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"For the most part, the job started out well and as expected. Our house was empty as we had just purchased it, making things easier. We also had asked
" if we could delay the painting of the kitchen, dining room and two bedrooms so we could finalize our paint color selection. He agreed and we assured him we would make that decision rather quickly. The quality of the closet, ceiling and painting in the hallways, living room and main bedroom overall was good. The paint job for the exterior of the door however was sloppy with noticeable paint on most of the window panes. When we pointed that out to
, he rather gruffly dismissed us and said 'that's how painting is done' to prevent future chipping. (This statement was roundly dismissed by another painter we contacted afterwards). The crew also did not paint the sidelights and when we pointed that out, with a very unprofessional attitude, said that the crew would 'eat' the cost of doing it when they finished the job. We paid (in cash) for the work that was done in 'phase 1.' We thought the amount we paid for this first phase was in excess of the percentage of the job completed, but we paid it since he assured us that the remainder of the job as detailed in the estimate would be covered by the final payment. One week later, after deciding on our paint colors, we tried to contact
but after an initial text indicating he would get back in touch with the dates for finishing the job, he never did. Despite multiple phone calls and text messages over nearly three weeks, he did not get back in touch and essentially abandoned the job and his commitment to complete it. In the end, with the help of family members, we finished the job ourselves. What was particularly frustrating and disappointing about this experience is that we were unable to unpack our belongings in multiple rooms of the house, making it particularly challenging with our two year old. My wife, who is pregnant, also ended up having to paint a fair bit and deal with hours of paint fumes. In the end, this is more a reflection of the unprofessionalism of
and the company than the crew who actually did the painting.

-James L.

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"One of the ladies at the Woodsmith store paint department told me that
is one of their busiest painters and I can see why. I provided
" paint and
and his dad performed the work in 2 days. They were very professional taking down shelves and reinstalling them instead of painting around them. They paint clean edges with no spilling. As an added bonus they were were well over $1000 less a highly rated competitor who wanted me to wait 45 days before they could fit me in. I would use them again without thinking twice.

-Terry A.

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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.

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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)
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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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did an excellent job and completed the job in a day and half. I was astounded by the amount of work he got done in such a short amount of time. The work was excellent.
He will be painting the exterior of my home in the next few weeks.
- karen B.
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The offer that I purchased stated 40 hours of painting. I felt comfortable purchasing it because the last guy to paint the same unit did it one day. The owner of
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came over to the unit and I explained everything that I needed done. I indicated that the last guy who did it got it done in 1 day, so I figured that the 40 hours would be more than enough. He agreed. So I repeated that what I paid should cover the whole job. He agreed.
When the first day of work was completed, I went to review the results. What I found was below average results. Electrical outlets were not removed from the walls and therefore had paint on them and obviously underneath was not painted, The majority of the holes from where pictures were previously hung were not properly spackled and sanded prior to painting, so you could see all kinds of blots and
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on the wall. There was even a silver dollar size hole in the wall that was not spackled even though that particular wall had been painted.
Also, there were a few blotches on a few of the walls where they did not paint appropriately. The painter stated that everything needed a second coat of paint. This is not true. The paint appropriately covered just fine in 95% of the wall, it's just that there were places in each room where it was not painted properly and it needed someone to spend a few minutes to do it right.
The unit was completely empty and I'm replacing the carpeting so I stated no tarps would be needed in the majority of the unit. Therefore there was very limited prep work required.
With half the agreed upon painting completed, the
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indicated that I would need to pay additional money to get the rest of the job done. So in short, 7 years ago, I had 1 guy do the whole unit in 1 day.
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and his co-worker did half as much work in twice as much time and were now asking for more money.
Needless to say, I said no.
I would not recommend him to anyone and if you don't want to listen to me, at least get everything in writing.
- Andrew L.
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attended to every detail. Very conscience of quality and resulting product. Very accommodating with regard to scheduling. Always left house neat and clean. Great suggestions on what to do and how to proceed. Not satisfied with an 'alright' job - - in one case they repainted an entire hallway with a different color and paint because THEY were not satisfied with the way it looked! Very professional - and entertaining! Will definitely use them for our next job.
- David D.
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did excellent work refinishing my deck. He finished the job quickly without skimping on the prep work. Very thorough, and gave me excellent advice on maintaining the surface to last longer. I would hire him again in a minute.
- Elizabeth S.
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I contacted Almighty & Co for an estimate in early April 2015 to paint the outside of our rental house. He had a few jobs ahead of mine and when he was able to do our house at the end of
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, he worked with well with the tenant. The tenant said, "There was a group of guys working on the house. 4 or 5. They were very pleasant and did a great job."
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also sent some before & after pictures. From the pictures and the tenant's appreciation of the work done, I would recommend Almighty & Co.
- Doris R.
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After a few back and forth communications, we were able to schedule the job. The provider arrived at the appointed time, and was able to finish the job in less than the time agreed upon in the initial purchase.
Overall very cooperative and professional service.
- Dave V.
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I am moving into my old house and it desperately needed painting. He did an excellent job painting and the cutting in was perfect. He was very professional an gave me receipt. He was kind and transparent. He showed up to paint at the appointed time and was done right around the time he estimated to be done. He did a great job cleaning up after himself, which was very important to me. I plan on using him to repaint the rest of my house as well in the near future. I highly recommend him. He was very affordable and quality was outstanding. His number is 405-625-7772
- Tamara S.
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Painting several times over the last 12 years. They are always responsive, punctual, professional, and do an excellent job that is exactly what I have asked them to do. This time was no different, starting with my initial contact to request an estimate, all the way to completion of the job. They came when they said they would, did a great job, and charged me what they said they would. I always have a great experience when dealing with J.D.
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- Melissa M.

