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and Sons. We had hired them to do the exterior of our last home just before putting it on the
to sell and they did an excellent job on that, too.

-Scott Q.

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"He did some extensive work for us. We had a good experience with him. It ended up costing more than we thought because it took longer. He was an excellent painter." He did a great job. He was very neat and a perfectionist when it came to doing his work well. He did a very good job. One thing he was especially good at was cleaning up after himself. He did a much better job of that than a lot of workers would.

-JOHN and Phyllis P.

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Life seems to pass by more quickly these days. It feels like every time I turn around, I find something that needs to be fixed, maintained or replaced.

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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.

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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.

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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. 
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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! 
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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! 
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House Painting reviews in Madison

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They were great! They came and gave me an estimate for interior painting. While they were here I told them I also needed my deck painted. The owner said they could do my deck as well, they were timely and professional.
- barbara F.
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I think I may have found the person who did the work on Angie’s List. The experience was very good. It was excellent. They gave me an estimate and they did what they said they would do properly, and I was happy with the work. It was a small job on the exterior of my house, and I was glad that they were able to do it. It was a small area and I was glad they were able to do it quickly. I
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’t know what is the fair price. To me it is more the fact that they get it done on time and they get it done well, and the price is less important.
- Carol W.
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It was all good. They’re expensive. The porch paint is going to peel anyway but it’s starting to peel already. Punctuality and professionalism was good.
- shaheen S.
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's great. I'll be working with him again. Very professional and friendly; started and finished promptly.
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replaced rotted wood on the 3-season porch of my 1920's house, and painted the whole porch inside and out. After starting the job he found quite a bit more rot, which resulted in going slightly over the original estimate, but not by much. In other words, he cares about doing a good job and also tried to stick to original estimate. He suggested we try a slightly different color scheme, which vastly improved the look of my porch and has resulted in some nice compliments from friends/neighbors. I'll be working with
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- Nicholas M.
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They did a superb job on the painting and did a good job with clean up, as well. While their price was a bit higher than other estimates, they honored their estimate exactly and were conscious of my concern for cost and thus did not perform extra jobs without asking me first. They finished the job in less than a week with their crew. I would highly recommend them to others.
- Matthew R.
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As noted above, service was performed to my full satisfaction.
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even helped me with ideas on a home heater for a bedroom distant from the furnace. Would not hesitate to recommend him.
- Richard P.
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Attention to detail. got rid of mold/mildew in rafters of porch. scraped spots that needed it on deck and porch. Efficient, timely, pleasant.
- Carol O.
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I must say that
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does quality work -when he works. I signed a contract in February for painting to start in May. From the beginning, there were delays, He would show up for a few hours on Monday, and then not again until Friday. He lost his insurance for several days, he lost 1/2 his crew - so now he only had one full time painter, plus himself. The job took 8 weeks to complete-and details he promised and paid for where never completed. Then he submits a bill for over $2000 extra. During our entire process, I would sit down with him and ask where we were with the bill. When he submitted the new bill, I asked him repeatedly to contact me, and tell me how he came to the new figure. Each time he made an appointment to meet, he didn't show up. He then sends me a nasty text message, saying how nasty I was to work for, how I abused his workers, how he wasn't going to finish my job , and I owed him money. His final check had been sent to him 7 days prior. He had not checked his mailbox. I never received an apology Beware. He says he can do all the things you need done, but does not follow through
- marilynn M.

