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& her employees were careful to protect areas surrounding their work. Thankfully they were even able to diagnose and repair a problem" that was causing additional damage beyond their original scope of work. They are trustworthy and do good work.

-Wayne B.

"They installed a venting system for my
, through the kitchen cabinet, through the ceiling, into the attic and through the roof. Work took" two days and looks good...works fine. By the way, this is the second time I've used them. The first job was to sceen in a porch...a lot of work for %4,300. I have another project coming up for them and they will be my first call.

-Sunnie K K.

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Remodeling tip: Should painting or flooring come first?

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

Interior Painting

Professional decorators say painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to dramatically change the look of a room. It's also one of the more accessible do-it-yourself projects for the homeowner, though a professional interior painting company will likely do a better and more long-lasting job.

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Consider the cost difference of DIY painting vs. hiring a professional painter.

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Interior designers use color as one of their main tools when creating beautiful interiors.

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So you have decided that you are ready to tackle your first interior painting project, but what now?

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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.

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! 

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.

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! 

Interior Painting reviews in Winston Salem


It went far better than I expected. The work was completed on time and within the estimate.
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supplied the paint we specified all within the price the workmanship and suggestions along the way we're quite helpful and spot on. Great job by
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all around. The project was estimated to take seven days , it was completed in five days which included working on Saturday Sunday. He also installed new smoke detectors that we purchased at no cost to us. Very very helpful helpful and customer centric. We can't say enough good things about the project.
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cares!!the job was completed within the $5'500 estimate
- Carl M.

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showed on time for the quote. He is very knowledgeable and he made some good recommendations. The workers were there on time and the project was well done. I recommend
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and I will call them back for future jobs.
- Bruno G.

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.gray@serpacopainting.com / 888-879-7377) , based upon reviews found in Angie's List and the BBB. He responded quickly and came to my home from
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. He provided a comprehensive and detailed estimate, supported by good knowledge of the scope of work to be done. He made good suggestions for ways to attack problems I had not thought of. Although the job was extensive and expensive, I sincerely believe I received good value for the work provided. The primary painters were two brothers,
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, who were very accommodating and willing to meet my needs and answer my questions. Their work was meticulous. Both on the inside my home and on the outside, they were exceptionally neat and clean. Drapes were used extensively to protect interior furnishings and the brick / stone on the outside of my home. There were no spills, splatters, dust, or dirt that I have noticed. The carpenter,
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, and his helper, had great solutions for the carpentry problems that were noted. They provided great repair work that I believe will have excellent longevity. The gutter work is being provided by a contractor recommended by
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, an individual whom they have worked with previously -
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Hall Guttering out of Stokesdale. This work will be completed on Thursday of this week. I have met with Mr.
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and am positively impressed by his recommendations to me. I do not anticipate any problems. In summary, the extensive scope of work accomplished was completed on time, with little to no mess, and to a standard I am very pleased with. The work was completed on budget to the figures
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and I had discussed during the estimating phase. Compared to projects like this that I have contracted previously, every phase of this project went superbly.
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. receives my highest possible recommendation. They will do an excellent job for you, are honest. They will not let you down!
- Charles M.

Repairs to our plaster ceilings and walls were done masterfully and greatly exceeded our expectations. The paint is lovely, and well done down to the last detail. We expected to be happy with the fresh paint, but never thought the total transformation would be so awesome. These women are highly professional and a delight to work with.
- edith T.

Went very well, I wish all contractors were like this. Did a very nice job and at a reasonable rate, no problems at all. In fact, much of what
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did had been started by another contractor and done extremely poorly, so I appreciated having someone who knows what they are doing to fix it up. Definitely will use again.

I hired
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on a recommendation from Angie's List. I'm not sure if she sent the reviews in or my house was just too much for her to handle but she was incompetent, sloppy, slow, irresponsible. I am very disappointed in Angie's List and
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began painting my house in November, 2013 and told me that she would paint as much as possible until the weather turned cold then they would be back in the spring to finish - probably around April. I asked that she paint the front of the house first so it would look nice for Christmas. She agreed but they started working on the front and then the side then the back. They removed shutters and left others unlatched so they crashed around in the wind. They took storm windows off and never replaced them - even leaving two sitting in the yard. They disconnected light fixtures and left them - dangling from the wires (supposedly so they would not paint them but they sprayed over them anyway!)

They would come for a few days then not come for several days. She always had an excuse. The weather turned cold and she hadn't finshed the front of the house or anything else but she had started many sections.
When May arrived and there was still no sign of them I called - she said they would be back mid May and work until the job was completed.
In June she finally came back to work - but only for a day or two then no sign of them for a week - 2 weeks - I called - Oh it has been raining, she said. The only problem was it HAD NOT been raining at my house!! So they came out and worked for 3 days.
Then nothing for another week or two. I called again. The next morning she was back with her 12 year old son and his friend to help!. She had hurt her leg and said she thought her assistant had been painting the entire time (he had not). The following morning going to work I saw
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's son and his friend up on a ladder but
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was not there! I was shocked that she would leave 2 twelve year-olds to work on my house without supervision. Quite irresponsible.
This company is terrible. I would not hire them or recommend them and wonder why Angie's List had given them an "A" rating!?!
I spent a lot of money a shoddy incomplete job.
- Thomas M.

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supplied a breakdown of labor costs and materials as part of his bid which I had requested and appreciated. He worked me into his schedule to help accommodate our pool-construction timeline. He and his co-worker, Roghileo, started the project on the agreed-upon date and also showed up promptly each day between 8 and 8:30am. The tear out of the old deck was quick and efficient.
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and crew hauled off material each day so we did not have an eyesore out back. They replaced the deck surface with pressure-treated wood and meticulously attached the new railings and balusters. They finished everything out nicely with high-end caps, skirts and other finishes.
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took the initiative to call and meet with our concrete contractor to coordinate the best way to build the deck steps and then made an extra trip back out to complete them after the concrete was poured.
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kept me informed of progress and next steps and has followed up with me since completion to make sure I was satisfied.
My husband and I are super pleased with the work done and have already received many compliments on the new deck. I could have gotten the work done a little more cheaply based on another bid, but because of the size and scope of the project, I decided this wasn't an area I wanted to cut corners on. Plus,
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was very willing to try to get me on his schedule sooner than later, seemed eager to earn our business---and he and Roghileo were dependable and reliable in their work habits----all of which were worth the total cost.
I will definitely call
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on future projects.

They did a great Job! The fixes were done to look like the original work or better. The door looks great and is exactly what we asked for. They finished the job in a timely fashion and cleaned up afterwards!
- Millard H.

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