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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.

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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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Interior Painting reviews in Bethany Beach

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They promised at least three times via e-mail to set a date for painting, but never followed up. This has gone on over a two plus month period of time. I am requesting return f my money.
- Jean A.
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Upon agreeing on an estimate for the bathroom cabinets,
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said he was very busy and could not start for a month. I agreed to this and waited. After a month or so, I called to ask when he was going to start. All I was able to do is leave a voice mail. I waited. I left another voice mail. I waited. Finally after not hearing from him I hired another painter, thus setting my project back almost 2 months.
I don't mind if someone is too busy but it is just common courtesy to return a phone call knowing that I have been waiting to hear from him.
- Steven T.
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Services were not used as an estimate was never provided. After showing up late to an initial consultation and waiting almost a week to never receive an estimate, I would be very worried about how the services would be preformed if given the job.
- Steven B.
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has a good crew, very polite and responsive.
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was able to meet quickly, worked with our very busy schedule so we could move in to our (older) house within a month of purchase. Painting looks great, we added on extra items as we went, I think that flexibility on
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part was a big asset. Only complaint was on the back end, things weren't cleaned up completely (sort of standard LA painter policy, cleanup isn't in the bid unless you ask for it) but they worked late into sunday so I took care of that myself. I'd definitely use them again, we were very happy with the job. I felt like they were painting their own house, they took that kind of care. That's a pretty big compliment.
- Luke S.
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I called the number provided and left a message.
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called me back a few hours later and we set up a time for the following week.
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arrived on time on the first day and got to work as soon as I showed him the walls and what colors to paint. I got him some water and a sandwich as a courtesy and he appreciated that I did that. He worked through the day and finished about 7 walls. He came back the next day and finished the other 3 walls which took half a day. He cleaned up after himself at the end of the job.
I later discovered a small paint stain on my carpet that he had tried to clean up but ended up smudging the carpet in the process. I wish he had told me about it and also had been more careful.
- Karthik H.
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Mixed success
The various jobs done inside the house were quite satisfactory.
The power washing of the house was excellent.
The removal of the hot tub was not done to my liking.
The hot tub was indeed removed well but in doing so, a lot of the deck was also removed. We were told that the deck needed complete replacing. Because all the support beams were left exposed, I looked but did not see nearly as much damage as we were told. So half the deck is still open to the ground and all the supporting beams have nails sticking up.
When they were washing the wall and deck, all the furniture and plants were moved into the driveway. They expected, I guess, that we would replace the deck but the price we were given for the deck replacement was three times what we could afford and what I thought it should be. So now, three months later, all the deck furniture and plants are piled in the driveway. What a mess!
Because of my age and health, I am unable to replace these items during the summer but will begin when it gets cooler. Nevertheless, I don't know where I will put half of the items because half the deck is still missing.
I do not let my grandchildren go play on the deck any more.
- Donald and Pamela B.
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Called and met with
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Berry, who gave us an estimate for painting the exterior of our home. He was very personable and professional. After obtaining another estimate from a different company (for approximately the same price), we decided to go with
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. We got on their schedule for the job. The two men who showed up to paint were great! Great workers, and they did a fantastic job. They showed up on time, cleaned up each day, and we are very pleased with the result. They worked hard and completed the job in three days. We are now proud of how our house looks. We plan on using
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again in a few months, when we paint the interior rooms. Definitely would recommend!
- Gail L.
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It went perfectly fine! We connected on a Friday via telephone. He worked me in for the following Monday. We worked out the details via text messaging throughout the weekend (price, paint colors, start time, payment terms). I would definitely use him again!
- Chandler T.

Interior Painters in Bethany Beach, DE

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1st State Contracting

1235 S Bay Rd
Dover

A Parker Contracting

109 Chartwell Ct
Bear

Affordable Kitchens

1301 Enterprise Court

All Walls Inc.

