Philpaint was originally founded in 1986 by Brian Phillips under the name Phillips Exterior Cleaning. At the time Brian supplemented his income as a free-lance writer by performing pressure washing, gutter cleaning, and window washing services. The business was operated on a part-time basis out of a spare bedroom in his apartment.

By 1988 Brian was hiring part-time help and had expanded the services offered to include carpentry and painting. In late 1990 Brian began to work on the business full-time.

In 1992 the company began shifting its focus to painting and related services, such as drywall repair and light carpentry. In 1996 Philpaint launched its web site, one of the first painting contractors to do so. The Painting Primer, Philpaint’s quarterly newsletter, was introducted in 1998. The newsletter keeps customers informed of new products and procedures, company training, and industry news.

In early 1999 the company name was changed to Philpaint Inc. to reflect the company’s growing expertise and reputation in the painting industry.

In January 2001 Philpaint joined the Certified Contractors NetWork in an effort to increase the quantity and quality of employee training. In June of the same year Philpaint joined the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America trade association to further improve employee training.

In July 2004 Philpaint joined the National Alliance of Professional Painters (NAPP) to continue its efforts in providing better customer service. The following January Philpaint helped establish the local affiliate of NAPP, the Houston Alliance of Professional Painters (HAPP).