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"While the initial walkthrough with the owner was easy and pleasant the follow through left much to be desired. I was told that the cost included stripping away" the many layers of old paint from the doors, door frames, and window frames as or house is almost 100 years old and had many layers. None of this was done. Instead a work group of three guys showed up and painted everything in one day with no priming, sanding, stripping, or prepping. As a result none of our closet doors close and our window and door frames look no better than they did before and it looks like many were not even painted. They also got the colored wall paint on the sides of the window/door frames and when we pointed this out to the works they tried to say that no one would notice and only after we insisted did they go back and paint over it in white. While the walls looks great (how hard is it to paint walls anyway) the difficulty we now have closing doors outweighs any benefits. Also, due to the now many many layers of paint on our door frames when we can close them it pulls away more of the paint and looks terrible. After we complained they sent out a new worker who fixed one of the closet doors but that was all. All in all, not a good experience and I will go someplace else for our painting needs.

-Oliver F.

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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

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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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Exterior Painters in Washington DC

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3-R Contracting, LLC

237 East Davis Street

360 Painting

101 N Columbus St

360 Painting

4 Swansea Cove

4 Service Pros

2010 Corporate Ridge

5th Gen Group

8704 Garfield Street

A & A ABATEMENT

5344 RIESTERSTOWN RD

A & B CONTRACTORS

1722 Whitehall Dr.

A & B DECORATING

3700 THURNER CT

A & J Home Remodeling

3212 South 13th Rd

A & J Painting

4360 Ivymount Ct

A Square Contractor

16509 Raven Rock Dr

A to Z Decorators

3802 Claremont Lane

A Work Of Art

3380 Ladino Ct

A&D Remodeling LLC

15403 Bounds Avenue

A&E Cleaning Service

840 S Dickerson St

A&I Home Improvements

10610 Lockridge Dr

A&K Remodeling

Po Box 2266

A+ Handyman

224 Doe Trl

A-1 CONSTRUCTION

1102 ATLANTIC DR

A-1 Handyman

4704 Eddystone St

A-1 Installations, LLC

8612 Linton Hall Road

A-Pro Renovation

1629 K St. NW
Washington

A-Z Home Service

5754 Lichenbark Cir

A.C. PAINTING

203 old macdonald rd #538

A.M. Painting LLC

244 Coventry Sq

A1 Pro Wallcovering

18514 RELIANT DRIVE

A1A Inc.

