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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.
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.
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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I would definitely hire them again to do work and would recommend them to anyone that was interested.
Anyway long story short, I interviewed 4 painters. who is the owner of Transformation Painting was the 4th one that came to my house to do the estimate. I selected
2. Will do 3 (yes, THREE) coats on the West and South side of the home because those sides are beat up very bad due to direct sun light
3. Indicated that he will spend a good amount of time to prep including scraping, sanding, caulking, fixing rot wood, etc., and strongly emphasized that good prep work is the key factor in any painting job (it even says so in his business card, and along the sides of his van).
4. Could start the job right away
5. Price was lowest (though not too far off from the other ones, and this was not the
main reason I select him)
6. Didn’t appear professional, but confident, and convincing
Everything was good until he started the work (of course after insisted me to give him 50%, and I gave him ~35% instead). He spent total of about 3 days working on my house (3200 SF two story home), but took him 1 month to finish. He came one day and said would come back the next day, but never shown up for a week. The worse thing was that he did not call to inform me. He had to call him and left a few messages before he called back around noon and said “I am not feeling well today” (Later I was told he was not sick,
but rather worked on different houses instead). This pattern repeated three times. When he was at the house, he was constantly on phone with potential customers.
The quality of his work is terrible. At the initial estimate, he was all about great prep work but what he did (after getting the deposit) was totally different. No proper prep work was done. He painted over those old paint which almost came off. He did OK the lower part of the house, but the upper part (perhaps he thought it was harder to see), he painted only one thin coat. The two guys who worked for him, and walked off because they couldn’t work with
After the house was painted, all of our family and friends who came and visited our house couldn’t believe the house was just painted. I called in a different painter soon after that, and he looked at it and told me the same thing (all of the upper part around the house has only one coat, and that absolutely no prep, the lower part had two THIN coat). I had to spend extra money to hire another contractor to put another coat of paint around the house, as well as replacing some rodent wood, and caulking.
All in all,
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