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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 Painters in Vernon, FL

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5 Star Painting LLC

Okaloosa County

A&K Maintenance LLC

1613 Clay Avenue

AB Construction Service

140 W Kennemur Dr
Defuniak Springs


705 Anchors Street NW
Fort Walton Beach

All Source, LLC

Milton, FL

Anthony's Painting

5808 Frances Street

ARR Contracting

3708 Tiki Drve
Panama City Beach

Art By San Murals & Paintings

5711 Halifax
Fort Myers

Axis Maintenance Services

888 Hwy. 98 E.

Building The Future 3000 Inc

103 Mooney Rd
Fort Walton Beach

Burger Construction Consulting Group LLC

5079 N Dixie Hwy
Fort Lauderdale

Byron Hurst, Inc.

1636 Peter Court
Fort Walton Beach

Carnes Renovations

10 7th St

CleanFix Home Management

1556 W Hwy 98
Mary Esther

Cliff Jenkins Inc.

3015 garfield ln

D&D Kitchen Center

604 N Washington St

Denika Construction Group

3219 SE Circle Drive

Dennis Glenn Painting Plus Llc.

8009 hwy. 77

Devine Installation LLC

170 Indian Bay Dr

Dortye Inc. Carpentry Remodeling

609 Lagoon Oaks Cir
Panama City Beach

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

Enviro Care

13800 Panama City Beach Pkwy
Panama City Beach

Exquisite Painting & Home Repair

8810 Commodity Circle

Farmer & Wilson Handyman Service, LLC

17620 Front beach rd SH3
Panama City Beach

Foot-N-The Door LLC

22629 Lakeview Drive
Panama City Beach

Fort Walton Beach Roofing Contractors

124 Garfield Dr.
Fort Walton Beach



Graves General Contractors, LLC.

147 Catahoula Road
Ponce De Leon

Gutter Magic LLC

12202 Hutchinson Blvd. #74
Panama City

H&F Painting LLC.

214 Cloverdale Blvd Unit C
Fort Walton Beach

Harrison Contracting NW Florida


HC Painting

924 Florida Ave
Panama City


12 Commerce Dr. Unit B

Healthy homes and lawns

747 Spring Lake Dr


Panama City

Inside out home imp.llc

113 wellington rd

Island View Builders Inc

6729 De Len Dr
Panama City

J & L Custom Painting

PO Box 429
Lynn Haven

J&S Contracting Company, LLC

Panama City Beach

Jacques Painting & Wood-Care

127 Circle Drive
Panama City Beach

Jason Odem

PO BOX 277

Jasons Handyman Services

841 mulberry ave.
Panama City

JC Building Group, Inc

2634 w county hwy 30 a
Santa Rosa Beach

Jerry Clenney Construction, LLC

1228 Berthe Ave S
Panama City

JG Painting

6155 Hogan Rd
Panama City

JL Padilla Contracting LLC

1921 Estival St
Fort Walton Beach

JMB Home Projects


Joel Construction Inc.

794 Navy St
Fort Walton Beach

K & S Creative Cleaning, LLC

8313 Fields St
Panama City

K&A Gulf Painting, LLC

8623 N Lagoon Dr
Panama City Beach

Kaye Cleans LLC

56 Red Magnolia Lane
Defuniak Springs


262 Belaire Dr
Panama City Beach

L and D Drywall

po box 801
Gulf Breeze

Lord General Contractors Corporation

Post Office Box 99
Indian Rocks Beach

LRE Ground Svc Inc

1115 S Main St

M & R Affordable/Custom Painting LLC

p.o. box 1095
Panama City

Maxwell Independent Advantage

12604 Erin Lea Lane
Panama City Beach

McKinney's Construction Service Inc.

362 Laird Rd
Defuniak Springs

Minor's Remodeling and painting

841 Mulberry Ave
Panama City

P&Z Maintenance, LLC

401 S Burkett Dr.
Panama City

Panama Roofing And Construction Inc

4527 Northshore Rd.
Lynn Haven

Phoenix Claims Consulting

3311 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze

PKB Construction LLC

P. O. Box 883

Premier Reconstruction Inc

5400 bobby st

R&C Remodeling

Lynn Haven

Rent-A-Helper LLC


ricks pressure washing and painting

6403 Causeway rd
Panama City Beach


Defuniak Springs

Sandbar Contracting

230 North Cove Blvd.

See It N 3D Design & Technical Illustrations

500 Los Faroles , Carr 861

Signature Decks & Fences

4600 Collegiate Dr.
Panama City

Sonny Clean Cleaning Services, LLC

11 W Bayou Forest Dr
Free Port

SS Customs

606 Beal Parkway NW
Fort Walton Beach

T M Carr painting LLC

2401 Stanford Rd Apt 826
Panama City

Team Clean

39 Wood Avenue
Panama City

Thorbac LLC

9860 S Thomas Dr


Panama City Beach

Williams Executives, LLC

12118 Panama City Beach Parkway Unit 8
Panama City Beach

Your Buddy at the Beach LLC

PO Box 19373
Panama City Beach

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