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took care of everything. He purchased the paint in the colors that I chose, stripped the wallpaper and prepped the walls for painting. " All of the wall imperfections were fixed and the painting looked marvelous. He finished ahead of schedule. I am very pleased with all aspects of the service and will definitely hire him again.

-Laura G.

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"It was quite a job as the house hadn't been painted in at least 20 years. Lots of peeling paint in the soffits, carport and add on laundry shed. They did" a great job scraping, treating it, priming and painting. It looks like new. They were very patient and helpful with my indecision in picking the color. They also left it all very neat and clean. I highly recommend them

-Karen K.

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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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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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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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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 Amsterdam

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' team had a fair quote, and did very clean work. Their team showed up on time, and followed the plan agreed to, although we had to remind them about the trenching around the house. The painting performed looks better than we expected. We have had several complements on the job! I wouldn't hesitate to use
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's painting again, and in fact, I intend to for my interior painting. Thanks
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- Trevor W.
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In September, 2014, we contracted with Reliable to make some repairs to the living room and kitchen ceiling and also to do some minor remodeling of the kitchen including all new recessed lighting. We are very pleased with the results. The workers did wonderful work in all aspects of the total job. They were courteous, cooperative, and hard working. They finished the job in a timely and professional manner. During the estimate phase we found
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to be very patient and listened carefully with our concerns. We did not feel rushed and we felt we received a fair estimate. In fact we said we would shop around after his estimate and he said no problem and waited patiently for us to get back to him which was a couple of weeks. We would definitely hire the company again for other projects around our home.
- Gregory H.
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did a great job. They moved furniture, covered floors and prepped all areas to be painted before they even picked up a brush. They were in and out in a week as planned and the house looks beautiful. My wife was very impressed with Mr.
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and his whole crew. We are already planning on using
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- vito W.
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We have nothing but good things to say about
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exceeded expectations.
He and his crew were very polite and professional.
The ceilings look great and so do the walls. The drywall work in the bathroom was a challenge because of a recessed skylight. Mr.
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to the challenge and the bathroom look wonderful.

- Dana F.
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Just prior to him completing the job, the paint started bubbling. He and his employee didn’t quite understand why this was happening and neither did we so he took his lunch and came back and attempted to scrape and re-prime the bubbled areas. There were only isolated bubbled areas. 95% of the house was just fine but these bubbles surfaced in approximate four (4) relatively small area. 78% of the house has cracks where the boards join together.
In the spring, it appeared that the caulking or whatever he used to seal the joints on the house exterior cracked open. We called
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and asked him to come and give us an estimate on painting our decks and at the same time he could repair the bubbled areas and fix the cracks. He came and provided the estimate and from that point on he would never answer our calls and refused our return receipt mail.
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Ha runs into something that he does understand, he is not willing to step up to the plate and honor his warranty have the value he promised. You are left on your own to clean up the mess he’s left behind.
We are reasonable people and were willing to work with him knowing there was some kind of issue but he was not painter enough to honor his warranty.
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has stepped up to the plate and offered replacement paint and provided names of other contractor to help us through this issue but
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Ha run away from his responsibility which could have helped him understand paint just a little or maybe even a lot more then he did the day he left without any concern as to how he could have helped us manage this overall issue.
Know your painter! We now know
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Ha and our suggestion would be do NOT use
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Maintenance.
- Steven C.
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It went really well!
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helped us pick out a couple different color options and we loved what we ended up with! Also, work was done REALLY fast and price was pretty comparable to other quotes we received. We also have them lined up to do our entire exterior this spring. Price for that was very reasonable compared to other quotes we received with the Angie's List discount!
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has a great eye for color and what will look good. They also let you see a couple samples up first before you decide on one, which is really nice for indecisive people like myself. They cleaned up and never left a mess inside our house while the job was going on.
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and crew are very professional as well - looking forward to having them back in a couple months.
- Eric A.
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did a great job. He quoted a price and said he could finish the job in 2 days. He ended up working late the second day to get it finished, which we really appreciated as we wanted to have the bath ready for use right away.
- John P.
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This was one of the best experiences I have ever had with a contractor.
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discussed thoroughly what needed to be done. He made a wonderful suggestion to replace the front columns with fiberglass to get rid of wood rot permanently. He quoted a fair price and the invoice was exactly the same as the quote. His crews (both carpentry & painting) were courteous and very professional. They completed the work in a timely fashion, which was no small challenge with the inclement weather we have had. Their clean up was impeccable as well. I highly recommend
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and his crews.
- Raymond J.

