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Angie Hicks responds to a member who wants to know whether interior painting should come before or after the installation of hardwood flooring.

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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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came to the rescue, after previous contractors nearly destroyed my walls by inept work. The workers at Solution were prompt, friendly, and hard working. Above all, the work done was flawless. I highly recommend
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. My previous contractors may have cost less initially, however their work was inferior. Solution gave me the right price for a job, well done.
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The crew was very thorough! They removed the screens to be able to paint the window sills; scraped the window frames and 2 doors. The painting job was very well done, two coats. Small extras were done - they took down the board with the house numbers, painted the numbers, the board and replaced it. The screen doors are a bit older, and the crew spray painted them with silver to make them look much better - again, something that was not expected.
The crew was polite and professional.
- Kathryn R.

Interior Painters in Washington DC

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MARTIN ROMERO

Washington

Martinez Irrigation

12138 Central Ave

Marty Ruttkay

13 Reading st

MARVEL HOMES LLC

1801 Gayfields Dr

Mast Construction, LLC

1045 Long Corner Rd

Master Improvement Painting

201 North Alder Avenue

Master in Building

7205 Lockport Place

Mastercraft Decorating

1017 Van Buren St

MASTERS PAINTING

6711 CABIN JOHN RD

Masterworks Painters

14159 Mariah Ct

Matrix Construction Co

13601 St Mary's Rd

Matt Engel

P.O. Box 5543
Washington

Matt's Habitats

709 Ritchie Ave

Max Home Services LLC

6006 Muncaster Mill Rd

Max Perez Painting

2011 Randolph Rd 201

Max W Services llc

11700 Trophy Ct.

Maxc Impressions LLC

10206 Douglas Ave

MBC services LLC

4600 S 4 Mile Run

MC Maintenance Inc.

7635 Quail Run Ln

MCAULIFFE TILE

1916 R ST NW
Washington

MCCO Michaels Construction Company

12406 Great Park Circle

Merry C Construction

224 E. 7th St.

METRO BUILDERS

PO Box 2384

Metro Design Remodelers

10507 Braddock Rd

Metro State Remodeling

10412 Capehart Ct

Metropolitan Bath and Tile

11132 B Rockville Pike Rte 355

Michael & Son Services Inc

5740 General Washington Dr

Michael C Bower LLC

3981 Dumfries Road

MICHAEL/THOMAS CO INC

3412 TANTERRA CIR

Michaels' Remodeling

5521 Southampton dr.

MIGUEL CONSTRUCTION

3732 Bel Pre rd

MIKE COOK

139 BRYARLY RD

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S. Crescent Drive

Mike's Brush Inc

5489 Safe Harbor Ct

Mike's Remodeling

14016 Fitzwater Dr

MILANO CONSTRUCTION

7216 PINE DR.

Milestone Productions

7930 Bayberry Dr

Millennium Usa Painting LLC

5226 8th Rd S Apt 6

MIM Contractors, LLC

5842 Aplomado Dr

Mina Enterprises Inc

6050 Olney Laytonsville Rd

Mira Construction Inc

5421 Inverchapel Rd

Miracles by Mike

5619 Roundtree Dr

Misha's Home Improvement Inc

1257 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd

Mishkat LLC

3713 S Gerorge Mason Dr

MM Remodeling

10302 Fleming Ave

MNF HOME IMPROVEMENT LLC

1113 WEATHER BURN PLACE

Modern Kitchen & Home Solutions

47100 Community Plaza

Modern Remodeling Inc

10550 Associates Ct

MoldGone LLC

2508 Locustwood Pl

Mole Construction Inc

43828 Dodge Terrace #102

Most aAffordable Painting

1007 Balsamtree drive

MP Construction & Excavation, LLC

104 West Ridgeville Blvd

MP Home Repair

2912 Kings Chapel Rd

MPA CONSTRUCTION INC

4810 Beauregard Street

Mr Basement

832 Oregon Ave

MR PAINTBRUSH

6506 MORNINGSIDE CT

Mr. Fix-It

10 Old Bonifant Rd

MR. FIXIT HOME REPAIR

9225 WENDELL STREET

MR. PAINTER

11677 TEMPLE LOOP

MTA Builders

36 Big Acre Sq

MTR Service LLC

2285 Cocquina dr

Murrows Repair and Remodel

12116 Derriford Ct

MV Contractors Inc

4940 Eisenhower Ave

MV Pelletier Inc

1719 Castle Rock Rd

MW Construction LLC

769 Jennie Dr

MW Construction Services LLC

500 N. Washington St

MWK Plumbing LLC

14621 Brougham Way

My Contractor Inc

5072 N 27th St

My Dream House LLC

13015 Flint Rock Dr

My Hunny Do

PO Box 6091

My Kitchen & Bath

285 Sunset Park Dr

Myers Painting

12220 Yates Ford Rd/

MZDC Builders, LLC

6100 Cheshire Dr

M² BUILDING AND DESIGN

7407 ALBERMARLE DR

N&D Contractors llc.