Exterior Painters in Madison

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A & J Painitng

2217 Luann Ln
Madison

A H Remodeling LLC

306 Eugenia Ave
Madison

A&A Painting

5711 Claredon Dr
Madison

A&E Construction and Remodeling, LLC

1737 Park Street
Middleton

Abbey Group LLC

2628 Arbor Dr
Madison

Accurate Custom Creations

3926 Calvert Rd
Madison

Accurate Power Washing

2264 Manley Dr
Sun Prairie

Ace Drywall

643 Thompson St
Portage

Action Organizing Services LLC®

5464 N Port Washington Rd
Milwaukee

Advanced Outdoor Services

673 Nygaard St
Stoughton

Alchemy Painting

515 Rainbow Rd.
Spring Green

All Season Exteriors

408 S Madison St
Stoughton

All Star Quality Painting

2868 A S 9th PL
Milwaukee

Althafer Construction LLC

203 Lathrop St
Madison

ANB Home Transitions

6907 University Ave
Middleton

APEX Painting Inc

5001 Barton Road
Madison

ARTISAN EXTERIORS

5797 Valley Rd
Avoca

As You Wish Painting LLC

2024 Parmenter St
Middleton

B&B Home Renovations

24 sinykin cir

B&W Painting Inc

621 N Sherman Ave
Madison

Badger Den Remodeling

601 Topeka Dr
Lake Mills

Ballweg Landscaping

Cottage Grove

Barnscrapers Painting LLC

PO Box 38
Mineral Point

BARRY FRECHETTE BUILDERS

1497 PAULSON RD
Hollandale

Bastien Decorating CO

3702 Lexington Ave
Madison

Beckwith Painting

108 West St
Edgerton

Best Painting Service

2801 Sylvan Ave
Madison

Blackhawk Contractors, Inc

W2267 Evergreen LN
Lyndon Station

Borg Custom Renovations

901 Frederick street

Braun Painting

1 Black Stone Circle
Madison

Brents Fine Painting LLC

7050 State Road 19
Waunakee

Bridgeworth Painting Co.

