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"It went very well. They pressure-washed one day. Caulked and sealed and painted the next day. I was very pleased, the owner was very thorough and explained what" he was going to do. I would call him again.

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Exterior painting

Starting a house painting job? Learn what you need about picking the right exterior house paint colors, painting yourself or hiring a home painter.

home exterior
Painting - Exterior

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.

Regardless of if you are painting or staining your fence, the most important step is to clean with a pressure washer first. (Photo by Summer Galyan)
Painting - Exterior

Quality materials and proper application can make all the difference when it comes so staining your fence.

Before disturbing lead paint, contractors must completely contain the work area. (Photo by Mark Wilson)
Lead Testing & Removal, Painting - Exterior, Painting - Interior

The EPA requires all contractors disturbing a certain amount of paint in pre-1978 homes to follow these safety rules. Make sure they're following every step.

Gray old fence next to fresh new fence
Fencing, Painting - Exterior

Dear Angie: What’s involved in restoring and staining a grayed-out fence? – Srinivasa V., Plano, Texas

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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 Tampa

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is a lazy, unprofessional contractor and on top of that is a crook. If you read nothing else from this long review, just make sure you know that.
I hired
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at the recommendation of another contractor to paint my house. Price was reasonable so I had no problem with it. He quoted me that the job would take 2 full days. He arrived on time the on day 1, but by 3:00 that afternoon he told me everything was done a day early. The exterior actually looked great. The interior looked ok. Definitely a rushed job that needed some touch up. When I pointed out these spots, he just kept complaining how he had to go so he could beat traffic. In hindsight, I am totally at fault for letting him rush out of there before I had the time to thoroughly inspect every square foot of the house.
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priority was clearly to beat traffic and not have to drive back for day 2. Never could that have been more clear than in evaluating his work. First of all, his crew only covered about half of the outlets in the house during prep. How they managed to remember to prep some but not all of the outlets is a little baffling. So half of the receptacles in my house are now blue. It will cost a couple hundred dollars in labor costs to get an electrician to replace them.
In one room, one of his guys sprayed my recently restored floors with white paint. Did not even bother to paint a drop cloth down (
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swears that he did even though if you looked at how much paint there was that would be impossible). The painter did have the presence of mind to close the closet door behind him after he finished botching it. In my rushed evaluation of the home as
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was rushing out the door, I did not think to open the closet door to see the damage done. This would cost me another $100 in to have the paint removed from the floor.
On top of the rushed job and damages to my house,
Tampa Exterior Painters Provider Name Locked
also stole a $30 drop cloth that I had personally provided. He has since refused to return it. So yes he is also a thief in addition to being a terrible painter.
His customer service skills can only be described as atrocious as well. When I told
Tampa Exterior Painters Provider Name Locked
about how I was unhappy with his work, he had the temerity to text me -- and this is a direct quote - "You have lost your mind haven't you. Just raise the rent $50 and you'l get your money back." Yes, not only did he accept no responsibility for the damages his crew did, but he told me I had lost my mind and suggested that I should simply gouge my tenants in
Tampa Exterior Painters Provider Name Locked
of reparations. Of course, this was back when he actually was responding to me. He has since ignored all my requests to even simply return my drop cloth.
In summary,
Tampa Exterior Painters Provider Name Locked
and his crew caused me about $500 in damages and stolen supplies (I also eventually had to pay another crew to re-do the living room and addition of the house because the streaks from the initial job
Tampa Exterior Painters Provider Name Locked
did were becoming too much of an eyesore). He also completely made a buffoon out of himself in how he chose to handle it after the fact. Do not use
Tampa Exterior Painters Provider Name Locked
Painting. Seriously, just go pick anybody else. It can't possibly be worse.
- darren W.
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From start to finish, the team was very responsive, polite, and professional. They were quick to provide a quote and were able to quickly schedule a time to start the job. I appreciated that they had multiple professionals on the job and were able to complete my job in a single day! They were there right on time (literally on the dot) and did a great job. I would use them again.
- Joe F.
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The house and the trim were done well. They needed to come back and fix part of the back lanai that was missed, but they did so quickly and without complaint. The only part we were disappointed with was the painting of the front door. It wasn't primed and it is streaked in parts where you can see the old paint color coming through.
- Kimberly B.
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Work is great. The house looks fabulous inside and out. The
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team shows up when they say they will, work quietly and efficiently. Got the job done when they said it would be done. Did a great job of returning furniture back to its original place. Have used them for all house painting over the past 14 years and will do so in the future.
- Steve D.
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and his crew did a phenomenal job. They painted the outside and interior of my home and it looks absolutely great.
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was extremely thorough during the process which took less than 4 days for everything. His team was polite and left the place sparkling.
- Ethan L.
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Phiilips inspected house day after contacting him and provided an estimate next day. Said would crew work on house within three weeks, which was done. Supervisor
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went twice to paint store to bring paint samples for us to select for trim coloring (a yellow)., which was displayed on small area of the house (later painted over) . Painters
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and
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did an excellent job on power wash and painting, which was completed in two days.
- george G.
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The painting crew arrived on schedule, and completed the work in 2 half-days and 2 full days. They kept the property neat and cleaned up at the end of each day. We completed a walk through at the end of the work day and a few very minor over-sprays were found and they were corrected immediately. They were very proactive in ensuring that we were completely satisfied with their work . We could not have been more pleased with the job.
- ROBERT L.
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Their quote was much less than I had expected it to be. They pressure washed the outside of my house and even portions they were not going to paint: the screened in back porch made of aluminum which had a
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of dirt and mildew (now it looks brand new) My house had lots of external cracks, they patched everything in before painting. I expected the job to take about 5 days of work but it took them 2 because he used a team of at least 6 employees. 1 day to pressure wash, 1 day to paint. Could not be happier with the job, they even painted the rain gutters, I now have the best looking house on the block.


