Appaloosa Painting Co. started in 2013 as the passion of Dan Gallop, who has since transferred that passion to his father, Joe, and his brother, Joseph, resulting in the creation of a Virginia Corporation in 2017. Together we have built an award winning painting company, taking less than a year to be recognized as “Best of Suburbia” for the Route 7 corridor in 2018. A key to this quick recognition is the consideration we afford to every client. We stand out from the crowd with traditional honesty, refreshingly modern aesthetics, and invaluable punctuality. We’re here to serve your vision. And if you don’t have an exact vision, no problem; we’ll happily help you bring it into focus.
Though Dan Gallop grew up in an impoverished country on the southern edge of Africa’s Sahara Desert, as a teenager he found himself in the snowy hill country of western New York, getting up at 4am trudging on foot to the farm down the road where he milked cows for his first job. On the farm and in the local subshop he learned to work hard. Apart from a short bout with a rare form of arthritis, he was a healthy kid who participated in Civil Air Patrol, biked 5 miles a day, and worked out with the local college’s ROTC guys. Dan had his heart set on becoming a military officer, and worked hard academically until he was awarded a full ROTC scholarship to university.
Of the types of work he experimented with, Dan found the construction industry, where he could work hard with his hands, to be the most appealing. He especially enjoyed painting. While working for a large painting contractor, he learned a lot about painting techniques and developed painting proficiencies, but again in the painting industry, he found integrity to be in short supply. He was appalled to find painters discussing on the job how to do work slower just so they would get paid for more hours. Dan’s vision to start his own painting company that focused on diligence, hard work, and treating the customer right began to take shape.
It wasn’t until 2017 that Dan’s desire to expand the business into a larger market led to a move to Northern Virginia, incorporation of the business, and calling on his father for help with the expansion. Joe Gallop, Sr. would provide the business, financial, and systems support that Dan needed to grow a professional painting company in the larger market.