1408 Liberty Ln
Janesville

Callies Creations

N6843 Donlin DR.
Pardeeville

Callies Creations

Mount Horeb

CARLSON CONSTRUCTION LLC

322 NORTH ST
Madison

Carpenters Unlimited LLC

839 Columbia Dr
Poynette

CertaPro Painters of Madison, WI

6320 Monona Dr.
Madison

CertaPro Painters of Madison-West

6701 Seybold Dr
Madison

CertaPro Painters of North Scottsdale

15560 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd

cherek painting

5680 lexington st

cherek painting

5680 lexington st

CHRISTENSEN CONSTRUCTION

1117 Jonathon Dr
Madison

Christopher Ross Contracting LLC

1310 Mendota St
Madison

Classic Concepts Painting LLC

4609 Onaway Pass
Madison

classic renovations

4429 milwaukee str.
Madison

Country Painters

123 Orchard St
Edgerton

Craig Korb Construction

PO Box 259003
Madison

Culver's Painting LLC

2125 Arrowhead Ct
Elm Grove

Currently Painting

738 Mills Street, Apt. 2
Black Earth

Custom Painting

9026 Boelter Lake Dr
Almond

CUSTOM PAINTING & WALLPAPER INC

1717 WICKLOW WAY
Madison

Dan Dietrich Painting

3837 Clover Lane
Madison

David Seaman Painting

5302 Greenbriar Ln
Madison

Dellwood Building & Remodeling

2061 French St
Friendship

DeMeuse Painting

800 4th St
Algoma

Detail Contracting, LLC

N550 7th Ct
Coloma

diamond remodeling

n9016 buckhorn rd
Beaver Dam

Diversified Contracting LLC

PO Box 314
Wisconsin Dells

Divine Construction LLC

2802 Moland Street
Madison

Don Haggerty Painting

1090 Vinyard Dr.
Oregon

Don's Painting

5580 Moonlight Dr
Waunakee

Doyle's Rockstar Painting & Design

916 Sunset Dr
Cottage Grove

EA Building Company

5014 Violet Ln
Madison

EARLY BIRD PAINTING, LLC

926 Sky Ridge Dr
Madison

Earthly Landscapes

445 Blankenheim Lane
Sun Prairie

EcoDec Coatings

4229 Argosy Court
Madison

Epic Painting LLC

523 E Lakeview Ave
Madison

Eric Welch Painting

1242 Williamson St
Madison

Fabricio's Upholstery

5500 Goucher Ln
Madison

Gary Harmon

Madison

Genesis Exteriors

4401 Femrite Dr
Madison

Genesis Painting

4401 Femrite Drive
Madison

Glacier Painting

4231 Argosy Ct
Madison

Godfrey Painting

10 Wood Cir

GottaPro Carpentry

3918 Sycamore Ave
Madison

Gottschalk Painting

W5862 Wangsness Rd
De Forest

Hammer Builders LLC

9830 Dunlap Hollow Rd
Mazomanie

Handy Home Services

6219 US Hwy 51 South
Janesville

Handyman Kevin

W10862 Tipperary Road
Poynette

Handyman Matters of Madison

5613 Stadium Dr.
Madison

HANDYMAN SERVICES

304 CROCUS CIR
Madison

HARVEY'S PAINTING

3725 SARGENT ST
Madison

HGS Protective Coatings

4900 Ivywood Trl
Mc Farland

Hodson Construction LLC

6907 University Ave #251
Middleton

HOMES PLUS PAINTING CO.

3685 T BIRD WAY
Cottage Grove

Hometown Painting Services LLC

2157 Sugar River Road
Verona

Jim Bartholemew

N2106 Back Forty Rd
Lodi

Jim Kallerud's painting

4613 Anniversary Lane
Madison

Jim's Painting & Remodeling

7235 Maywood Ave
Middleton

Jl General Contractors - Josh Pap

1017 Jonathon Dr.
Madison

JNS Remodeling

46 N West Sedgemeadow St
Elkhorn

Johnson-Phoenix Group L.L.C.

PO Box 14600
Madison

K & N Services

9920 W St Rd 213
Beloit

Lasting Impressions Decorating

405 W Oak St
Baraboo

Laura B Anderson Painting

2917 Fairview St
Madison

Lunar Homes & Development

412 Coyle Parkway
Cottage Grove

M&M Contracting

N6378 Raven Rd
Pardeeville

Madison Brush Works Inc

5586 Ralph Road
Oregon

Madison Paint Pros

5250 E Terrace Drive
Madison

MADISON RESIDENTIAL LLC

3734 Shiloh Rd
De Forest

Madtown Homeworks LLC

4453 Hillcrest Dr
Madison

MAGIC CARPET

Sauk City

Mass Carpet Care LLC

PO Box 259908
Madison

Matsen Painting LLC

22827 Cassandra Ct
Kansasville

Megna Painting LLC

157 Farrell Street
Madison

michaels painting

4012 Terminal Dr.
Mc Farland

My Painting Solution LLC

1614 N Thompson Dr #306
Madison

Naturally Refined Painting

3020 Triverton Pike Dr
Madison

NIMBUS CONSTRUCTION

1122 STEWART ST
Madison

Outdoor Learning Maps

949 Fairview Ave

Painting Solutions

1614 N Thompson Dr Suite 306
Madison

Painting Solutions LLC

408 Six Street
Menasha

Paramount Home Services LLC

203 Phillips Blvd.
Sauk City

Parson Painting

PO Box 396
Fox Lake

Paul Davis Restoration Inc

3432 County Hwy N
Cottage Grove

paul K. Armstrong

1514 Martin St
Madison

PAULSON REMODELING, LLC.