3304 Fallowfield Dr

Network Contracting Services

308 BUCHANON ST NW
Washington

Nevadas Painting LLC

317 A Moseby Ct

New Image Construction

9913 Cottrell Terrace

New Look Service, LLC

4351 Majestic Ln

New Perspectives Home Improvement LLC

11760 Sunrise Valley Dr. #307

New Touch

11633 North shore Dr.

New Touch Renovation LLC

13326 Carmella Ct,

NEWELL CONTRACTING LLC

8008 PARK CREST DR

NICE AND NEAT LLC

801 dryden st

Nice Touch Contractor LLC

14584 Farmcrest Place

Nicholas painting

7338 lee hwy

Nicholson Plumbing

Metropolitan Ave

Nick J. Kokonis Inc

4710 St. Marys St

nicks painting and drywall

11708 enchanted woods way

NJK Painting & Contract Services

20067 Great Falls Forest Dr

NOAH'S SERVICES

5715 Crawford Dr

Noel's General Services

13806 marianna dr

Noemi's Creations

6506 Arlington Blvd

NOERIC PAINTING

19937 CHESLEY KNOLL DR

Nole Services

5812 Cove Landing Road

NORTON ENTERPRISES INC

8452 Brassknob Court

Norva Service Co

9223 Acer Lane

Nova Design

3935 Avion Park Court

Nova Exteriors Inc

204 Mill St NE

Nova General Contractor

7860 Parthian Ct.

Nova Painting Company

22831 Silverbrook Center Dr

NOVA RENOVATION GROUP

8004 Carrleigh Pkwy

NOVA REPAIRS LLC

2776 SOUTH ARLINGTON MILL DRIVE, #213

Nutters Painting & Services

Remington & All Surrounding Areas

NV KITCHEN & BATH, LLC

10411 Motor City Drive

NVB Contracting LLC

10432 Balls Ford Road

NVS Remodeling and Design

8982 Hornbaker Road

NW Improvements LLC

848 Quince Orchard Blvd

O & H PAINTING

9022 MILES PL

O E ANGEL PAINTING

7000 Maple Ave

O J SERVICES

19328 TRAMSHIRE RD

Odyssey Painting LLC

8972 Meadowview Dr

OHI Design

9208 B Venture Ct

Old Town Craftsman

8622 Reicher st

Olde To Better Yet

9404 Brandywine Rd

OLDE WORLD PAINTING

9224 WRIGHTS HOLLOW LN

OLIVEIRA PAINTERS

9815 E LIGHT DR

orduzconstruction

18109 royal bonnet circle

ORTIZ REMODELING

75 ELDRID DR

Oscar Construction Inc

9620 Lafayette Avenue

Oscar The Master

8951 Claret Way

Oscar's Painting

3909 Lincolnshire St

OTTO HOME IMPROVEMENT

11414 LOCUSTDALE TERR

Our Tree Service llC

102 Meadowview Ct

Painting by Rick & Company

722 E. Market Street/ 420 Rock Hall Farm Lane

PAINTING BY ROB, INC

2340 N EARLY ST

PAINTING HOUSES & MORE LLC

2466 LAURA MARK LN

PAINTWORX

45687 Elmwood Ct

Palmas Construction LLC

4942 Beech Street

Palmer Contracting Inc

14298 Sharpshinned Dr

Panorama Remodeling

3057 Nutley St.

PAPER MOODS

39 LIGHTFOOT DR.

Paradise Renovations

1316 Bayside 3

Patriot Painting

10640 Heron Ridge Ct

PATUXENT BATHS & KITCHENS

24705 HALTERMAN RD

Pawel Turek

1620 E Jefferson St

PCO Construction

3103 hewitt ave #450

PCS INC

PO BOX 1766

PDI Refinishing

43091 Old Gallivan Ter

Pedro Painter

6710 Capstan Drive

PEERLESS PAINTING & REMODELING

11611 Kenwood Terrace

Persimmon Woodworking

16714 Sommertime Ln

Petria Inc

PO. Box 1040

PG Builders Inc

7805 Old Georgetown Rd

Phelps & Phelps Consulting

6010 Executive Boulevard

Phoenix Painting LLC

13245 Daldownie Ct

PIERPOINT CONSTRUCTION

37 BARRETT HEIGHTS RD

Pisani Painting

710 MARSHALL AVE

Plenary Enterprises LLC

1613 Road Allen Ave NE
Washington

PM Pace Co Inc

8126 Ridgely Oak Rd

PMC Construction LLC

6560 Backlick Road

Polo Lanscaping Services

7721 Magarity rd.

Polonez Painting

20013 Gateshead Circle

POLYZOS PAINTING

11815 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE

Premier Craftsmen

111 West Wildwood Lane

Premier Floors Inc

45714 Oakbrook Ct

Premier HomePro

37 Maryland Ave

Premier Outdoor Structures

5309 4th St NW
Washington

PREMIERE PAINTING

22821 Silverbrook Center Dr Ste 105

Premium Faux

9948 Moss Pond Dr.

Premium Handyman Services, LLC

17018 King James Way #202

PREMIUM HOME CRAFTERS

13219 LANTERN HOLLOW DR

Premium Painting & Projects Inc

9050 Red Branch Rd Ste I

Prettier Homes Remodeling LLC

11802 Kimberly Woods Ln

PRF Services

16513 Steerage Cir

Price Consulting Services, llc

4221 20th Street, NE
Washington

Prime Construction Corp

24525 Woodfield Road

Primos Services

7726 Kennedy rd

Privado & Wurtz

3928 ILLINOIS AVE NW
Washington

PRO FINISH PAINTING

5520 CROSSRAIL CT

Pro Home Services

7301 Mill Run Dr

Pro Interior Painting

1647 Perlich Street

Pro Service Solution

3774 Hope Commons Circle

Pro4Services LLC

8460 Tyco Rd

PROPER PROPERTIES

1505 ERSKINE ST

PROPERTY SERVICE GROUP INC

4340 Prince William Pkwy Ste 105

Property Worx

4003 Rectortown Rd

Prouty Painting Inc

5401 Kinnerly Ct

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