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crew did in painting the entire exterior of my 80+ years-old home in NW DC. Other contractors" from whom I got estimates said the job could take 3 or 4 weeks.
did the job in one week (including Saturday) by working long days and having a huge crew on the job every day. My old house required a great deal of prep work, which they took the time to do and to do right. The end result was that my house, which I have lived in for 25 years, looks better than it has ever looked! I could not be more pleased.

-Gail M M.

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to get an estimate for the cost of removing wallpaper and re-painting two bathrooms.
met me at my home" at the agreed-on date and time, gave me an oral estimate, and said that he would send a written estimate. He never sent me the written estimate, and never returned my phone call about where it was. I can only assume that the job was too small for him to do. I would have been fine if he had just told me that when I first called, rather than have my time wasted.

-Marlene S.

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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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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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Yes - absolutely!  Refinishing is THE VERY BEST way to go to avoid tearing out a perfectly good bathtub that just LOOKS bad after years of use.  Go to the link below for some before and after refinishing pictures of acrylic tubs.

House Painting reviews in Washington

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He does superb work. He is fair and has great time manegement. He mostly does the work himself and my neighbors loved his work so much, they hired him.
- Janice M.
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, the sales guy, was profession and very responsive by email. Also, his crew was very professional and did an excellent job. Not only did they complete the painting per the quote, they also did some miracle work on some door mouldings, which had rotted significantly due to their exposure to the elements. Lastly, I would use them again, given the quality of their work and fair price.
- TONY B.
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Diomedes
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came to the house, scoped out the work, and had two men show up who painted our basement apartment which included a fair amount of detail. In addition, his employees also painted the small hallway and the stairs leading up to the side door. The work was performed in a day and was well done. Everything that needed it was covered so they left no mess. They showed up promptly and did the work as advertised, going beyond the call and working a little extra. The apartment looks great.
- William K.
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It went great.
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offered an attractive price and his workers were punctual, efficient, and a pleasure to work with. I'd heartily endorse
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and his team. We hope to use them again in the near future.
- Anne B.
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Good experience overall. Painters arrived on schedule, worked hard and steady and did a great job. Would use again and would recommend.
- Tracy Z.
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was the crew leader who worked with 3 other men. The crew arrived promptly and on time for the 5 days it took them to do the work. Each phase of the work--preparation, priming, painting, caulking, etc.--was performed with great skill and care.
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was my initial contact and the person who gave me the estimate. He spent a great deal of time talking with me and looking over the prospective job; he answered all my questions and provided me with good suggestions. Upon my request,
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gave me references to call and
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sent me paint samples from which I could select a color. In short, everyone with whom I interacted from
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was professional, supportive, and attentive. I have a number of pets and the crew worked around them, which I appreciated. The crew was also neat and there was no clean-up necessary when they left. I am totally pleased with the paint job, the workmanship of the crew, my dealings with the "office" staff, and, the cost.
- Joan S.
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When we bought our huose (a 1939 brick bungalow) the walls were a mess, full of holes, cracks and painted garish colors like bright orange and dark green. These guys had the lowest cost quote by far. This was kind of a complicated job because there were a lot of different spaces and colors that we used. Every room was different. The kitchen was a special job in that it needed the ceiling painted, we had our upper cabinets painted, the wood backsplash whitewashed and they applied a floor paint/epoxy to the floor so we could choose the color. They gave us a good price on high-end low-VOC paints (that was about $2k of the overall cost). Used the water resitant bathroom paint in our baths. Once we had laid out which paint would be used, where, they did a fantastic job. They painting job they did was nearly perfect, no drips or smears, and they got all the colors and products right on the first try. The repair they did on holes and cracks was seamless. The look of the work is flawless. In the kitchen, they were worried the floor paint might not adhere well enough, so they coated it with a clear epoxy product that is often used in garages - it is awesome! It is glossy, and completely impermeable - the best floor product, so easy to clean - I appreciate that they came up with that solution. Now for the complaints - they left things a little dusty from the sanding they did to prepare the work surfaces. This wasn't a big deal because the house was already dirty from the prior owners and we were prepared to clean the whole place before moving everything in. It took us about 2 hours to clean it up (from the entire 4 bed, 2 bath house) - but overall, we saved thousands of dollars ($2-6k) over other quotes. To me it is totally worth it to spend a couple hours sweeping, mopping and wiping off a few ceiling fan blades to save that kind of money. They did a nice job on the exterior too, it was usually 1-3 guys at a time working and it took 3 days inside and then they came back the following week for 2 days to do the exterior. Overall, we were very satisfied with the work - one year later the house is bright and fresh. Thank you to
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and his crew.
- Elaine U.
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Roncalla was courteous and started teh job on time, and showed up when he said he would. His workers were also courteous and trustful.
He honored his estimate and when I asked for additional services, i got a very fair price, sometimes only for materials, no labor.
If something was not perfect , he returned until it was to my satisfaction
- Linda R.

