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was great. I had originally given them an earlier date to start that my contractor could not make and they fit me into their schedule. " The work was completed promptly and professionally. I had a few things that I wanted to do a little differently and the came back and made the changes.

-Holli D.

"Right from the beginning this job went terrific. The initial appointment for an estimate was on-time and the estimate provided was quite complete and competitive." The estimate was provided by a gentleman,
. What an asset! He never tried to oversell and really knew the product. What he didn't know he quickly reached out to the manufacturer and returned to me a thoughtful and appropriate response. I decided to go with this company because they seemed more professional and capable than some of the other contractors. When it was time for the work to begin a crew of about 6 guys showed up. Very quickly the guys had their tools out and began the job. They worked as a great team. The owner of the company,
, stopped by on several occasions to ensure the job was progressing nicely and that I was satisfied. The new siding created an incredible transformation of this house. Seams are tight, planks are plum and joints have been appropriately caulked. Many of my friends and neighbors have commented on how nice the house looks with the new siding. I would not hesitate to have these guys do another job on a future house!

-Douglas W.

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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! 

House Painting reviews in Albion


They worked with us when our original color selection turned out to be unacceptable and suggested another darker color that turned out to be great looking. I was very apprehensive at first but it turned out great and we now have a two
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deck that's much better looking than before. I would recommend them for anyone that has a deck to be cleaned and re-stained. Very personable and polite. The old patio set looks almost new and now we don't have to buy a new set.
- Thomas K.

We found them on Angie's List and the estimator turned out to be our project leader,
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T. He and his team were wonderful to work with, especially since we had to live in a hotel while the work was going on. The entire first floor needed patching of open walls - we had the entire first floor re-piped to prevent a recurrence of the water line break that caused this. So there were holes in the walls everywhere - maybe 20 of them from floor to ceiling that the plumbing guys had left. SOD covered everything, worked efficiently, let us select new colors for the paint job, and made my wife and me happy to see them arrive. They also repaired cabinet woodwork damaged by water, and made it match the undamaged cabinetry. The result is a first floor that looks better than when they started. And if something wasn't quite right - that always happens - they promptly came back to fix it.
Would I hire again? I actually tried to hire them again when an air conditioning installation went south, but
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advised the job was too small for them to handle efficiently and gave me good advice on getting it done at reasonable cost. Quality and integrity in a contractor - a breath of fresh air for us.
- Gene S.

All facets of the job went extremely well. The contractor (
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) came the first morning to review the details of the work to be done and how the process would go. He then came by every morning to inspect the prior days work and to see if we had any questions. There were 4 men who did the painting and all of them were outstanding painters. They moved furniture after we had removed the breakable items. The workers were very respectful of our property and the quality of their work is outstanding. They cleaned up everyday before they left. The house looks great. At the end of the job
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did a walk through to make sure the job met his requirements. He then told us to call him if we had any concerns or questions. We would not hesitate to use
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ProPainting again in the future. To sum up they did a great job for a fair price and did it when they promised.
- Leslie M.

The painting was actually done on two separate occasions, because after seeing the great job
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did the first time we decided to ask him back to do more. He showed up right on time as promised for each estimate and for each job. His finished work was just perfect! All of the edges were very precise and neatly done, which is something other painters have not been as careful with in our experience. He also cleaned up everything! I could not be happier with his work, and the prices are reasonable especially considering the quality. For the second job, he brought along another painter and the work went pretty quickly. I will be calling
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for any future work and highly recommend them.

Price for power wash and two coats of paint was significantly lower than other estimates. Crew arrived on time and was very thorough and professional. They were extremely neat and cleaned up after each day completing the job in three days. I would definitely recommend them for exterior work.
- wilfred M.

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was recommended to us by our real estate agent. They painted a house we were getting ready to sell. Their prep work was thorough and the quality of the painting was very good. They came when they said they would come, worked all day, and were willing and able to do some extra work that came up, such as drywall. The drywall work was also very good. Their prices were reasonable. As with all contractors, make sure you understand what work is covered under the contract you sign and what is extra. Also, if you find you need to ask
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to do anything not covered under the contract, as things come up during the work, make sure you have a clear understanding about what is to be done and when.
- Allan S.

