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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! 

Exterior Painters in Bassett, VA

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101 Starcrest Ave



Around Town Handyman Service

PO Box 255
Port Haywood

B & G Tree and Lawn Care

1285 Carl D. Silver Parkway

B4 & After Home Improvement

11709 Inverarry Dr


5121 Honest Bob Rd

C. E. Gene Comer General Contractor, LLC

1180 Loftis Rd
South Boston


2008 Aloma Drive
Virginia Beach

clark's painting

901 ainsley st

Coatings USA

116 Success Rd
Front Royal

Colonial Plaster Restoration

po box 1053

Cougar Development Corp.

2509 Chubb Lake Ave.
Virginia Beach

CR Painting

5920 Dinwittie St.

CRprofessional painting&drywall

15 woodmont ct.

Cutright Painting and Construction

5001 little flock ch ln

Dicapa Construction and Remodeling

1600 Tysons Blvd
Mc Lean

Dr. Lee's Home Repair

140 Lorillard Cir


14980 Davis Rd
Church Road

elder and son construction

13 captain johns cove

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive


720 bruce st

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls
Potomac Falls

F & M Home Improvement

434 Butternut Dr

Ferguson Home Improvements LLC

619 Forbes St

Floor Center

370 garrisonville rd

Foreman Carpenter Inc.

14 New Bedford Ct

Fredericksburg Painting Services

517 Willis St.

GM Home Services LLC

9318 Myrtle Ave

Jernigan Outfiters LLC.

326 Kingston Rd

Justin Walls Cabinets

379 Ligontown Road

King's Pressure Washing & Painting

806 Kinsale Rd.


37 Viking Lane

Kobalt Construction LLC

15073 Mountain Road
South Boston

L&G Quality Service LLC

4018 Woodland RD

MEP Construction

542 Collicello St.

Michael & Son Services Inc

5740 General Washington Dr

morales services


NW Improvements LLC

848 Quince Orchard Blvd

obrien contracting

69 powers st

osborn services

61 bogey avenue
New Market

Payless Painting

960 Glacier Way

Perry's Construction & Remodeling Inc

P O Box 757, 7719 Brock Road

Pinkney Services

143 Kennedy St. SW

Pride Painting

50 Vista Ct

Professional Power Washing

10271 Kings Highway

Quality Expectations LLC

POBox 678

Rainbow Painting

3028 Hwy 441

Rector's Property Maintenance

801 colonial ave
Colonial Beach

Regal Home Improvement

4002 Hermitage Rd

Reno Remodeling

211 Sea Cliff Dr
Ruther Glen

RM Decorating

2437 Jones Lane

RoofGlo, Division of Boost Exteriors Incorporated

638 Independence Parkway

Rosales Painting LLC

11097 Tar Bay Rd

sagers painting

120 skyway ln

SamCo Construction Inc.

102-B Rye Cove St.

Sean's Interior/Exterior Design Contractor

14870 Mills Ct
Amelia Court House

See Dirt Run! Inc

13616 Warrior Brook Terrace


7317 George Town Rd


11416 Reed Rd.

Stefan Home Service

5901 Sheraton Cir.

Stump & Sons Construction

2103 Jeremy Creek Rd

TLA Home Improvement

15000 George Washington Memorial Hwy

Top Notch Roofing Services

8110 frye rd

TT & K Services LLC

234 Whitson Run

Turpin Constuction Company

2945 Cottontown Rd

Twin Pines Construction Group, LLC

153 Run Away Lane
New Market

Vernon W. Peters and Sons Contractors

265 Wind Dancer Lane

Wyatt's Painting and maintenance

121 Watkins Ct

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