friendly paints, and can use green products if requested.

Facebook reviewer Patricia had this to say about its services: “A great job! Great attention to detail and on time! Very professional approach with careful site preparation prior to painting. The result was exactly as discussed and looks fantastic!”

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst painters in Canberra.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

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83 Responses to Canberra’s Best House Painters
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n4t4sh4 10:45 am 03 Sep 19

I have also had the team at Excellence Painting repaint the interior and external eaves and fascia and was very happy with the result! Quote process was easy, it was explained to me in simple terms and the quote was reasonable. I also had some other small repairs done at the same time and was great they could do these as well (some grouting and carpet cleaning). If you are looking to have your house done i would highly recommend them, you can contact them via their website

erinhughes 9:12 pm 18 Aug 19

I had Scott from ACT Painting Services repaint the whole exterior of my house and couldn’t be happier! He showed up when he said he would, quoted a fair price, did a great job and cleaned up after himself. He’s also a really a nice guy who my whole family got along with! Call him on 0450420100

wagons 11:36 am 08 Aug 19

Pete the Painter is excellent – we have used them twice and they are always so easy to deal with. They give thorough quotes, schedule quickly and take the time to fix issues along the way. The last time they painted our house they worked through the weekend to make sure we hit our deadline (carpet being laid) without us even asking. Just an absolute pleasure.

Tara_king23 2:58 pm 22 Jul 19

We used Riotact recommended Ali from Kingdom painting services for our Interior repainting work we needed done before the sale of our property in Nicholls.
They are such great people to work with, they covered everything with plastic drop sheets and drop sheets on the floor even vacuumed up when they finished.
Really professional in arriving on time and explaining how the work is going to be done.

Thanks Riotact for the recommendation was absolutely happy with the work.
Call Ali from Kingdom Painting Services on 0416944655 if you need any type of painting work done.

Maddie Mish 7:28 pm 26 Mar 19

Same happened to me. Can you contact me?

J D 10:18 am 13 Mar 19

Recently had our interior repainted by Excellence Painting and I would highly recommend. We received three quotes and found them to be the most prompt and reasonably priced. The overall result was fantastic and the team were all very friendly and professional. I had a tight timeframe and they were able to get it done within that time.

derekj 12:57 pm 16 Feb 19

Having just had our interior repainted, I highly recommend Simon from Simco Decorating Painting & Finishes.

Simon is an excellent communicator (unlike some tradies), was very professional, friendly, provided us with useful advice and did a stunning job, including correcting small errors made by other tradies.

We will definitely use his services again in the future.

jakeanthony 11:02 am 19 Jan 19

Hi guys, I used Luke to paint the interior and exterior of my rendered home in Woden, he did a professional and amazing job, at an affordable price, going above and beyond what I expected.
Luke was helpful, clean and tidy, I have no hesertation in recommending Luke if you are looking for an experienced painter, call 0408 970 229

Erin Mitchell 9:37 pm 30 Apr 18

After reading the comments here, I hired Delan from Australia’s Premier Painting to paint the interior and exterior of my house. His team were very clean and professional. I was very happy with the finished result and would gladly use them again.

Elaine Riley 4:05 pm 05 Apr 18

I recently hired Robees Painting for a whole house interior paint. I have read previous reviews and felt I also needed to add my comments in agreement with others who have not been satisfied.

Robee is a cheerful person and his quote was extremely competitive. He did complete the job within a reasonable time frame but often didn’t turn up will 9.30 am. However I agree with previous writer who stated she was brought to point of tears with the amount of clean up required afterwards. after six weeks I am still finding paint splatters over appliances, benches, carpet etc. Robee needs to learn to cover up and use drop cloths and to respect people’s property as it would save a lot of extra work and clean up and enhance his skills. To be fair he did pay for my carpet to be cleaned but there were so many other places I am still cleaning and short cuts taken, ie wrong paint used, that the overall experience was not a good one for me.

Mark_74 8:33 am 12 Jan 18

I’ve hired Scott from APS Painters before as he was the only who responded to my request for quotes and had a fair price. Was a delight to have in our home.

