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"For the most part things went well. The painters arrived on time every day and were good about cleaning up at the end of the day. The issue we had is that they" seemed really rushed to finish the job to get onto the next one and in the week since they have been done we have noticed areas where they have missed spots or failed to replace recessed lights. We had them come back to finish painting around a ceiling fan, which was the first thing we noticed amiss and had the feeling that we were imposing upon them. when we noticed the other problems we felt it was easier to fix them ourselves. We also did notice paint splatter on window shutters and sills and on floors. Most were minor but still showed a bit a carelessness. They were nice enough to work with and over-all we are pleased with the job but I do not thing that we will use them in the future just because of the sense that they were not a careful as they could have been.

-Stephen H.

"Rich and his team painted our house last summer. We had some re-modeling done and they marred up the front door. We called Rich and he was at our home within a" week. The front door looks beautiful again. I would highly recommend
. They are friendly, conscientious and professional.

-Susan D.

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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 Billings


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did a great job painting our house. Jairo was very professional, responsive and attentive to what we wanted with the finished product. Our home has a lot of detail but
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was very careful and spent a lot of extra time getting it right. Jairo did he not require a huge deposit before starting the job, and allowed us to take the extra time to thoroughly review their work and point out anything we felt needed more attention. Before making the final payment, Jairo made sure we were happy with the job they did. Customer satisfaction is clearly very important to
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and I would definitely use them again, as well as recommend to others.
- Jimmie C.

I have nothing but praise for the work
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did on my home. On a scale of 1 to 10, a 10 + ! The house was long overdue for an exterior paint job. The first day, they walked with me around the house to give me an idea of what they would be doing and what areas needed special attention. They spent three days prepping the house. The first day washing it, the second and third, caulking, as I had serious gaps between the siding boards, (no scraping was required ), and three days to paint.
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spent about four or five hours working on my front door getting it sanded down properly and ready to paint. He suggested that I might consider a different color for the door as I had thought to have it the same as before - he suggesting black. I couldn't imagine that at first but after thinking about it for a while decided to go with it and, I have to say, it turned out beautifully! I appreciated his input, because it really was a better choice. Everyone I had contact with at
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were friendly and professional. The paint team, on time, courteous,and willing to take time to answer any of my questions. They worked throughout the day, never taking breaks. It simply was a top notch paint job! I am completely happy with the work done and when it's time to do the interior I'll be looking to
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to do that.
- Leslie P.

Contacted provide through Angie's list via e-mail. Got an e-mail back with a phone number and a request to contact him for an estimate. I called, got his voice mail, and left a message requesting a call back, He did not. Called twice more over the next few days and left more voice mails. He never called
- Thomas E.

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and his brother were very prompt and friendly. The price was very competitive, and the quality of work was exceptional and the work was completed in a very timely manner.
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had to repair the ceiling in our family room due to a water leak, which required him to repair
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and match the texture of the ceiling with a knockdown finish, painted the ceiling and walls in the room. The finished project was exceptional work, and we have requested him to finish the rest of the interior painting of our house. Thank you for a great job!
- Gina V.

They showed up on schedule and always returned my calls which is very important. My house is large with wood siding. The prep work was done excellently. They completely stripped down to the wood the peeling side of my house. They replaced all split and rotten boards, replaced some rotten trim, replaced any nails sticking out with screws, chalked all areas, primed and painted with 2 coats. I also had a leak which we thought was coming from where the porch attaches to the house and they pulled the shingles and siding off the area and put flashing and a water
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underneath. Cleaned up at the end of each day. Painted shutters and rehung them. I would highly recommend them.
- Carol S.

I had used
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for the exterior of my house a few years ago and I am still amazed at the quality and that it has stood up the elements so far. For this job, I had a bit of a hiccup. I called and
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didn't call me back. So I called again a few days later, and
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responded immediately and he had the guys working the next day. The cost was a bit high, but well worth it because his guys are total professionals. There was a lot of prep work involved because they were painting over knotty pine paneling. There was a lot of fill and prep work as well as a heavy duty priming involved. Although it seems like a lot of money for one room, it was a two day job and the guys worked hard. I would say that in this case, I got what I paid for, an excellent job that should last for years.
- Mark C.

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the owner came out and gave me a price quote personally. When time came for the painting he protected the surroundings, was attention to detail and did a great job. He is one of these guys that have been in the industry for a long time. Good guy! I highly recommend him.
- Diana C.

I sought five competing paint bids to ensure I was receiving a fair competitive
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price/quote. Plus I wanted to secure the professional painting from a local business owner. We had approximately 2,300 square feet of walls, ceilings with minor ceiling & wall repairs to include three bed rooms, 3 bathrooms, upstairs utility/laundry room, major hall way entrance to include stairs & rails, kitchen, formal living &
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room, and a family room. The work crew was extremely punctual, courteous, helpful and very detail oriented throughout the job. Not one complaint during the entire work process. My wife was the primary on-site 'go-to' person. Company provided a paint consultant who worked with my wife on painting color suggestions, samples and recommendations based primarily on wife's desires. She came by several times to check on the process & see if there were any suggestions or recommendations for the painting. The same work personnel showed up ever day on time and worked consistently throughout the day without delay or unnecessary downtime. What surprised me most was the boss brought lunch to the crew on several days to show his appreciation & respect for his team. Never was I concerned about the pace or quality of work. The painting work performed was clean, even in paint application & surface coloring and consistent. Upon completion of the job the paint crew did a complete 'touch up' inspection of the entire painting interior of the house. They wanted to ensure 100% complete satisfaction of the job. I would highly recommend without any reservation this painting contractor. Both my wife and I are most satisfied with our decision to hire this contractor.
- Gregory G.

Exterior Painters in Billings, MT

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Ameri Paint Precision

2820 U.S. 312

BMR Construction

80 Benedict Culch
Park City

Brushfire Painting

5308 Sacagawea Dr

College Pro Painters

130 Nickerson St Ste 311

Cornell Painting

PO Box 50430

D-n-S Rofing

908 mossman


PO Box 51022

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

george reid's painting

1627 w main st


PO BOX 80112

Integrity Painting

1111 N 24th St


1512 2ND AVE N




809 4TH AVE

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