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A-Z Home Repair & Remodeling

24 Saratoga Rd
Schenectady

A2Z Construction

Ballston Spa

ABConstructionIICorp

36 Anthony Ln.
Albany

Absolute Perfect Painting

1312 Tenth Ave
Schenectady

Ado Construction

215 Sand creek rd
Albany

Affordable Painting

71 Hill St
Troy

Albany Home Repairs

PO Box 301
Glenmont

Alfonso's Experienced Painting

177 South Street
Ballston Spa

Always Perfect

PO Box 4269
Clifton Park

Amore Builder's

p.o. box 1752
Latham

aroura painting

3 ballina
Troy

B and M construction

5 wembly place
Gansevoort

Bennett Restoration LLC

1248 Schodack Valley Rd.
Castleton On Hudson

Brian P. Weeks

228 2nd St.
Scotia

Bricks, Blocks and More

PO Box 68
Stillwater

Buddha's Painting

1221 State St
Schenectady

Business Management Services

1289 Eastern Avenue
Amsterdam

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Capital District Pressure Washing

10 Ashley Dr
Ballston Lake

Capital Painting Services, LLC

98 Church St
Saratoga Springs

Capital Region Masonry

1 Wood St
Albany

CertaPro Painters of Albany

437 Second Street
Schenectady

CLD Custom Carpentry

169 stone mill rd
Hudson

conway custom works

5198 RT 81
Greenville

Creative Interiors

58 Arcadia Ct.

Custom Coatings

955 Redtail Dr

Custom Contractors

124 Paine St
Green Island

Custom Cuts Building and Remodeling Inc.

