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Painting was great. They gave a free estimate and the price was comparable to two other bids. They were extremely flexible with scheduling." We were waiting for windows to be installed and had to postpone twice. They were respnsive to my phone calls and questions. The work crews were great. They worked hard and cleaned up well. Very happy with the final product.

-Christopher W.

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"Even though this work was done in late 2009, our biggest unresolved area is the roof. Our roof never leaked, but right after the resurfacing, it has leaked.
" responded initially and redid the resurfacing, but the leaks continue to this day (
2015). He has not responded to our emails, phone calls, etc. for at least the last year if not two years. His work came with a 10-year warranty, and I do believe he plans to outwait the 10 years. There have been other problems but are minor compared to the roof issue. The contractor license for Enviroglobal has expired, although
's contractor license for
's Custom Painting is current. The only recommendation I can give for
is to run as fast as you can away from him. We have given him ample opportunities to correct the roof condition, but he has not stepped up to do this. I will be happy to go into more details if contacted.

-Susi L.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Spencer

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was prompt, professional and hard working. Sanding the old deck was hot, hard, dirty work. They did a great job. Then they pressure washed the deck, caulked all seams and screw holes, and applied stain. They worked diligently and finished quickly. The deck looks great. They were the alternative to rebuilding the deck. Calling
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- Richard M.
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Workers were nice and professional. They took pride in their work and wanted to do a good job. No mess. This is the third time I have used Nick for painting and plan on using him for any future projectsl
- Barb S.
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showed up on time to paint all of our outdoor trim. After a little bit I went outside to check on the progress. The painter, who was only supposed to paint the trim white, was also painting my siding white. I stopped him; we called the owner of the company who explained to the worker that only the trim was supposed to be painted. I also discussed with the owner what he was going to do about the siding which was now the wrong color. The owner asked me if I would be willing to go get the paint color matched at home depot and that he would reimburse me for the paint. I agreed and the owner came later in the day and stayed with his employee to paint my siding. The owner also compensated me a little for my trouble. So, there was a little hiccup, but the owner's willingness to fix the problem, and then work alongside his employee until the problem was fixed, left me satisfied.
- Robert C.
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It went very well. We had some problem spots on the walls that we had just accepted as troubles with plaster. This is the first time I hired someone to paint for me and I definitely see now why you want to hire the professionals to do the work. It looks AMAZING! I can't say enough about the great job that they did and how quickly the work was completed.
- Jennifer M.
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So disappointing. Super sloppy work. Very clear they rushed through. The deal was for 16 hours/2 workers for 8. They weren't even at my house for 4. Their idea of rot repair was to paint over it. When this was addressed with the provider I was assured it would be taken care of of repaired properly. That was almost 3 months ago. Now, provider has stopped answering my messages. It has been over a month since I last heard from them.
- Ann M.
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This was perhaps the worst painting experience I have ever had in my 28 years of being a homeowner. We went with
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, even though it was the highest bid we received, because they offered the best solution for replacing some rotted wood trim on our home. After we had hired
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, I had heard some concerning things about their work and contacted them to make sure the job would be done correctly. They assured me that any problems they had in the past (two separate people told me they had problems with CA's prep work, which affected the paint job) were no longer an issue and that we would be pleased with the work. Although we were initially scheduled to have the painters start mid June, we were pushed back until mid
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(except for the carpentry work, which was done very early in the season. The carpenter did an excellent job, although the work came in $200 over budget). Obviously, the early part of the summer was very rainy so we understood they were backed up.
The crew were very nice men, and for the most part, did a good job. The crew leader, however, was not up to par and we were left hanging several days when they just didn't show up. They worked a half day one Friday and left before lunch "because it's a nice day and the guys want some time off". I was assured they would work through the weekend to get the job done (they told me there was only 1-1 1/2 days of work left). They didn't show up on Saturday or Sunday- and when I called the office each day to ask where they were, I was told they had no idea (apparently they did not know the crew had left early on Friday and had not showed up on Saturday or Sunday). From there, the fiasco of will they or won't they show up continued. Additionally, it is a good thing I work from home and was there to oversee the job- had I not been there, an area of brand new siding would have been painted (it had been made clear that it was not to be painted) The job was just completed this afternoon- two weeks after their start date. I had to call the owners about several problems with the job after they claimed they were finished last week (everything from paint on the windows to unfinished areas and sloppy brush work that had to be redone). The crew leader wanted me to do a walk through with him and said "don't be like my last job and say everything is okay then complain to the boss". Wow. Additionally, I overheard him telling one of the crew who was painting a door that he had not done the door properly and that "she" (meaning me) better not complain about it. The owners response was tepid at best. "All I can say is I'm sorry" was the answer I received. I've never before experienced a company where the owners are so disassociated with what their employees are doing. In addition to the lack of attention to detail, uneven quality of work and poor communication, our home was left with a razor blade in the driveway, cigarette butts in my flower beds, a bedroom window that won't latch properly and lost hardware for a mezuzah. None of this is acceptable and yet not a single person from the company has contacted us since the job finished (except for an automated "how'd we do" questionnaire). I suggest you save yourself some aggravation and find another company.
- LAURA K.
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I am 100% happy with all of the work done.
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was great about staying in communication with me throughout the process as I was often at work. Everything was done with excellent quality and on time. I especially appreciate the extras
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did that he noticed needed to be done. I will definitely hire
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and Home Repair in the future!!!
- Julie U.
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I've compared prices with 4 others from Angie's list and they were the most competitive on price.
As for the job, it went smoothly and they were timely and professional. The painting came out great. Would use again.
- Andrew R.

Exterior Painters in Spencer, IA

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ARAC Roof it Forward

771 Shallowford Rd.

baumgardner construction

203 west 2nd
Boone

C & K Construction

602 N. 4th Ave
Marshalltown

C & S PAINTING

po box 32
Spencer

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Custom Coatings

955 Redtail Dr

CUSTOM DESIGN COATINGS LLC

2010 4th Avenue West
Spencer

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

FRASE & CO CONSTRUCTION

612 S Madison Ave
Ottumwa

Frisbie Construction, LLC

PO Box 242
Washington

Gary's Painting & Dry Wall

5491 400th Street
Archer

Handyman's Express

305 N. 7th St.
Marshalltown

J&M Residential

Burlington

J. Jarvis Painting LLC

1005 N C St
Indianola

Kenco Construction LLC

16303 Bluegrass RD
Ottumwa

Midwest Rod and Restoration

941 100th St
Wapello

Pfantz Construction

406 4th Ave NE
State Center

PressurePro

PO Box 471
Bettendorf

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

RoofMasters

5215 S 91st St

S.W.E. Construction

1000 S 7Th
Fairfield

SPARKLE WASH

P.O. Box 416
Solon

Synergy Roofing Group

6323 Evans Street

Touchstone Painting Co

17618 W Summit Dr
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