Nick Pitsonis 11:35 am 04 Oct 17

My wife and I are more than happy to recommend Kingdom Painting Services. This is a father and son team who also call on 3 or 4 more very experienced painters as needed.
They have all the best gear including scaffolding, spray guns etc. but at the same time, no job is too small. We asked for two full coats of Dulux paint and that is exactly what we got. No annoying short cuts!
Recently Hamza and his team spent about a week at our place painting the entire exterior of our house and some surrounding fencing. We loved how clean and polite they were and how they did not allow the job to drag on like so many tradesmen do.
Right from our initial phone call to Ali (0416944655) the boys were friendly, professional and accessible. They took great pride in their job and nothing was too much trouble.
All areas are carefully taped and drop sheets are laid with great care. They volunteered useful suggestions as they went to improve our final result and their cleanup was the best I have seen from any painter; by far.
Their quote was the best of the three we obtained by some way and it was only about 24 hours from when we first rang to when our written quote arrived by email. Other painters kept us waiting for weeks.
We found these guys through RIOTACT about a month ago and we are very glad we did.
Our house looks like new and we have had lots of favourable comments from neighbours and passers-by.
If we need a painter again in the future we will go straight to these guys and we reckon you should too.

sambo83 12:37 pm 31 May 17

mmover said :

A.P.S Painters has done some work for me and my brother in law which we were both really happy with. They painted inside of both house as well as the outside of one. Great job. Call Scotty on 0450 420 100

+1 for Scott from APS, painted our place and dads place and did an excellent job

Youstolemyusername 6:11 am 12 Mar 17

Belated thank you for responding. I’m a new user and didn’t know I’d gotten responses.

8JSimo 12:34 am 05 Jan 17

I couldn’t recommend Chris from Raz Painting enough. Awesome job. Didn’t get mucked about like I have before.

Serina Huang 1:23 pm 09 Nov 16

I recently had Jad and his team from McDebitt Painting over. They did parts of inside and also repainted the deck (which badly needed it). I was extremely happy with their professionalism, and thought they were good value for money. And reliable.

Ezy 10:14 am 08 Nov 16

For Kitchens – it’s worthwhile taking a Saturday morning when both you and your husband are available to visit the show rooms around Mitchell and Fyshwick. Some of them will have an interior designer as part of the team who will produce drawings or 3D renders to help you visualise your vision. Pioneer Kitchens in Fyshwick are one of these businesses who offer this.

Painters – This is a really tricky time of year to source as they will be booked up until they close down for the year. If it isn’t a large job, they probably won’t even entertain it. Just use the yellow pages on this one to source a third quote.

For a Plumber – give Ross at Flow Plumbing a call. 0450 590 030. He may have some other contacts for tradies that can help you out.

Emily_Blue 6:30 pm 07 Mar 16

Anna_Wilson1788 said :

I used Ali from Kingdom Painting Services for both inside and outside of my house I cant stress how great of a job him and his guys did. I emailed them using gumtree received an email back organising the time for the quotation, he showed up on time explained what he was going to do and witch products he was going to use and the timeline he was going to finish in. his price was not the cheapest but it was reasonable and I liked the way he explained everything to me before starting the work. They started on the outside and finished it in three days as I am a fussy person I made sure I had a look around to see that everything was done right and I could not find any mistakes.
The interior part of the work was also done with the same great quality they put drop sheets everywhere they worked covered my furniture with plastic drop sheets did the two coats and not a drop of paint on my timber floors witch I was extremely happy about.

Their number is 0416 944 655
email is

I also used Ali From Kingdom Painting Services and they did do a fantastic job on the entire exterior and interior of my home in Lawson.
I actually took your advice from this page and decided to give him a call as well as some others I thought It would be best If I got at least three different quotations to compare prices. His price turned out to be very competitive and like you said in your post he had a lot of knowledge of witch products to use and how to use them was very friendly and explained what he was going to do and how to do it the proper way.
I can’t stress how important the painting of my home was to me and how I wanted a top quality job and Ali and his team did an absolutely great job.
I would recommend him to anyone looking for a quality painter call Ali on 0416944655

jason_marsh 2:27 am 28 Jan 16

Hi dizzel88,

We were lucky as the painter we got recommended by our neighbor was great. He visited our place and gave us insights on few colour combination we could try and also followed by a quick quote in couple of days.

Now the place looks good and we really enjoy the color combination.

The mob we had was and we even have them bookmarked as well.

Germaine 7:17 pm 05 Jan 16

Eriksson Painting were good. Found them in the canberra weekly magazine. Had whole inside painted this Winter just gone and we are very happy with their work. Compared to the last lot we had in these guys were angels!

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