229 Menefee Ln

A2Z Design2build

20014 appledowre circle

AAA Home Improvement

6400 Bells Mill Rd

AAC REMODELING

1540 Maurice Dr

Abbey Energy and Exteriors

21465 Price Cascades Plaza

ABC Design and Build Inc

6715 Blacklick Rd

abcmarylandpainting.com

4955 bayside rd

ABE-Remodeling Co

5006 Garrett Ave

Abell's Custom Painting

26377 Jones Wharf Rd

Absolute Home Solutions Inc

16 Hidden Valley Ct

AC Remodeling Inc

4 Goodport Ln

AC solutions&more

2109 highcourt ln

Academy Remodeling

8208 Wahly Dr

Accents Painting Plus Inc

12416 Pretoria Dr

ACE Home Repairs

20810 Noble Terrace

ACE PressureWashers Inc

4200 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington

Ace Remodeling

P.O. Box 5935

Acosta Consulting LLC

5165 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington

Acosta Contracting Services, LLC

3936 Persimmon Dr. # 204

Action Decor LLC

9605 Watkins Rd

Active Home Renewal

1409 Broadwood Dr

Acute building construction, llc

2017 Vermont Ave NW
Washington

ACV Home Improvement LLC

6748 Jenny Leigh Ct

Adam Contracting LLC

8811 Sudley Rd

Adams Custom Painting LLC

7666 Summerfield Hills Dr

Adan Painting

9545 Blake Ln

Adela Construction

10319 Westlake Dr

Adelphia Exteriors

4820 Dodson Dr

ADM Contracting

3003 Flat Meadow Ct

Adriani Brothers Construction

26338 Jones Wharf Rd

ADVANCED CONTRACTING INC

34301 WILLIAMS GAP RD.

Advanced Painting

319 William St

Affinity Painting

10241 Roberts Common Lane

Affordable Painting

21595 Abell Rd

Affordable Renovations

10218 Rodgers Rd

AHE CONTRACTOR

211 E. Tantallon Drive

Aiello & Sons Painting LLC

2226 W Palace Green Terrace

AIR TECH INT'L

7903 Cole Ave

AJ Ross Service

5406 Riverdale Rd

AK Painting

13985 Gunners Pl.

Al Merryman Painting

217 Lorraine Ave

Al's Painting

13002 Lutes Dr

Alba Contracting Co

1510 S George Mason Dr

Alba Stone Masonry

6914 Gillings Rd

Alberto's Painting

10 big acre sq

Alco Painting

920 Hillcrest Dr SW

Alco Products Inc

7714 Cindy Ln

ALLNONE

1617 CHERRY HILL RD

Almighty & Co LLC

81 Laurel Mills Road.

ALP Painting LLC

4706 Sellman Road

Alpes Decorating

20812 Aerle Dr

AlvaradoContractor

5708 31st Ave

Amarc Solutions

40820 Woodside Place

Amazing Contractors LLC

5404 Littleford St

Ambrod Construction

19113 St Johnsbury Ln

American Stripping Co

9205 Vassau Ct

americans choice services

11213 smithfeild rd

Americas Best Contractor

2972 Ps Business Center Dr

AMS HOME IMPROVEMENT

2517 Oakenshield Dr

AMS Home Remodeling LLC

6755 Greatnews Ln

Anderson Construction

12004 Mastbrook Lane

Androconst LLC

5268 G Nicholson Ln.

APEX PAINTING LLC

42750 NATIONS ST

Apex Waterproofing Inc

2972 PS Business Center Drive

Apollo Builders

P.O.Box 322

Appearance Services LLC

4008 Maple Street

ARAS PRO-TECH

8127 15TH Ave. Apt. 101

Area Construction

12339 Folkstone Drive

ARJ Group, Inc.