Interior Painters in Bloomington, IN

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2B Contractors, LLC.

2454 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Bedford

A To Z Home Fixins

2730 W Watson Dr
Bloomington

A&S Contractors

409 S. Walnut
Bloomington

A1 Hoosier Painting and More

419 W Pike St
Martinsville

Absolute Electric & Maintenance LLC

5385 North Lakeview Dr
Bloomington

Advanced Restoration & Waterproofing

2981 State Road 45
Nashville

Al White Drywall Service

3737 Pottersville Rd
Spencer

Alpha-Omega Contracting LLC

205 S Maple St
Seymour

AMI Contractors LLC

8320 N State Rd. 37
Bloomington

AP Painting,Sandblasting And Pressure Washing

2 County Road 70 East
Bloomfield

ARAC Roof it Forward

771 Shallowford Rd.

Atlantic Siding

1130 Newman St.
Indianapolis

Austin Construction

4580 Branstetter Rd
Nashville

Baker's Fine Painting

2125 Azalea Lane
Bloomington

Bigger Green LLC

Bloomington

Bloomfield Sandblasting & Painting

2 County Road 70 E
Bloomfield

Blue Line Building & Design Inc

7297 E SR 45
Bloomington

Brent Cole Home Maintenance

6061 Aliki Mews
Bloomington

Bright Concepts

161 Frasier St
Greencastle

Browning Prolific Painter

2484 E Schacht Rd
Bloomington

Buds Painting

4990 Lakeview Dr
Bloomington

Built by YOU

1935 N Locust Ct
Bloomington

C & M Heating & Air

6750 N 100 E
Seymour

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carrithers Construction

2638 Hueston Way
Bloomington

CertaPro Painters of Indianapolis

5151 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis

Charles S White Drywall

1540 Clay Lick Rd
Nashville

Clark and Clark Painters

755 N Olive St
South Bend

CNC Construction and Remodeling

9383 E Mineral Koleen Rd
Owensburg

Coffman Construction

4975 Gibbs Rd
Plainfield

Color Express Painting, Inc.

13650 Fiddlesticks Blvd

Color Theory LLC

3720 W. Race St
Bloomington

Concrete Tune-Up

2600 S Henderson
Bloomington

Constructive Innovations

1040 E Thornton Dr
Bloomington

Crane Remodeling & Contracting, LLC

7156 S Stain Ridge Road
Bloomington

CREATIVE CONSTRUCTION

4777 LAMPKINS RIDGE RD
Bloomington

CTW Restoration & Remodeling

2500 S Rockport Rd
Bloomington

D & S MAINTENANCE INC

1412 S MONON DR
Bloomington

D&M Construction

12234 country pines rd.
Shoals

Danny's Pro Painters LLC

4833 Cedar Branch Ct
Indianapolis

Darrell G White Home Repair

2149 Hulman St
Terre Haute

Dave the Painter...

