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"I was very happy with the amount of painting he was able to complete and the quality of the painting.
arrived on time and he asked me to" show him what needed to be painted. He painted items according to the priority list I gave him (since I had more than he could complete in this trip. He painted nearly the entire time he was here, except the last 5 minutes when he cleaned up. I was very pleased with
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Remodeling tip: Should painting or flooring come first?

Angie Hicks responds to a member who wants to know whether interior painting should come before or after the installation of hardwood flooring.

Interior Painting

Professional decorators say painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to dramatically change the look of a room. It's also one of the more accessible do-it-yourself projects for the homeowner, though a professional interior painting company will likely do a better and more long-lasting job.

guy repairing plaster ceiling
Plastering, Painting - Interior

Dear Angie: How important is it to repair plaster before repainting? Our ceilings have peeling paint that we’re pretty sure was caused by past water damage. Since the water problem is no longer an issue, can we simply repaint the ceilings or should we first repair any underlying plaster damage? – Sara S., Elgin, Illinois

A high-gloss paint will be very shiny and reflect more light; a matte or flat paint will not be shiny and will reflect less light. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sergio C. of El Paso, Texas)
Painting - Interior

From low luster to high gloss: Learn how to pick the style of paint that’s perfect for your project.

lovely painted room with bright rug
Painting - Interior, Remodeling - General

Dear Angie: We’re having an interior paint job done, and I’m wondering whether to pay when the work is done or as it proceeds. – Sherry S., Crystal Lake, Illinois

gray and pink paint
Painting - Interior, Interior Design & Decorating

Move over, beige. There’s a new neutral in town.

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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.


Remember, you not only have to remove the popcorn texture, but also redo the ceiling in some other texture.

Price will depend on several factors:

1) how much the contractor you choose hates removing popcorn or textured ceilings - some charge $1 or so/SF extra just because they hate it. There are even some who bid total drywall replacement cheaper than removing the popcorn, so you have to first find contractors who are happy to do that work, or your prices will be out of the realistic range

2) if the popcorn predates about 1990, then it could likely have asbestos in it, which doubles or triples the price, and in many cases uncapsulating it with a spray coating and then removing the drywall entirely is actually cheaper than all the protective measures necessary if it is scraped off. 

3) whether the popcorn is primarily gypsum and vermiculite (comes off REAL easy) or was the plaster of paris variety, which takes a fair amount of soaking to soften it enough to scrape off

4) what type of finish you are replacing it with - if a textured ceiling, slapcoat, knockdown finish or paneling, not real problem. If you want to go with a perfectly smooth ceiling (generally a bad idea as any variations in the drywall on a ceiling surface really shows up dramatically), then it will demand a lot of care in preparing the scraped surface, and a complete surface drywall compound skim coat to smooth out the scrapes and gouges from the removal process.

5) what underlying conditions are - if there is a lot of furniture to move around (should go to adjacent rooms) or cover and work around, high-quality rug or hardwood floor to super-protect or such, will drive cost up.

I have seen costs run from as low as $0.60/SF to $1.25/SF (for removal only). Generally, remove and recoat with a surface texture of some kind (anything but smooth) and paint will run you about $2.50-3.50/SF.

Now the bad news - if asbestos containing, can run from $5-10/SF. Many homeowners in that situation go the other legal route - have it encapsulated with an asbestos-rated sealant by an asbestos contractor, then paint it and leave it for the next homeowner to decide what to do about it. Some contractors encapsulate it and then put a 1/4" thick drywall layer over it - this usually looks like a disaster unless it has a VERY rough textured finish on it, because putting drywall sheet over a rough surface like popcorn invariably means a wavy surface commonly looks like a gently rolling ocean surface.

Hair spray is one of those things that is really bothersome.  We've run into this alot unfortunately.  And NOTHING we've found will actually clean it off.  The problem is that if you just paint over it, you still see shiny spots wherever the hairspray was.

Our companie's policy is to prime the area with any bonding primer.  This will seal the hairspray in and not let it affect the next coat of paint.  It would also be a good idea to lightly sand the area first.

Our recommendation for primer would be Zinsser's BIN Spray (red can) and can be bought at most paint stores or home improvement stores.  Other than that, any thing that specifically says "bonding" for a primer should be adequate enough. 
This is a good question.  However, the question makes the assumption that there is a paint that covers everything in 1 coat, which I don't believe is the case.  My recommendation is Benjamin Moore's Aura.  Now the fine print.  Aura will cover very well because it dries to approximately twice the thickness of other paints.  However, Aura says it will cover any color in never more than 2 coats, but there are exceptions to that as well, including some deep reds.  The main thing is the color change.  If the color you are using is within the same family of colors, you have a chance, we've also had pretty good success of grey covering over tan in 1 coat, but if you're making a major color change, don't expect any paint to cover perfectly in 1 coat.

Some other 1 coat coverage paints you could use would be Sherwin Williams Duration, and Behr Ultra Premium Plus.

Hope this helps! 
Without seeing the project I'm not sure exactly what is happening.  HOWEVER, I've never heard of someone "floating" over paint blisters - just logically that can't work.  If air or moisture are trapped (because that's what causes blisters) painting over them won't fix the initial problem.