34 Clendaniel Ave
Selbyville

American Icon Home Improvements

130 W. White Horse Pike

American Seaboard Exteriors, Inc.

14 Ashley Place
Wilmington

Apex Home and Business Solutions

1368 Captains Quarters Rd

ARAC Roof it Forward

771 Shallowford Rd.

Atlantic Windoworks, LLC

206 N Railroad Ave Georgetown
Lewes

Aztec Home Services LLc

19313 Beaver Dam Rd
Lewes

B and D Contracting

684 Forest Street
Dover

Beach House Coloring LLC

P.O. Box 1093
Rehoboth

Bethany Painters

PO Box 1167
Bethany Beach

Big Bad Wolf Construction Co. LLC

752 Dorchester Ct
Smyrna

BLUE HERON PAINTING

20 PORT ROYAL RD
Ocean View

Blue Ridge Builders

1475 Middleneck Rd.

Brushstrokes Inc

104 Vining Run
Camden Wyoming

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carpets/Renovations By The Ocean

38993 Beacon Drive
Fenwick Island

CertaPro Painters of Newark DE

78 Willow Creek Ln
Newark

Charlie's painting LLC

313 Delaware Ave.
Harrington

Christopher Philbrick

21320 Ridgecroft Dr

Coastal Custom Painting LLC

18977 Muncy Branch Rd
Rehoboth Beach

Colormax Painting

1318 Biggs Rd
Wilmington

Cornwell Drywall LLC

414 Charles St
Milford

Cosello Construction Inc

17 Saint Davids Rd

Crawford's Alphase

320 Weiner Ave
Harrington

CSW Contracting LLC

22131 Cypress Rd
Millsboro

D & R Remodeling

2187 Hopewell Rd

Dagsboro Paint and Wallpaper

33307 Main St
Dagsboro

DAndrea Contracting

230 Milford Dr
Middletown

Darn Handy Handyman Service

26202 Schooner Lane
Millsboro

David W Brown Painting

20 Tina Dr
Dover

Delaware Constructionology

314 White Pine Dr
Middletown

Delaware Green Painters

PO Box 15040
Newark

Delway Contracting LLC

P.O.Box 38
Lewes

diamond contracting LLC.

31481 Bishopville rd
Selbyville

Donovan Painting LLC

85 Bryan Dr
Rehoboth Beach

Down Under Faux

36 Prince Street

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Fenway Property Management

34 Wanoma Circle
Rehoboth Beach

First State Bath

New Castle

Fix It Jimmy LLC

1 Whipperwill Ct
Selbyville

Fox Construction, LLC

146 Dundee Road
Dover

FPG Painting

p.o. box 256
Rehoboth Beach

Freedom Construction Services

2619 Longfellow Dr
Wilmington

G Parker contacting

225 shorewind rd
Bear

GARAGE MAKEOVERS INC

1710 NW 22nd Ct

Gibellino Construction Company Inc.

1213 Old Cooches Bridge Rd.
Newark

H&S Painting Inc

35168 Painters Place
Frankford

Handy Dan

PO Box 552

HANDYMAN EXPRESS LLC

20212 ROBINSONVILLE RD
Lewes

HARBACH COMPANIES LLC

PO BOX 1204
Ocean View

Her Handyman

619 Evans Dr
Milford

Hiram Grace Contracting

201 Poplar Ridge Court

HOME SERVICES UNLIMITED

8 Alexis Drive
Newark

House Doctors

25 Maggies Way
Dover

Howard's Home Repair

13 Kings Bridge Ct
Newark

J Connor Builders

107 Bluestone Ct
Camden

J Michaels Painting Inc

P.O. Box 7767
Newark

J W Custom Painting-Waterproofing

35935 Johnson Rd
Selbyville

J. Rocco`s Construction, LLC.

22476 Deep Branch Rd
Georgetown

JGM & Associates Inc

17569 Nassau Commons Blvd
Lewes

JOHN BENNETT INC

207 8TH ST
Laurel

Just Fix It

200 Henlopen Station 103B
Rehoboth Beach

Kahen Remodeling LLC

1910 w. 4 street
Wilmington

KC Company

17298 Coastal Highway
Lewes

KC Home Improvement, LLC

121 Tulip Dr
Lewes

Ken Phipps

Newark

Key to your home repair

44 pine cabin road

Lamb's Custom Painting

36368 E Estate Drive
Rehoboth Beach

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

M&R HOME IMP.