133 Lower Herrington Rd.
Johnsonville

Dancy Enterprises LLC

104 Gold Rd S.
Elizaville

Davco Construction LLC

2107 4th Ave
Watervliet

daves lawn care and hauling

314 Louden Rd
Saratoga Springs

DFS In-Home Services

15 Great Pasture Road

DIMARTINO PAINTING

41 START AVE
Rensselaer

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Done Right Painting

39 Elk St
Albany

Dymling + McAvoy INC

P.O. Box 820
New Lebanon

dynamic construction

1026 Trinity Ave
Schenectady

E. Perry Construction, LLC

PO Box 384
Middleburgh

ED Henry's Decorating

143 Bleecker St
Gloversville

Efficient Heating Services

37 Bloomingdales Ave
Gloversville

Elliot Enterprises

71 Wilsey Rd
Greenfield Center

Excellent Quality Home Improvement

82 Bradford Street
Albany

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

FANTASTIC PAINTING

POBOX 115
Feura Bush

Father And Sons Clean Upcrew

94 N Franklin St
Athens

FIRST FINISHERS

2492 CTY HWY 107
Amsterdam

FJG Contracting

799 6th St
Watervliet

FRESH KOTE INC

25 CLIFFORD DR
Ballston Lake

Fridholm Painting & Remodeling

1 Fridholm Dr
Burnt Hills

Frontline Property Preservation LLC

47 Spruce Lane
Stillwater

Genesis Painting

115 Mill St.
Troy

Genesis Pro Painting

2079 Baldwin Rd.
Yorktown Heights

Gisondi Residential &Commercial Services

172 blowers rd
Gloversville

GORDON COOPER PAINTING

635 GOLDFOOT RD
Schenectady

Greg & Jerome Construction

37 Glenridge Rd.
Rexford

Hammer Time Corp

305 Powderhorn Rd

Home Evolution

60 Dott Ave
Albany

Home Helpers Co-Op

111 Columbia Tp
Rensselar

ICA contracting

37 Ten Broeck
Albany

ICO Painting

1C Brookside Meadows
Ballston Lake

J&D PAINTING

50 FRANKLIN ST
Gloversville

James & Doraine Bushnell

43 Martins Hill
Ravena

JDC Contracting

52 Phillips St
Amsterdam

Jellco Construction INC

PO Box 4550
Saratoga Springs

jnd tree service

110 forbes st
Amsterdam

John T. Construction

76 E. Fulton St.
Golversville

JPH Property Solutions, LLC

1121 McClellan Street
Schenectady

JRS-Handyman

100 Lawrence St
Rensselaer

JT Concrete

2151 Rowley Rd
Ballston Spa

Knights Construction

181 Clay Hill Rd
Fort Ann

Lamountain Contracting

843 7th ave
Troy

Laurenzo Contracting, Inc.

613 Clement Street
Mechanicville

LAWLOR CONSTRUCTION LLC

467 KNICKERBOCKER RD
Schodack Landing

LEAK PROOF ROOFING & SIDING

Capital region
Schenectady

Leslie's Roofing LLC

6220 Falcon Ln

Level Best LLC

207 Riverview Rd
Rexford

M & M Painting

albany
Albany

M and S Interiors

26 Michael Dr
Schenectady

McBain Carpentry Services

2519 2nd Ave
Watervliet

Mercer Associates

131 Farm to Market Road
Athens

Meto's Maintenance, Inc.

766 Mountain Ave
Purling

MURRAY PAINTING

20 BOOTH RD
Delmar

Native Contracting

119 Meadowbrook Dr
Slingerlands

Naum Shkaf Painting and Roofing

1420 Best Rd.
East Greenbush

NLR Properties, LLC

Saratoga Springs

NML Contracting & Roofing

PO Box 11213
Albany

Non-Typical Home Improvements

PO Box 671
Caroga Lake

NW Insulation Experts, LLC

2225 SW Lafollett Rd

PC contracting

7 Curt Blvd.
Saratoga Springs

PIF's Home Improvement

7 Allen St
Gloversville

Powers Drywall & Insulation Inc

677 Hudson Ave
Stillwater

Precision Contracting

50 Lincoln Street
Gloversville

Pride Painting

33 Defreest Ave.
Troy

Pride Painting and Spackling

835 Main Street
Farmingdale

Quality P.M., Inc

199 Delaware Ave # 1
Delmar

Randio Builders Inc.

PO Box 386
New Baltimore

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Richard's All Around Home and Property Management

1306 Buskirk West Hoosick Road
Buskirk

Romanelli Wallcovering

51 MacDougal Street
New York

Ross Contracting Corp

2 Gaffney Ln
Kinderhook

S. Polsun Construction

54 cuthbert st
Scotia

S.Y.N.N. Enterprise

3 Elm St
Nassau

Saratoga Builders LLC

8 Champion Ln
Saratoga Springs

scotts home improvements

37 elm lane
Stillwater

Seyboth Painting

PO Box 2816
Ballston Spa

SHEAR CONTRACTORS INC

1317 LOWER BROADWAY
Schenectady

Shield General Contracting LLC

979 Central Ave Ste 3
Albany

Southwood services

31 Fisher Blvd
Slingerlands

Spire Restoration LLC

2 Locust Ct
Ballston Spa

Stephen Colfels

PO Box 301
Glenmont

Steve's Painting and Restoration

7 School St.
Johnstown

Style Painting and Tile Construction Company

354 Burtonville Rd
Fultonville

T & T Construction

1358 Van Antwerp Road
Niskayuna

Taylor'd

422 Vley Rd
Schenectady

Todd Jobs LLC

PO Box 423
Latham

TROY'S BEST BODY SHOP

3102 7TH AVE
Troy

True Coat Inc

7485 New Rt. 31
Baldwinsville

True Colors Professional Painting

464 Miller Road
East Greenbush

Two Guys Painting

65 Jackson Ave
Schenectady

Two Men and A Brush

2025 Route 9 North
Greenfield Center

VLS Painting,LLC

1275 Chateau Dr.

WDI Inc

5308 Cauterskill Rd
Catskill

Z-Ipek & Sons Inc

324 Torquay Blvd
Albany

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