- Daniel P.

Exterior Painters in Tampa

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TSI of Manatee Inc.

1710 21 Street West
Palmetto

TSR Painting LLC

2552 Courtland Ave
North Port

Tucson Finishes Inc

6418 Kathleen Dr
Hudson

Tweety's Complete Painting Service Inc

4194 Copper Hill Dr
Spring Hill

Two Can Paint Painting/ Misc Repairs

30502 wrencrest drive
Wesley Chapel

Two Generations Painting Company

101 Wild Oak Dr
Brandon

Two Palms Construction LLC

2724 Arlington St.
Sarasota

Two Sisters House Cleaning Service

18508 US Hwy 301 S
Wimauma

Ultimate Services Co

4503 Arbor Gate Dr
Bradenton

Under Construction Inc

8691 Merrimoor Blvd
Seminole

Unique Custom Remodeling LLC

2424 Peterson Rd
Lakeland

Upright Remodeling

712 E Alsobrook St
Plant City

URGENT CARE RENOVATIONS

6531 43rd St N Ste 1608
Pinellas Park

us design and construction

25218 Bunting Cir
Land O'lakes

US Exteriors Inc

2470 Ocean Shore Blvd
Ormond Beach

V I P PEST CONTROL

18420 Livingston Ave Ste 2
Lutz

Value Handyman Team

4513 Winners Circle
Sarasota

VALVEN PAINT INC.

3215 79th Ave East
Sarasota

VanDale Painting Inc

10202 N Edison Ave
Tampa

Vanguard Enterprise Services INC

1120 Mineola Cir
Palm Harbor

VBG Contractors

529 Interstate Court
Sarasota

VBG Contractors

787 US Highway 41 Byp S
Venice

VELOCITY PAINTING INC

5730 Jacaranda Ave
Lakeland

Vortex Solutions

1018 Hook Dr
Spring Hill

WAGNER ELECTRIC CONSTRUCTION

2418 29th street north
Saint Petersburg

Wallpaper Mart Home Decorating Center

530 S Pinellas Ave
Tarpon Springs

Walls Come Alive

831 40th Ave N
St. Petersburg

Walter's General House Repair

2222 Americus Blvd.
Clearwater

Walter's Painting

Spring Haven Blvd
New Port Richey

Webb HomeBuilders Group, Inc.

PO Box 6467
Lakeland

WESCO PRESSURE CLEANING

P O BOX 14121
Bradenton

West Florida Home Services,LLC

2337 Bishop Rd
Spring Hill

westberry drywall & remodeling LLC

5616 43rd ave east
Bradenton

WHC Distributors

8380 Ulmerton Rd
Largo

Wheaton Homes

PO Box 12
Oldsmar

Whisler's Inc

706 Ingraham Ave
Haines City

Whitlow Remodeling

336 Parkview Dr
Venice

Witt Fence Co Inc

6720 US Hwy 301 S
Riverview

WONDERFUL WALLS

4000 - 9TH AVENUE NORTH
Saint Petersburg

woodart

8030 Jackson springs rd

Woods People Painting Services LLC

6621 32 street north
Saint Petersburg

World Class Remodeling & Roofing

334 E Lake Rd Pmb 276
Palm Harbor

WOW of Sarasota

8466 Lockwood Ridge Road UNIT 141
Sarasota

WSV Group Inc

P O BOX 530921
Saint Petersburg

Yeager & Company Inc

2310 Success Dr
Odessa

Yes-We-Can Handyman Service

7803 N Whittier St
Tampa

YETI Construction Inc

13301 Neptune Dr
Hudson

Youngling Landscaping

8080 cessna Dr
Spring Hill

Zentkovich Construction Inc.

14729 WALDEN SHEFFIELD RD
Dover

Ziggy's Perfect Home Solutions Inc

2013 Scotland Dr
Clearwater

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