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"GOOD PAINTING BUT TERRIBLE COMMUNICATION AND LEFT A MESS. We used Precision 2 years ago and they were great. we called them again, and had a terrible experience." The job dragged on and there was poor communication. last time we used them, there was no "Manager". this time, there was a person who we never saw, who was supposedly the project manager. He did not communicate w the painters or with us. We were originally told they would finish on Thursday. Then it turned out they would finish Friday. Then the painters didn't come on Friday but no one told us they were not coming. Then it was going to be Saturday. But the painter apparently had an emergency but again, we were not told. Then they were going to finish Sunday but they got a late start. They eventually finished Monday at 6. The painters left the room very messy--paint stains on the floor. He also washed brushes in our bath tub, which left us with much cleaning and scraping to do. There dust everywhere, trash and materials scattered in the room, the old molding in a pile, paint stains on the floor. The second painter did not use drop cloths on the floors. The painters also left their tools and materials (ladder, 2 buckets of compound, level, mortar boards etc). they just picked them up (OCTOBER!) The good news is that the paint job is actually great. But man, what a hassle.

-Andrew B.

" is professional and easy to work with. We were able to co-ordiante the job - staining and painting of the deck, over few phone calls. I particularly" appreciate the flexibility showed in picking the material for the job. Its been over 3 weeks and the deck looks great! Additionally the price quoted is fair and competitive. I certainly recommend as a professional painter.

-Arul Julian J.

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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! 

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is very professional and detail oriented. They were easy to work with throughout the process, and were happy to help address anything that needed to be altered in the scope of work. They were also very responsive by phone/email at any point of time.

The workmanship is also very good. Painting and flooring are excellent.

- Gayatri K.

The job went very well. We originally estimated a 3 day job, but was able to do the job in only two. I even had to change the scope to include the ceiling during the job and not only was his rate fair, he was still able to finish ahead of schedule. This job was very straightforward, so can't say that every job will be ...More as fast, but my experience was positive.
The paint looks good, nod drips or splotches and he left the work space clean.
- Ben B.

It went very well, from start to finish. Innovative presented a very clear proposal that was within our means. Since we live in New and the house is in Virginia, we handled all questions regarding the proposal via email, text, and telephone. The company office manager was unfailingly polite and responsive to any questions ...More we had. When the work was scheduled, she kept us up to date on the progress andcompletion of the project.
We paid a 50% deosit before the job began, with the rest to be paid upon completion. Since we were not there to review the finished product, Innovatifve was willing to wait three weeks from the receipt of their bill until we went to Virginia and had time to do a walk-around of the house in person. We did ask them to sand and repaint a small area on the front and side doors, and they again were very good about scheduling the work and following up to see that it was done.
All in all a very positive experience, and we would definitely use the company again
- Marilynn R.

I had hired Nick a couple of years ago to paint the outside of the house I was living in. His men did an incredible job. When I bought my apartment, I called him in to do the work. I did not even bother to get another estimate. He is expensive, and worth every penny. He painted a 2400 sq. ft. apartment to my color specifications, hung wallpaper, ...More removed a closet door and framed it out for a new bifold door, attached door stops and switch and outlet plates, had his electrician hang fixtures, and do wiring for TV and internet. He removed a whole wall of mirror which was becoming detached from the wall, and repaired and painted that wall. No one would ever know anything had hung there at one time. I did wind up paying over and the figure above, because I then had the electrician remove a good bit of recessed lighting, and install lighting.

I was very impressed with this company. We had said when we scheduled the appointment that we absolutely positively needed the carpet installed within two days. We were on a very tight time table: closing on Tuesday afternoon, needed carpet installed on Weds, and then receive furniture from storage on Thursday. There was no room for error.
When ...More the owner came to meet me the evening, right after we closed on the apartment (not but his partner), he brought a selection of carpets that he said he had in stock and were available for installation the next day. All I had to do was say the word and he would be there at a specific time. If I have any complaint, it is that the selection was rather limited, but then again, beggars can't be choosers. So, I picked the color and quality we wanted. He measured. I wrote a check and told him I would tell him what time to come the next day.
Though there was a little confusion over who said what about the time of delivery (they showed up essentially before I had called to say I was ready), the installation went off without a hitch and it took a LONG time, too. I don't know if it had to do with the odor remediation or the install itself, but for whatever reason, the installers were there into the evening. Nonetheless , they did an awesome job and the carpet looks great.
I would totally use them again, though I hope this carpet lasts for a very long time. So far, I see no signs that it won't.
- Cantor Michael W.

is reliable and responsible. It took us a while to figure out a date for the job (since it was only a one day job) but he stayed in touch with me as we searched for a day that would be convenient for both of us. provided me with a list of everything I needed to buy. He showed up on time, and completely ...More the job exactly when he said he would. The room looks great, price was great and he is a pleasure to work with.
- Ann S.

came the day after the call and provided an expedited bid as there was a pending baby delivery and the understep storage was needed for the baby carrage.
The work was started in the next week and was completed as quickly as the weather would allow. They even worked on Saturday and Sunday as that was the only weather window ...More in the next week (no extra charge).
So far there has been no further water in the storage area so I would declare the job a success. kept in touch as to the quality of the work and the professionalism of the workers.
- robert M.

The work was performed according to schedule with no issues and we are very satisified with the company. They did exactly what they said they would do...make us 100% satisified. The project manager was in constant communication and followed up after the crew was finshed to make sure of it.
- geoff R.

Exterior Painters in New York

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Wolfman Contracting

91 N. 14th Street

Wonder Contracting Corporation

581 E 4th street

Workroom 360

851 Duck Farm Road


45-20 11th st.
Long Island City


90 Richmond hill rd
Staten Island

Yorkville Painters

2287 1st Ave
New York

You Point We Paint

3366 Decatur Avenue

YU Handyman Services

335 82nd Street

Z & ZS Construction Inc

1817 25th Rd

Z Best Restoration Corp.

191 S Broadway


42 W 39th St
New York

Z Renovation Inc.

92-09 172nd Street

Zajac Home Improvement

145 S Clinton Ave

Zaloni HEM Corp

398 Barbey St

Zebe Inc

264 Senator St

Zentral LLC

43 Manila Place
Staten Island

ZGM renovation

1722 West 4th St

Zikos Roofing Specialst

71-45 Austin St
Forest Hills

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