412 H St NE
Washington

Arlington Color Consultants

400 North Washington #106

Associated Craftsmen

7579 Stoney Rum Dr

ASSOCIATES LLC

Washington

AT HOME LLC

9228 SANDY LAKE CIR

At Your Home Services

17716 Crystal Spring Ter

Atlantic Chimney Service LLC

28272 St Michaels Rd

Atlas Home Inspection

1614 N Wakefield St

Atlas Roofing Co

7311 Highland St

ATR Painting & Remodeling

5912 Cove Landing Rd

B & B Quality Home Improvement

13251 overcup oak court

B & G Tree and Lawn Care

1285 Carl D. Silver Parkway

B & Y Backhole Service

5412 Whitfield Chapel Rd

B &B M Restoration

10613 Worcester avenue

B BURNS CONSTRUCTION

5019 Rodman Rd

B T Martin Contractors

7130 Rock Creek Dr

B&M Painting Inc

92 E. Burr Blvd.

B&R Painting, LLP

14321 Lindendale Rd.

B&W Painting Company

329 Prince George Street

B.A.I Construction

2815 Gibson Oaks dr

B.I.A. CONTRACTORS LLC

3206 ANNANDALE RD

B.K. Services

504 kibler circle

Bair Group LLC

11160 C1 South Lakes Dr

BALCHUN CONSTRUCTION LLC

11841 MARMARY RD

Baltimore Power Wash LLC

1525 Byron Court

Banner Home Solutions

3915 Boteler Rd

Barratt Construction

PO Box 60463
Washington

Barry's Capentry

5515 Heming Ave.

BART CONSTRUCTION

1936 BEAVER LN

Bartlett Exteriors

7609 Airpark Rd Ste H

BCN Homes and Design Build

3471 Washington Blvd

BCS LLC

P.O Box 1154

Beauchain Builders Inc

15 Barnswallow Ct

Beautiful Home Services

18909 Fisher Ave

Becky's Pet Care Inc

5520 Cherokee Ave.

Bedrock Construction LLC

22432 Germanna Hwy.

Begue General Contractors Inc

20628 Middlecreek Ct

Belart Contracting LLC

3361 Annandale rd

Berith Builders

13074 Langley Rd

berj kalayjian

4323 madison st

Berry Painting

2234 William and Mary Dr

BEST BID

3933 Avion Park Ct

BETHESDA CUSTOM PAINTING

1417 GLEN ALLEN AVE

Bethesda Home Improvements

10 Old Bonifant Road

Beyond Design Inc

13215 Twin Lakes Dr

Beyond Exteriors

14524-E Lee Rd

BHI

154 SCOTT DR

Bianco Design and Build Corp

7501 Presidential Ln

Bicknell Painting Inc

11092-A Lee Hwy

BIELSKI DESIGN & BUILD INC

1800 Diagonal Road

BILL FRAZIER PAINTING

13202 Putnam Circle

Billings Construction Inc

14725 Baltimore Ave

Blue Print Development Group

936 T St NW
Washington

Blue Ribbon Contracting

7317 James Madison Highway

Blue Sky Painting

14304 Uniform Dr

BM Home Improvement, LLC

8458 WOODLAWN STREET

BM Painting

1229 Magnolia Lane

BMC Group Inc

9824 Sudley Manor Dr

BMC PAINTING, INC

11439 MONTERREY DR

BNS Contracting

8308 Selsted

Bob 4 Hire

13001 Buccaneer Rd

Bob Green Siding Co Inc

29181 Three Notch Rd

Bonillas Contractors Inc.

13408 Tamarack Rd

Bonn Group America Inc

1629 K St NW
Washington Dc

Boones Roofing Inc

10672 Willetts Crossing Rd

Bowen Remodeling and Design

2146 Priest Bridge Ct Ste 2

bowie restoration, inc

7694 Dorchester Blvd Apt 623

Boyles Home Services

308 Palmspring Dr

Bradwell Painting Service

6187 Old Brentford Ct

Brady Auto's LLC

4647 Hillside Rd SE Apt 3
Washington

BRANNAN & BRANNAN

619 Varnum St NW
Washington

BRIAN'S PAINT CO

4396 CANTERBURY LN

BRIGGS PAINTING & GUTTERING CO. INC.

14208 PLEASANT MEADOW CT.

BRIGHT DESIGN GROUP

743 DELAWARE AVE SW
Washington

Brook Custom Remodeling

10114 Oakwood Chase Ct

Brother's Keeper A&H Paint

1227 Capitol Heights Blvd

BROTHER'S PAINTING

1234 need info

Brothers General Contractor

193 Old Centerville Rd

BROTHERS SERVICE

764 S DINWIDDIE ST

Brothers' Painting

8622 Lenfant Pl

BROUGHTON PAINTING & DECOR CO

8411 OLD MARLBORO PIKE

Bruce Gantts Drywall

9022 Rugby Road

Bruco Renovations

47641 Mid Surrey Sq

Brush & Roll

44409 whitford sq

BrushFX

6610 Dorset Dr

BRYAN'S PAINTING LLC

111 SHIRLEY SQ SE

Bryans Enterprises Inc

4301 Olley Lane

Brykworks

4009 Weller Rd

Brynwood Builders Inc

15250 Rosemont Manor Dr

BryZac LLC

4423 Lehigh Rd

BUDGET PAINTING LLC

11903 RUSHWORTH TERRACE

Building Services Group LLC

1250 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington

Burley Construction

814 Rustic Lane

C & R ACUNA INC

8318 SYRACUSE CIR

C H I S INC

7482 LAUREL OAK CT

C K MCCONKEY & SONS

3314 PERRY ST

C&A Painting

Washington

C&K Painting Services

4528 Massaponax Church Road

C&Painting LLC

3906 bel pre rd

C&R Painting

18904 Fountain Hills Dr

C-CON Inc

7646 Fullerton Rd

C-n-T Custom Applicators

22037 St Gabriel's Cir

C.B.S. Enterprises LLC

904 Princess Anne St

Calderon's Painting llc.

5575 Seminary Rd

Caliber Contracting

P.O. Box 4581

CALIXTO REYES

1903 E BEECH RD

Campos Contracting LLC

8501 Richmond Hwy Lot #2

Capital Remodeling Inc

7480 Candlewood Road

Capital Renovations

10090 Main Street

Cardinal Contractors

18078 Purvis DR unit A

CARL'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

4101 Waterbuck Way

Carlito's Painting

7017 Sydenstricker Rd

Carlos Arevalo

Washington

Carlos Camayo

9290 Towerside Dr

Carlos Home Improvements

3143 South Gate Drive

Carpenters of Georgetown LLC

1237 Potomac St NW
Washington

Carpet and Flooring LLC

14116 Darnestown Road

Castillos Home Services LLc

431 N Armistead St

Castro Enterprises, Incorporated

751 Central Park Dr Apt 2211

CEMIL UZUN HANDYMAN

482 FOX RIDGE DR SW

Century Siding Co Inc

14115 Mariah Ct
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