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Mountain Painting Is a Craft

Roy’s Painting

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Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2017 6:00 am

Thirteen years ago, Roy French found himself moving to the mountains, a place he always wished to call home. Prior to moving to Running Springs, French owned a painting business in Redlands, which he later closed.

At first, French had the intention of commuting to work down to Redlands, but that idea changed shortly after. “Just by driving around with my truck up here got me business,” French said. The painting trucks with the logo “Roy’s Painting” racked up a number of mountain customers until having to commute down to Redlands was no longer necessary.

Roy’s Painting in Running Springs has been in business for 13 years now and is dedicated to keeping mountain homes looking new and fresh.

“A business is run differently up here,” French said, adding that Roy’s Painting always gets back to its customers right away. French said that it is important to be timely with customers in order to keep customer satisfaction high, and loyalty to its customers, as well.

In the beginning stages of Roy’s Painting, French only had one other employee working for him. Since then, French now has five. His longest-term employee has been with Roy’s Painting for 10 years, and his shortest for three. For French, working with a group of painters whom he trusts and can depend upon is a priority and, with the team he now has, French says he has a very loyal and dependable crew.

Bringing his painting business to the mountain presented some difficulties for French, mainly in learning how to paint in our unique environment. However, even with some difficulties, French says that he has “learned his craft” by working up here.

It all came down to learning how to deal with the hot and cold temperatures here in regards to painting, as well as studying a number of paint brands before finding one that he trusted. French took the time to ask local paint stores and do his own research on types of paint, after having one house that failed.

“I went to paint stores and educated myself,” he said. “I can honestly say that I do not fail anymore.”

With the efficient job that French and his team do, clients return about every four to five years to have their houses worked on again. In comparison to houses down in Redlands where French used to work, houses were being worked on sometimes every 12 years.

“This has to do with the UV rays up here,” French said. According to French, the higher you get in elevation the stronger the UV rays are, which “just tear everything up.” French prides himself on being very diligent when it comes to paint preparation. The Roy’s Painting crew preps these houses by scraping, sanding and priming all of the work areas before applying paint. French and his team rely on back-rolling when they are painting. Back-rolling presses the paint evenly onto the surface and “really helps the paint stick,” he said.

Roy’s Painting services Angelus Oaks and Big Bear to Crestline. French has clients from Redlands and the beach cities, as well. Roy’s Painting specializes in mountain painting and decks, and French keeps competitive prices. For more information on Roy’s Painting, call (909) 867-9267, or visit online at

“Whatever community I work in, I buy in,” French said, adding that community support and engagement are what keeps a business going. At Roy’s Painting, French and his crew strive to “make clients feel comfortable, and work for customer satisfaction.”

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