Our Company

As local owner of Painting Specialist since 1992, Garold Cates is passionate about delivering unmatched quality, professionalism, personal service and value to residential and commercial customers. In fact, he guarantees it.

You’ll see the passion, service and professionalism immediately in Garold’s always-uniformed crews and their dedication to excellence and cleanliness.

Painting Specialist is proud of maintenance partnerships with the region’s premier companies, including Starbucks, The Vancouver Clinic and SW Washington Medical Center.

Homeowner customers are treasured, too! There’s nothing better than their smiles after a job done right – the first time.

I love making homeowners excited and happy about their houses, and enhancing the pride of business owners. Transforming old and ugly into new and beautiful is my passion. It’s the driving force of every workday, fuel of the purple truck painters.

Painter Garold Cates

The Purple Truck Story - Owner Garold Cates

As a kid growing up in Clark County, I helped my neighbor paint houses on weekends. Summer painting jobs at his company through high school and college came next, and then I joined the business full-time until his retirement.

That’s when Painting Specialist was born. My mom printed business cards with the name “Painting Specialist.” I still have a treasured original on my office wall!

My own personal color consultation came next. Purple, the color of royalty, was chosen as the perfect color for my trucks.

Our People

Our valued staff is the foundation of the company. Painting Specialist provides a great benefits and incentives program. We strive to be a superior Vancouver- area employer and to treat our people right.

A strict safety program keeps employees --- and your property --- safe. There has never been a serious jobsite injury since our inception in 1992.

Our employees drive our signature "purple truck" company vehicles, wear official uniforms and name badges, and are subject to random drug tests and mandatory background checks.

Smiles and superior courtesy are required, too.

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Painting it Forward

Painting Specialist is proud to support and sponsor many local organizations. We provide free or discounted services to worthy causes, always giving back to the great community where we live and thrive. Some pay it forward; we Paint It Forward.