189 Hartly Cir drive
Hartly

Mallet's Property Maintenance

Gail Circle
Ocean View

Michael Walker Painting

43 Crrek Rd
Rehoboth Beach

Mize General Contracting LLC.

2206 Waters Edge Dr
Newark

MoldGone LLC

2508 Locustwood Pl

MR SUNROOM, INC. PROFESSIONAL REMODELING

18302 Deer Forest Rd
Georgetown

Neumann Custom Painting Co

36052 Bay Dr.
Rehoboth Beach

NIS Services, LLC

PO Box 745
Selbyville

Ottinger services

28509 pocohontas

Oz Creations Inc. General Contractor

2600 Orchard Avenue
Wilmington

Precision Builders, Inc

1148 Pulaski Hywy Suite 107-458
Bear

PREMIER RESTORATION

15626 COASTAL HWY
Milton

Prolific Painting

49 Lakewood Dr
Lewes

Pryor Services LLC

Po Box 247
Milton

Quality First Handyman Services

1102 Cypress Rd
Wilmington

R&C HOME IMP.

189 Hartly Cir dr

RC & Sons Painting

1000 West Ave
New Castle

Rehoboth Pressure Washing

15 White Haven Way
Lewes

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Renbec Solutions LLC

38 Riverview Drive
Magnolia

Rent Painters Inc

5912 14th St NW

Resort Renovations

782 Garfield Parkway Suite 203
Bethany Beach

Roark Remodeling LLC

8171 Newark Ave

Roberts Property Management

P.O. 82
Bethany Beach

Royal Painting Company LLC

1719 Pennrock Rd
Wilmington

Sandtone Construction Inc

32965 Daisey Rd
Frankford

SCUSE ENTERPRISE INC

2027 Smyrna Leipsic Rd
Smyrna

Sea Light Design Build

PO Box 246
Bethany Beach

Seibert & Smith Contracting

819 Octorara Trail

SH Home Services LLC

111 Emilys Pintail Dr
Bridgeville

SI Restoration

2312 Eskow Ave Ste 2

Singh Construction

206 Back River Neck Rd

SJW General Contracting LLC

31 Highview Ave
Dover

Soda Blast Pros

3501 pine ave

Spirit Building Concepts

792 Massey Church Road
Smyrna

TAYLOR & SONS INC PAINTING

26511 E. TRAP POND RD
Georgetown

TBS Basement Waterproofing

324 Second St Pike

The Fairy Paintbox

519 Groundhog Ln
Smyrna

Theepainter llc

1535 john clark rd
Dover

TILEWORKS LIMITED

10 HUDSON AVE
Ocean View

Tricks of the Trade

1482 Cow Marsh Creek Rd
Camden Wyoming

Trinity Painting

508 Acorn Ln
Dover

TWO GUYS CONSTRUCTION INC

14 IRIS COURT
Dover

Valbri Painting

402 Stonybrook Dr.

WALLACE PAINTING CO

20147 Long Meadow Ln
Lewes

Wallace Painting Services LLC

20147 Long Meadow Ln
Lewes

Waves Of Color, Inc.

16 Ocean Mist Drive
Ocean View

We Are Handy, LLC

420 Sequoia Dr
Smyrna

WILLIAMS PAINTING

149 W COOK AVE
Smyrna

wilson's handyman services

20873 wil king rd.
Lewes

Wolak Interiors LLC

1940 Pavilion Dr

Wright's Painting

1810 Pheasant Cir
Wilmington

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