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"Horrible. On May 23rd he contractually committed to having our home completely painted no later than May 31st and he also took an $800 materials deposit. He" DID NOT provided the materials that he took the deposit for and he did not paint any of our home. He did have several excuses why he repeatedly misses communicated dates when we would 150% be painting our home bu tnever did. He made promise after promise that he would be at our home with his crew and never once showed up with his crew over a 2 month period. We were incredibly patient and eventually after he refused to paint our home or provide any materials we had to terminate the relationship and hire another painter to paint our home. The new painter incredibly has painted our entire home in undere a week since we've enter into agreement for them to paint our home.
has stole our $800 materials deposit and it's pure shame that 's come to this. We practially begged him to jsut paint our home even after his 2 monhths of excuses adn missed committments. He refused. We then said jsut return the deposit and we'll part our ways. He also refused that. I only hope that someday he returns the deposit and also that no other consumer has to endure the lengthy and painful process of working with
as the process to get a home painted should never be this painful.

-michael D.

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"Typical contractor - mediocre work, collect the money, move on. Uneven stain job. Used 1/2 the material we used when we stained it the first time.

-Mark K.

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Exterior painting

Starting a house painting job? Learn what you need about picking the right exterior house paint colors, painting yourself or hiring a home painter.

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Painting - Exterior

Life seems to pass by more quickly these days. It feels like every time I turn around, I find something that needs to be fixed, maintained or replaced.

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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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House Painting reviews in Amsterdam

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The contractor provided a prompt competitive quote and offered reasonable solutions to a couple of wood issues. Overall the final paint work looks good, but it took a number of emails and phone calls to make it happen and there were some issues that left me disappointed. Isses: 1) Ommission on contract
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to delay in getting chimney wood replaced with
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-board. Craftsmanship not very good. 2) workers not aware of shed trim work. It took a number of calls to have them come back and finish. Contractor painted entire door brown, and had to fix with paint i had purchased. 3) Painters spilled paint in front lawn and covered spill with my garden mulch. Not knowing this was wet paint, when I mowed paint got on mower, and my shoes. Spill never fixed 4) first day only 1 worker showed and he did not make much progress. Project ran into weekend, causing me to have to wake up early and then stay at house till work finished. 5) no final walk thru with contractor, so i had to do this alone and then email and call on issue. 6) if paying by credit card, you have to drive to there store front.
- mark B.
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Rental Provider was very friendly and easy to work with. He negotiated pricing and under bid everyone else I interviewed. He worked the schedule we provided to allow us our privacy. He finished the job a day ahead of schedule and did an excellent job. We were very pleased with the outcome and are planning to use him again for the exterior of our home when his schedule allows. So I suggest book ahead!!!!!!.
- lisa S.
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We are not the original owners of the manufactured home. I got 7 estimates on painting and the variety of techniques and services, as well as prices, varied widely. We had a number of cracks and holes in the aluminum siding due to the prior owner mounting hose holders, tool holders and some decorative items by drilling holes in the aluminum siding. There were some bids lower than Bill and some higher, but I chose Bill because he was licensed and insured, and he seemed more willing to do extra filling, caulking, sealing and priming, and he did some color changes to certain parts which I requested. He also had a great rating on Angie's List.
It took about 5 days total, it would have been quicker, but time was lost due to Florida's
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thunderstorms. They came out one day
and just did pressure cleaning and prep, so it would be nice and dry when they started painting. When they came out to paint, they were very neat and put down tarps and were the neatest exterior painters I have seen.We have a new custom painted driveway so I was very concerned that it would not be damaged. No worries, they did not spill a drop even on the brick skirting around the base of our home. They were very thorough from all of the sealing and priming to the finish coats on the gutters and downspouts.
They were absolutely on time as agreed every day, They used a superior quality of mildew resistant paint which I requested, and the workmanship was sterling, with great attention to every detail. Bill also gave me cans of touch-up paint, in case I scratch it up around the carport or need it later. Bills bid included all of the materials, all paint, chemicals, sealer, calking, stain, primer, brushes, rags and everything they used.
I was really impressed with
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assistant,
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, who really was a super neat painter, and cleaned up every area he worked in superbly. When they left, there were no paint chips, spills, spots, no evidence that painters had been there. But the house looked brand new!
- FredeRick M.
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We called
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because he did an excellent job for us in 2004. We have used him for both interior and exterior work. His prices are extremely competitive and he is a perfectionist in his work. He showed up as promised every day and had to work around an unseasonably rainy week. He didn't need to do 2 coats this time because the paint he applied 11 years ago was still in very good shape and we chose the same color. Besides being experienced and excellent at his trade, he is a nice honest guy.
- Barbara L.
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was very punctual and efficient. We supplied the paint and had the wall pressure washed ahead of time, as we were getting our entire house pressure washed. I only needed the back wall painted as it had big areas where paint was missing after getting a leak in the pipes fixed.
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did a great job and the areas that were affected are not even noticeable. He also removed a couple of window decorative shutters that I wanted painted and repainted those for us. Also, he painted our window sills along that back wall, which I requested. He did a very nice job, cleaned up everything after he was done and gave me a very fair price. I would recommend him to anyone and won't hesitate to call him again in the future.
- Betty & Kenneth H.
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This job entailed pressure cleaning the front porch railings and posts before painting. We have a
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large front porch. They also had to do a lot of caulking and cleaning. The new construction on the back of of the house used a combination of paint and three different stains along with a lot of sanding on three large beams. This was also a fairly large project. The whole crew was very focused on the job and
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meticulous as this required a lot of cutting in the various stains etc..
- Frank E.
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did a wonderful job. Very friendly workers and on time (except for rainy weather...can't paint when it rains)! Our house looks beautiful!
- Lawrence G.
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The men arrived on time; in fact a little early. They removed top
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of the old wood and discovered everything under it had rotted. Because of this, they had to remove all the wood down to the insulation. They were very professional and did an excellent job. The wood was replaced with a higher quality wood, so hopefully this won't happen again. It was a lot bigger job than was anticipated.