1218 Eaton Ave.
Beloit

Perfect Painting

2785 Toller Rd
Mcfarland

Perfection Painting

7009 Cardinal Drive
Middleton

Performance Painting

220 e tyranena park rd
Lake Mills

PETERS PAINTING CONTRACTORS

518 Charles Lane
Madison

Polansky Painting

521 W Doty St
Madison

PRECISION PAINTING

1270 Cardinal Crest Dr
Sun Prairie

Premier Paint & Wallpaper

4950 Voges Rd
Madison

Premier Presurre Washing

4712 Burma Rd
Mc Farland

Pro WoodCare Inc

W194 N11492 McCromick Dr
Germantown

property heroes

2971 index road #310
Fitchburg

Property Image LLC

967 Jonathon Dr
Madison

Property Maintenance Plus

5031 Church Road
Middleton

Property Revival, LLC

4123 Terminal Dr.
Mc Farland

Quantum Express Network

5540 Gerend Rd.
Waunakee

Ray Webber Painting

1510 Woodvale Dr
Oregon

Recover Painting

5231 Snapdragon Trail
Madison

Refresh Painting & Remodeling, LLC

2712 Center Av.
Madison

Renovate This Place, LLC

17 Arial Cir
Madison

Retired Pro Painting

2038 Continental lane
Cross Plains

Revolution Property Services

E1612 State Rd 33
Portage

ROBERT'S PAINTING

5309 Tolman Ter
Madison

rockwell painting

1766 drotning rd.
Stoughton

RODGERSON PAINTING

936 COLUMBIA DR
Poynette

Ronale's Construction & Maintenance

112 W Klubertanz Dr
Sun Prairie

Russ' Painting, LLC

PO box 243
Lake Mills

RUSSELL B KIEN

220 N STEVENSON ST
De Forest

Sand County Contracting LLC

512 Oak St
Baraboo

Schiek Finishes & Designs Inc

7129 Birchstone Dr
Madison

Schwoegler Remodeling LLC

4210 East Washington Ave
Madison

SCOTT'S PAINTING SERVICE

5610 WOODGLEN TRAIL
Madison

Seagull Enterprises

700 w south st
Stoughton

She's Painting Again

202 Jennifer Lane
Fall River

Spectrum Home Services

4610 Conestoga Trail
Cottage Grove

Spray Tech

9236 n arrowhead shores rd
Edgerton

STATZ PAINTING & DECORATING

7352 DARLIN CT
Dane

Steele Home Repair LLC

PO Box 628463
Middleton

Sullivan Home Improvements

PO Box 113
Mazomanie

SUPER PAINTERS

1317 HOBBY HORSE RD
Oregon

Superior Exteriors & Interiors LLC

558 Eisenhower Dr
Kimberly

SYSTEM AND REPAIRS

PO BOX 3091
Madison

TAK Remodeling LLC

1791 Borchert Rd
Verona

Ted's Painting

902 North High Point Rd.
Madison

The Gofer Guys LLC

1560 State Road 19
Marshall

Thomas Lulinski Home Finishing Inc

1109 Giles St
Stoughton

Thrift Painting

1220 Femrite Dr
Madison

TLC Painting

1109 Park St
Stoughton

Tom's Painting

5418 Penny Ln
Madison

Tony Trapp Remodeling & Repairs LLC

222 N Midvale Blvd Ste 29
Madison

Top Notch Construction

P.O. Box 8152
Madison

TREES-R-US

7615 PINE ROAD
Arena

Troll Home Maintenance & Makeover LLC

915 County Highway H
Mt. Horeb

TROY GUGLIELMINA QUALITY PAINTING

5514 HAMMERSLEY RD
Madison

Tru-Colors Painting Service

936 Acewood Blvd
Madison

URBAN REMODELING

4603 MONONA DR
Madison

Warden & Sons

5201 Tokay Blvd
Madison

Washa Construction Inc

4915 Farwell St
Mcfarland

WCM Painters

505 Alan Drive

We Aim To Please

4023 E Tower Rd
Mc Farland

Westring Construction LLC

4509 American Ash Drive
Madison

WILLIAM C MICHAELIS

821 REDLAND DR
Madison

WISCONSIN LANDSCAPES AND REMODELING INC

10921 SPRING CREEK RD
Blue Mounds

WOODCHUCK TREE & YARD SVC LLC

9913 Arthur Ln
Mount Horeb

ZANDER SOLUTIONS LLC

3316 MEADOW RD
Verona

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