Instead of sending one painter for eight hours, they sent two painters for four hours. They got our entire dining room painted and painted the ceiling in the dining room and kitchen. They did a good job, the paint looks nice. There are a few spots that will need touching up, but only one or two and we still need to install the trim, so we will be touching up anyways. All in all, given the coupon price, we are happy. They did tell us that they would arrive at 7:00am, but when we called at 9:00am when the painters had not arrived yet, we were told that they meant that they COULD have arrived AS EARLY AS 7:00am. No big deal because they stayed the full four hours, but was a little inconvenient because we rushed around to make sure everything was ready and out of their way before 7.
- Matthew W.

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and his crew were professional and did an awesome job! We love how our house turned out. It looks so nice! They obviously knew what they were doing and did an exceptional job. We have no complaints, they cleaned up after themselves and I'm sure we'll use them again. Thanks again.
- Julie H.

Exterior Painters in Albion, MI

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A-1 Painting Management

251 N. Rose St.

Affordable Solutions Handyman Services

24 Oak Grove Rd.
Battle Creek

All-Star Remodeling & Design

3535 Lake Street

American Redecoration Inc

8565 E K Ave

Ashby Construction

56746 Woodhouse Dr

B.A.M. Builders

1515 Orchard Ave

Better World Builders, LLC

315 Prospect St

Big Red Painting Co.

1738 Greenbriar Dr.

Bob's Ext Contract Inc.

8817 N 39 Th St



Built Solid Renovations LLC

123 Main
Sterling Heights

C Squared Construction

2664 Eaton Rapids Rd

C&K Painting and Powerwashing

1323 E Michigan Avenue

Capstone Home Improvement

1930 W. Milham

Casterline's Carpentry & More

143 Blue Spruce Ln
Battle Creek

Clines Construction Group

179 Lincolnwood Dr
Battle Creek

ctp costruction

1028 jackson st

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

Empire Construction Enterprises, LLC

912 Wheaton Avenue

Fox's Fresh Start

5313 N. 20th Street

Furtaw Painting Co.

42429 27th St.



Greater Michigan Remodeling LLC

6304 Meadowview

Hensley Painting & Drywall

420 Gladys St.

Home Improvements

2930 Belle Chase Blvd

Innovative Builders

6533 W Q Ave

J. Pittman Painting

244 Devon Road
Battle Creek

Jeff Breedlove Handyman

99 Bryant St
Battle Creek



joyners painting and staining

8463 gull rd.

Just Rite Painting Plus

1416 Howland Ave



Lakeview Animal Hospital

8818 Portage Rd

Lobretto Custom Construction

851 Baseline rd.

Luna Painting Co

1442 Crimson Way
Walled Lake

Master Painting Professionals

2051 North 2nd Street


59623 M- 43

MSM Contracting Company LLC

2310 W Milham Rd

New Horizon Property Management

112 S. Fountain St.

Orbit Premier Painting

503 S. Westnedge

Ostlund A Service Co

105 East Main St

Parker Maintenance

129 Carriage Hill Dr.
Battle Creek

Parker's Home Improvement

66223 Grey Lake Rd

Picture It Painted

21 E. Territorial Rd.
Battle Creek

precision construction

191 howland street
Battle Creek

RREC Construction

3786 Woodbridge lane

S & S Renovation

44 Fonda
Battle Creek

SABR Property Management LLC

64322 Windrose Way

Scott Keyzer Roofing

123 East Franklin Street

Scotty D's Construction, LLC

1730 Huntington

Student Painters

14005 Simone Dr
Shelby Township

Swan's Handyman Service

18651 B Dr S

The Handy Man

100 Demaris Lane
Battle Creek

Thurston-Celardo Painting LLC

110 Knapp Dr
Battle Creek

Thurstons Painting

110 Knapp Dr
Battle Creek

Tom's Building & Remodeling

21274 North Avenue
Battle Creek

Tony's Remodeling & Home Repair

5215 fordham

V&A Custom Construction

11820 blue star hwy
South Haven

Van Tuinen Painting

5035 Meredith

Vangoye Home Improvement

1075 S Peach Ct

Vestal Builders

PO Box 125

Vieau Consruction


W. J. Burnett Carpentry LLC

16745 18 Mile Rd

Wayne's Construction Contracting

01438 CR 687
South Haven

Wessel Painting

114 E High St
Union City

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