This is the second time I've used
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. The first time was for interior painting. Both times
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came over promptly to give me an estimate, and both times his men arrived on time and even finished the jobs ahead of schedule. When he sent Hispanic workers, the man in charge always spoke English. All the men were friendly and efficient.































I will definitely use
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again, and highly recommend them.
- Susan L.

Exterior Painters in Amsterdam, NY

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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

AGTech Building and Remodeling

6 Pennsylvania Ave
Johnstown

Albany Home Repairs

PO Box 301
Glenmont

Albany Painting Pros

14 Columbia Circle Drive
Albany

Alfonso's Experienced Painting

177 South Street
Ballston Spa

Always Perfect

PO Box 4269
Clifton Park

Amore Builder's

p.o. box 1752
Latham

ARAC Roof it Forward

771 Shallowford Rd.

aroura painting

3 ballina
Troy

Atherton Painting & Construction LLC

88 Hudson Street
S Glens Falls

B and M construction

5 wembly place
Gansevoort

Bennett Restoration LLC

1248 Schodack Valley Rd.
Castleton On Hudson

Blueprint Remodeling

7 state st
Brooklyn

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

Clean Cutters Painting

Maschodack rd
Nassau

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

Daniels Construction

47 firehouse rd
Clifton Park

DANIELS PAINTING CO

11 ACORN AVE
Clifton Park

Davco Construction LLC

2107 4th Ave
Watervliet

daves lawn care and hauling

314 Louden Rd
Saratoga Springs

Delanson Gardens

639 Cole Rd
Delanson

Devoe's All Trades

301 Sanitarium Rd
Esperance

DFS In-Home Services

2505 Carmel Ave.
Brewster

DIMARTINO PAINTING

41 START AVE
Rensselaer

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Done Right Construction

13 Lancaster street

Done Right Painting

39 Elk St
Albany

Dymling & McAvoy Inc

PO 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 & Cooling 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.

F Valentine Custom Homes

97 Sherman Street
Schenectady

Fantastic Painting

PO BOX 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

Greg & Jerome Construction

37 Glenridge Rd.
Rexford

Hammer Time Corp

305 Powderhorn Rd

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

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

N.E.S Painting & Pressure Cleaning

2109 Doubleday Ave
Ballston Spa

Native Contracting

119 Meadowbrook Dr
Slingerlands

Naum Shkaf Painting and Roofing

1420 Best Rd.
East Greenbush

NLR Properties, LLC

PO Box 3361
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 St
Farmingdale

Pro Line Painting

18 S Main St
Schaghticoke

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

Ross Contracting Corp

2 Gaffney Ln
Kinderhook

S & G Roofing

191 Fillmore Ave
Schenectady

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

Steve's Painting and Restoration

7 School St.
Johnstown

Style Painting and Tile Construction Company

354 Burtonville Rd
Fultonville

Taylor'd

422 Vley Rd
Schenectady

Todd Jobs LLC

PO Box 423
Latham

TROY'S BEST BODY SHOP

3102 7TH AVE
Troy

True Colors Professional Painting

464 Miller Road
East Greenbush

Two Cousins Property Management

P.0. Box 9
Stillwater

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

White Glove Home Improvement

331 Fuller Road
Albany

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