141 Hickory Hgts Circle
Bedford

David & Sons

3013 S. Stratford Dr.
Bloomington

David Burton

Terre Haute

DC Roofing & Exteriors

596 Metarie Dr
Greenwood

DDA Home Remodel

55 Selwyn St

Deckard Construction, LLC

1001 14th St
Bedford

DKO Painting

Bloomington

Do It All Enterprise

89 E Hornettown Rd
Morgantown

Done Right Painting

7340 E. ST. RD. 45

Douglas B. Spencer Artist, Craftsman, Builder

10122 E. Dobson Road
Bloomfield

Down Under Faux

36 Prince Street

DreamBuilders LLC

5488 E State Rd 46
Bloomington

Duramax Roofing & Construction Inc

8415 Southern Springs Dr
Indianapolis

DWC Roofing Co

1052 Greenwood Springs Blvd
Greenwood

E3 Restoration & Remodeling

407 W Smith Valley Rd, #995
Greenwood

Edens Painting and Remodeling LLC

8747 Fielding Ln
Indianapolis

First National Restoration, Inc

343 W. McCarty St.
Indianapolis

flawless flooring plus

3532 N kingsley dr
Bloomington

Flying Fish Plumbing & Maintenance

310 S Eastside Dr
Bloomington

Fresh Colors Painting LLC

6011 E Hanna Ave
Indianapolis

Golden Hands Construction

334 S Jackson St
Bloomington

H&R General Contractors

11230 N State Road 67
Mooresville

Highland Home Improvement

636 Mountain Top Ln

Hurm Painting

2521 Wise Hollow Rd.
Nashville

Integrity Property Services Inc

1426 Brook Pointe Dr
Indianapolis

JD Hostetter & Associates

9155 Middlebury Wy
Camby

Jennings paint and design

7117 S Harmony RD
Bloomington

JL Xtreme

1416 W 8th St
Bloomington

KC Painting Company

1616 11th Street
Bedford

Keith Construction

3113 Dunn Rd
Freedom

Kings Painting Co

512 W Smith Valley Rd
Greenwood

L&L Lawn Crafters

229 Sadie ln
Bedford

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Legacy Window & Door LLC

540 N. Range Line Rd
Carmel

Leslie's Roofing LLC

6220 Falcon Ln

Low Dollar Companies

4056 12B Rd
Bourbon

LOWE'S

7893 E US HWY 36
Avon

McArdle & Co Inc

603 S Ravencrest Ave
Bloomington

Mike Short

8322 Countryside Ct
Indianapolis

Minor Home Repair

1104 Cricket Knoll Dr
Bloomington

Moore Construction Services

12592 N Sheryl Ave
Camby

Moore Restoration Inc

3610 Shelby St.
Indianapolis

MORGENSTERN HOME SERVICES

PO Box 3533
Bloomington

Mossburg Painters

3071 Natasha Dr.
Bloomington

New Look Paint

4318 Centennial Dr
Bloomington

Olympic Contracting Services

10555 Wintergreen Way
Indianapolis

P B J Construction & Handyman Services, L L C

12096 Sail Place Drive
Indianapolis

PAINTMASTER LLC

PO Box 1346
Bloomington

Panama's Property Service

4300 N Old State Rd 37
Bloomington

Perrine Construction LLC

9901 N Brown Lane
Gosport

Picasso Moon Painting

1911 N Locust Ct
Bloomington

Pizazz Painting And Restoration

7575 West Rose Creek Dr.
Bloomington

precision Painting

4375 Jordan Road
Martinsville

Precision Painting AMF LLC

154 Worchester Dr
Valparaiso

Pritchett Bros Inc

108 Briarwood Ln
Bedford

Pro Star Painting, Inc

5360 N Shadow Wood Dr
Bloomington

Quick's Powerwashing

2731 N Kinser Pike
Bloomington

Rainbow International of East Indianapolis

3940 Pendleton Way
Indianapolis

RAINEY'S PAINTING INC

808 S LARKSPUR LN
Bloomington

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Renovations Plus LLC

424 W County Line Rd
Indianapolis

Restoration & Exteriors LLC

4007 N Lawndale Ave
Indianapolis

Restoration & Exteriors LLC

4007 N Lawndale Ave
Indianapolis

Restoration & Exteriors LLC

4007 N Lawndale Ave
Indianapolis

Restorex Disaster Restoration

1350C W Southport Road
Indianapolis

Rhino Shield

7745 E 89th St
Indianapolis

Rogue Renovation

814 W 6th Street
Bloomington

Romanoff Renovations

3100 Jonquill Dr SE

Roy Gilmore

Bloomington

Rubicon Custom Homes

1815 S Walnut St

Rusch Tutoring

115 E 16th St
Bloomington

S & T Specialties

3939 W Woodhaven Dr
Bloomington

Seamless Restoration

5345 N Winthrop Ave
Indianapolis

Skiles Construction

725 Moore Ln
Springville

Smoot Contracting

112 Bartlettsville Rd
Bedford

Southern Construction Company LLC

7644 South Mount Zion Rd
Bloomington

Statewide Roofing & Restoration

824 University Woods Dr
New Albany

Student Painters

14005 Simone Dr

Sure Seal Restorations

320 W Country Club Rd
Bloomington

Tacoma Home Repairs

5012 S. Thompson Ave

The House Doctor

49 Beechwood Ct
Columbus

The Pros Source

5488 E State Rd 46
Bloomington

Turan Construction

Bloomington

Universal Builders of America Inc

2804 E. 55th Place
Indianapolis

WALSH PAINTING

4919 YELLOW WOOD RD
Nashville

Waltman Construction Co., LLC

PO Box 1951
Nashville

White Oak Construction

10967 E US Highway 136
Indianapolis

WHITLOCK PAINTING INC

7226 E 87th St.
Indianapolis

Wilds Restoration Services

5858 Thunderbird Road
Indianapolis

Williams Construction

6673 N Us Highway 231
Spencer

Wisely Painting

7555 Old 37 S
Bloomington

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