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"Lane and his crew did a very thorough and wonderful work with the painting of the exterior of our house. Prompt, courteous and efficient service. The crew did a" great job touching up surfaces that needed more paint and left the area clean. Very satisfied and would recommend them to anyone.


's was not our cheapest estimate but the quality of work and speed completing the job made the slightly higher price worthwhile. Crew" arrived on time every day.
was on hand to cover any worker questions. Excellent attention to detail. Repaired wood trim on some doors. Trim and all aspects of paint job very well done. Job was completed ahead of schedule. Everything cleaned up. Great job. I will use them again and would highly recommend this work.

-Peter H.

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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 Kalispell


They were much less expensive than several other bids we got, but they did a great job. Worked quickly, and cleanly, and were easy to go along with as the moved from room to room of the house.
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came in and personally worked on some of the more complex pieces we had, and matched them very nicely on a difficult section of trim.
- david L.

I have no complaints - work was completed in a timely fashion - cleanup was great and finished product was in tune with my expectations
- Jill R.

Wonderful group of men who were at our house every day for approximately two weeks. Did a very professional job on all aspects of this project and did a great job cleaning up after project was completed

Quality work, Quality paint and done with care! I needed our house painted during the busiest season this summer.
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and his team were there in a couple days to get the week long job completed.
- Kimberley G.

Our house is not the biggest or fanciest on the street, but it is now the MOST beautiful thanks to
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and all his guys.
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and the rest of the carpentry crew worked to replace all the rotten wood around the entire house. They did a great job, and were willing to change and redo anything we asked. The painters,
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, and his crew have made our house look new even though it was built in 1827.
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even chased the dog,
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, around the neighborhood and returned him in his arms when
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All the guys were polite, respectful, and always working when they were here. Thank you
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and crews.
- Linda H.

From the first day
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Bubacz stepped foot into our home we knew that this was the company we were using,
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is professional, knowledgeable, and was readily available throughout the entire process from start to finish. Paint Dr has the most reliable, hardworking employees and we will recommend them to anyone who is looking to paint their house.
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- Karlla D.

Although not the least expensive of three proposals, the corrective measures to clean, sand, scrap, paint front porch columns, front door frame, front door and railings, and rear door and frame far exceeded the other recommended proposals. The cost was well worth the quality of the completed job. The painter was thorough, very neat, obviously experienced, pleasant and professional. The house looks new. I would highly recommend
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. The weather played havoc on scheduling the job, but the wait was worth it. Very pleased with the job and highly recommend this company.
- Jeffrey H.

I hired
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to fully finish my unfinished basement.
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took care of all aspects of the job, from framing to electrical, drywall, and finishing. All the workers were great, arriving on time, getting the work done in a timely manner and cleaning up everything.. I have absolutely no complaints on the job when it was completed. I will use
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for all my future needs
- chris W.

Exterior Painters in Kalispell, MT

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A1 Tape and Paint

1423 7th Ave NW
Great Falls

ABC Nationwide Painting

319 West Park ave

Adaptive Home Modifications

P.O. BOX 7278
Great Falls

All Star Finishing

383 deer trail



Alpine Painting Co

407 W Lamme St


2075 Us Highway 2 E

Ameri Paint Precision

2820 U.S. 312

Antonucci Construction

617 N 5th St



College Pro Painters

130 Nickerson St Ste 311

Dependable Painting

PO Box 11137

Edward Evans contracting

300 smelter av
Great Falls

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

Five Star Painting

PO Box 16913

Flathead Home Repair

PO Box 5121

Fournier Painting

15 Preston Dr.

george reid's painting

1627 w main st

Grovom Painting

po box 6641

Hagestad Painting & Coatings Inc.

1034 West Center Street

Handyman Repair

402 Lost Farm Ln

Hohman Painting LLC

135 S Hilltop Rd

Inside Out Services

617 Alpine Ln.

Jurvos Construction

PO Box 3188
Columbia Falls

Legendary Finishes

1111 Rose Crossing

Manzo Enterprises

575 Church Drive



Montana Flexteriors 2

4004 6th Ave N
Great Falls

MountainSide Contactin

4748 Canyon Cr

Norwest Contracting

P.O. Box 101

Painting By All Means

1102 E 1st Ave N

Red Bear Painting

398 2nd ave. wn

Rick A Hudak

2226 central ave west # 29
Great Falls

Rose Consruction Inc

8025 US Highway 287

S-A-M Construction and Painting

2204 7th Ave N
Great Falls

Setzer Roofing & Construction LLC

1020 W Broadway St

Shields Construction

PO Box 1418
Columbia Falls

Signature Painting Inc.

320 Helena Flats Rd

Stavanger General Contracting

741 Avenue F

Sussex Construction Inc

3130 Saddle Dr

t bone const co

po box 157

TC Westlund Enterprises

350 N Meridian Rd #9181

TCH Builders & Remodeling

12 2nd St E

The Clean Up Crew

102 8th Ave W

Valley Residential Painting

147 Old Tractor Lane
Columbia Falls

Whitefish Painting Solutions

2 Fir Ave

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