Iowa City Interior and Exterior Painting



Primetime Painting was started in 2007 by owner Lee Gardner. Lee was raised with a paint brush in hand. Working for his dad’s painting business since the age of 15, he has more than 20 years experience in the painting industry. Lee attended business school at the University of Iowa and after graduating decided to bring his painting skills to the Iowa City area. Lee’s experience, combine with a meticulous attention to detail helped our company quickly grow to one of the leading painting companies in the Iowa City area. In addition to running Primetime Painting, he is also a family man. He and his wife Mindy, daughter Charli, and twin boys, Gibson and Grady live in West Branch.

Our reputation is built on hard work, trust and accountability. In house we call it the “Primetime Way” and that means no cut corners and always with respect. We pride ourselves on being clean cut and respectful of our customers, their homes and each other. We have done everything from let the dog out, to watering the flowers. We are here to serve our customers and give you the best experience we can. We have the skills to bring you the best painting job in the area, but what really sets us apart is our professionalism, kindheartedness and the commitment to do the job right.



Thank you for a wonderful paint job! You and your guys are the best! I appreciate the advice you gave me, the way you cleaned up and your professional work ethic... and PS Thank you for being so kind to the children, they enjoyed having you here 🙂


Thank you for doing a SUPER job regarding our paint project. We are very pleased with how it looks, how organizes and neat you were, and how you helped me get set up for my part. Thanks for all the extras and also moving the piano, taking down the tapestries, putting them back up, taking down the high curtain hooks- AND mailing my letters on a cold day. Good luck to you and Mindy and we will spread the word that you do great work!


We cannot thank you enough for all the beautiful work you did for us. We are extremely pleased with the results in every room. Everyone was very neat, polite and good-natured. We certainly didn't expect you to paint our add-on projects for the estimated price, but we appreciate that you did very much. If future customers want a reference, please have them call us and we'll be happy to tell them how pleased we are with your team's work. We will certainly call you again if we have more projects. Once again, thank you very much for a wonderful job.

Bob and Joan

Fantastic painting company. They don't take shortcuts and they pay attention to the details. I would absolutely recommend.


Primetime Painting painted the entire inside of our house (walls and ceilings, but not closets). Lee helped with color shades and answered questions. He gave helpful advice. The crew finished early too. We highly recommend Primetime Painting!




What kind of Paint do you use?

We use Diamond Vogel and Sherwin Williams Paint at Primetime Painting. We have experience using both of these brands and can attest for their durability and longevity.  However, we are not opposed to discussing paint options with our customers if they feel strongly about the paint used. If you have any questions about our paint and how it works, we are happy to give insight and send you to our reps from each company to learn more about paint options.

What should I do to get ready to paint.

For Interior Painting we do not require you to do anything in preparation. We are more than happy to move furniture and remove face plates ect. The one suggestion we make to our customers is to please remove any breakables on shelves so that we are not moving anything precious. We take extra precautions and are extremely careful, but just to be safe, we suggest you move them out of the area.

For Exterior Painting we just ask that all vehicles be moved out of the area. We can move lawn furniture and cover things in the yard, but to avoid any chance for overspray, we ask that vehicles are out of the area.

How much do you charge?

In painting this is a very difficult question as every project is different. There is no specific rate that we charge. Each project is estimated based on it’s specific needs. This is why we offer Free Estimates to give you exact pricing before we get started.

Do your estimated prices go up after the work is complete?

NO. The only time your final invoice price is different than your estimated price is if you change the scope of the work or add on to the scope of work that was outlined in the bid. We stand by our estimates and do our best to give a completely accurate bid during our visit. This applies to all bids we visit, however, our estimated prices for photos sent through the website are meant to be a basic range and can vary more significantly once we see the project first hand.

What form of payment do you take?

As of now we only accept cash or check.



Primetime Painting offers painting services in all of the following areas; Painters in Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Hills, Tiffin, Riverside, West Liberty, Wellman, Kalona, Solon, West Branch, Tipton, Cedar Rapids and more.. Our area of service and estimates do depend on our work load. We are based out of Iowa City, so if we are full for the season we will not offer services in outlying areas. If your area is not listed just email us your location and we will be happy to let you know if we can travel to you!