I have a couple suggestions - My first would have been to contact the paint manufacturer - whether it's sherwin williams, benjamin moore, behr, etc. to see if they would send a rep out to give their recommendation.  We have done this before starting a project to get the best possible recommendation for work to be done and have found them to be very helpful in diagnosing what is currently going on and the best way to fix it.

If that doesn't work, I would call either the better business bureau or maybe the local paper if your contractor isn't willing to work through the problem with you.  Also, If your contractor warrantied the work I might re-read that to see what they cover if anything.  

My guess is that there will have to be some sort of dispute resolution process.

Hope this helps! 

Interior Painting reviews in Austin


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came right on time to do this work. He was a super worker and even though I had neglected to get enough lumber for all three of the replacement jobs, he figured out how to make it work. I really appreciate his fine work.

Although I did not hire
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, he delivered a prompt estimate and was a joy to work with. I will use him in the future for larger jobs.
- NA C.

They were courteous and professional. They did a great job and left the site clean and free of trash. I would recommend them as very professional painters.
- jeff A.

The second service in 5 years. They are exceptionally professional and prompt. The return service was due to excessive hail damage.They made sure every crack and
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on the siding was grouted before painting. They removed all the items from my deck and replaced everything to the original place. They also replaced the warped weathered railing . They matched the old paint perfectly. I highly recommend their service and the cost was very reasonable.
- jane C.

Excellent. Set up through Angie's List app for small projects, got a quick response to set up a visit to get an estimate. Very courteous and professional.
The actual job went very well, including custom matching for the exterior color. The crew was fast and accurate -- no mess, great job, took just slightly less time than estimated. I'm very happy with the results.
- Felicia O.

Our icemaker developed a leak which caused substantial water damage to our living room and dining room. Part of the drying process included removing the bottom 1-3 feet of drywall from both rooms. After everything dried out, we called
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to replace and texture the drywall.
We're acting as our own general contractors for the complete process, so in calling
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we had a limited timeframe to complete the drywall process before the carpenters and flooring contractors came in.
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was prompt in showing up to give us an estimate and detailed his expectations of what the process would take in terms of time, while also managing our expectations and stipulating that factors such as humidity could alter the timing a bit.
Over the course of two days (including one on the weekend),
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worked probably 4 more hours than he had initially estimated due to factors beyond his control. The finished product is great and looks like new.
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is a good communicator, easily accessible, punctual, and has quality craftsmanship. I would definitely call him again.
- Lawrence L.

I cannot say enough good things about
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. First,
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was quick about calling me back. My experiences with contractors over the years have taught me that that in and of itself is a rarity. He also made me feel like my job was important, even though it was relatively small. In the past, I have felt dismissed by contractors when I am not looking for massive overhauls. He made me feel like my business was valuable to him, and I appreciated that. He showed up when he said he would show up without fail, from coming out for the initial estimate to the end of the painting. When he told me he would be arriving at 8:30, he arrived at 8:30. His communications were prompt and informative, and he kept me up to date with the progress being made in the house. His price was reasonable, and the quality of work was above reproach. It was also completed faster than expected. He was in and out in less than 3 days. His crew was polite, and everything was cleaned up when the job was complete. They went above and beyond in the work done, including filling settling cracks around the house and touching up areas where my husband and I had gotten paint on the ceilings during our previous painting attempts. I can confidently say that I will recommend him to anyone who needs paint work done, and I will certainly be using him again in the future.
- Deborah C.

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and the team were all very reliable and responsible, and made good recommendation on how to approach fixes, even if something did not go as planned they fixed it. There were no nickel and dime charges, everything was reviewed before and after work. They were on time!
- robin B.

Interior Painters in Austin

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16801 Fagerquist Rd
Del Valle

VenCo Construction

1801 Benchmark Dr


Canyon Lake

Vertical Roofing

925 W Harris Rd

Villegas Drywall & Painting

145 Old Bastrop Rd

Vintage Modern

2029 Northridge Dr.

Vision Remodeling Inc

415 Ranger Dr

Vista Home Services

16309 Elm Drive

VJ Remodeling

7006 Crosswood dr.

VK Construction and Remodeling, LLC

3605 Cobalt Cove
Round Rock

Vogel Builders

3600 Goodnight Trl

Walker Construction

12207 Deane Dr

Walker Contracting

200 Hillview Cir.
Dripping Springs

Waller Construction Services

round rock
Round Rock



Walsh Painting Company

106 North San Saba St.
Round Rock

Walsh Painting Company

106 N. San Saba St.

Watts Werkz

695 Mesquite Fls
Canyon Lake

WeBe Works, Inc.

P.O. Box 269
San Marcos

WF Remodeling

603 Caballero Rd

White lion construction

508 E.howard Ln.

Whitley Interior Solutions, LLC

P. O. Box 776
Cedar Park



Will does it ALL

4508 Elwood rd

Willi Restoration Services Inc

4301 W William Cannon Dr

Woman Of Paint

5801 Hwy 290 W

WOW 1 DAY! Painting

3530 Bee Cave Rd

Xstream ATX

7703 Brodie Ln

Xtra Maid LLC

6600 E Bluestein Blvd

Zebra Custom Paint and Remodel

1710 Prairie Hen Cove



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