All 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

A One Call Handyman Service

11703 Newport Mill Rd

A Square Contractor

16509 Raven Rock Dr

A to Z Decorators

3802 Claremont Lane

A Work Of Art

3380 Ladino Ct

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

244 Coventry Sq

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

Able Handyman Service llc

637 Burnside Terrace

Absolute Home Solutions Inc

16 Hidden Valley Ct

AC solutions&more

2109 highcourt ln

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

ALLNONE

1617 CHERRY HILL RD

Almighty & Co LLC

3830 Lightfoot St

ALP Painting LLC

4706 Sellman Road

Alpes Decorating

20812 Aerle Dr

American Deck & Patio

10319 Westlake Dr

American Decorating Center

40 Pidgeon Hill Dr

American Home Innovations LLC

2508 North Chambliss St

American Home Performance LLC

2512 Windy Oak Court

American Home Specialists

13221 Mockingbird ln

American Powerclean Inc.

2465 Centreville Rd.

American Stripping Co

9205 Vassau Ct

americans choice services

11213 smithfeild rd

Americas Best Contractor

2972 Ps Business Center Dr

AMS Home Remodeling LLC

6755 Greatnews Ln

Anderson Construction

12004 Mastbrook Lane

Androconst LLC

5268 G Nicholson Ln.

ANDY'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

6829 SILVER ANN DRIVE

APEX PAINTING LLC

42750 NATIONS ST

Apex Waterproofing Inc

2972 PS Business Center Drive

Apollo Builders

P.O.Box 322

ARAS PRO-TECH

8127 15TH Ave. Apt. 101

ARCADIAN PAINTING CO

6042 SHAFFER DR

ARJ Group, Inc.

412 H St NE
Washington

Arlington Color Consultants

400 North Washington #106

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

Augustine Roofing LLC

20402 White Oak Dr

Aurora Construction

6633 Wind Ridge 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.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

Banner Home Solutions

3915 Boteler Rd

Barratt Construction

PO Box 60463
Washington

Barry's Capentry

5515 Heming Ave.

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.

Bee Allen Painters LLC

25 Battle Mountain Rd

Begue General Contractors Inc

20628 Middlecreek Ct

Belart Contracting LLC

12920 Grays Pointe Rd

Bell Decor Renovation llc

13226 Braddock 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

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

2829 Fairhaven Ave

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

Boggs Home Improvement

6811 Sumerduck Rd

Bolivar Painting Company

5804 Bunker Woods Ln

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

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 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

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

Built Right Construction

104 Dove Tree Ct

Burley Construction

814 Rustic Lane

C & R ACUNA INC

8318 SYRACUSE CIR

C H I S INC

7482 LAUREL OAK CT

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

C.C.I llc

3804 Perry St.

C.E.B. Services, LLC

341 Ritenour St

C.R. Contracting LLC

9107 Paloma Ln

Capital Housecraft

PO Box 92315
Washington

CAPITAL PAINTING

4311 Mission Ct

Capital Remodeling Inc

7480 Candlewood Road

Capital Renovations

10090 Main Street

Carlito's Painting

7017 Sybens Drucker Rd

Carlos Arevalo

Washington

Carlos Camayo

9290 Towerside Dr

Carlos Home Improvements

3143 South Gate Drive

Castro Enterprises, Incorporated

751 Central Park Dr Apt 2211

Castro Property Management, Inc

11427 Scottsbury Terr

Castro's Painting USA

14955 Enterprise Ln

Charles E. Jackson Construction

709 S Cherry Grove Ave

Chavez Painting

2411 Henson Valley Way

ChemStrip

8157 Penn Randall Pl

Chesapeake Builders, LLC

2508 Cherokee Street

Chestnut & Sash, LLC

1725 Artillery Ridge Rd

CHEVY CHASE PAINTING

12408 LIBERTY BRIDGE RD

CHEVY CHASE REMODELING

7722 Whiterim Ter
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