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came on Wednesday morning and review the job with me. He then scraped, primed and painted the walls, door and floor of our small back porch" leading out of our kitchen. He completed the job in three days and it looks wonderful.

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was excellent. I left a message for him on a Sunday mid-morning not expecting a call back until Monday. He called" me back Sunday afternoon. Came to my house to discuss the project the next day and provided a quote on the spot. The cost was competitive right in the middle of the quotes I got. I picked
because he seemed very knowledgeable. They did a great job painting my porch. I will certainly recommend his company for any paint job.

-Rosanna S.

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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.

guy repairing plaster ceiling
Plastering, Painting - Interior

Dear Angie: How important is it to repair plaster before repainting? Our ceilings have peeling paint that we’re pretty sure was caused by past water damage. Since the water problem is no longer an issue, can we simply repaint the ceilings or should we first repair any underlying plaster damage? – Sara S., Elgin, Illinois

A high-gloss paint will be very shiny and reflect more light; a matte or flat paint will not be shiny and will reflect less light. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sergio C. of El Paso, Texas)
Painting - Interior

From low luster to high gloss: Learn how to pick the style of paint that’s perfect for your project.

lovely painted room with bright rug
Painting - Interior, Remodeling - General

Dear Angie: We’re having an interior paint job done, and I’m wondering whether to pay when the work is done or as it proceeds. – Sherry S., Crystal Lake, Illinois

gray and pink paint
Painting - Interior, Interior Design & Decorating

Move over, beige. There’s a new neutral in town.

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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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Interior Painting reviews in Harrisburg

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Had
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come out to do a repaint of the interior of my 2 car garage. He was very prompt and during the 2 days he was there to paint he and his crew came on time (earlier actually which is fine) and finished the job quickly and efficiently. I would not hesitate to hire again.
Nice guy. A+++
- thomas L.
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He made it as painless as possible. He was very clean and careful. He is truly a perfectionist! The work is beautiful. He even moved most of the furniture back into place. The price was actually even lower than the estimate he had originally given me.
- YVONNE C.
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Carpenter's Sons came over to see about fixing a leak into the kitchen and concluded that the problem could be inadequate flashing and insulation. They had done some work on the rubber roof under a deck about two years before but that did not fix the problem. As it turned out, neither did their work last fall. We finally asked someone else to look at the problem and they recommended a new rubber roof. That did the trick. On the other hand, Carpenter's Sons did an excellent job installing new wooden steps on an old stairway inside the house. As carpenters, then, I would say they are top rate. I would not recommend, however, as problem solvers for other issues. I rate them a C for price---not bad but not a great deal either.
- DAVID C.
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Good painters. They work hard, do a good, neat job and take care to do the job right (spackling, caulking, cleaning, disassembly as needed, double coating).
There are cheaper painters out there, but they give you a cheap paint job. These guys are price-competitive and give you a first-rate job. Highly recommended.
- Thomas F.
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Not happy. My sliding glass door in the master bathroom railing is completely scratched and needs to be replaced. Paint was spilled on white curtains in the master bedroom. He did end up coming back but admitted to no wrong doing. I would not use them again. The job was all together sub-par.
- Larry H.
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The were awesome. I have never had a better experience with a large home improvement project in my life.
I would not give Angie's List as glowing a review however as I have done this
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review twice now and you keep sending emails to say I haven't completed this review. I don't know that I would bother to use Angie's List again... too annoying.
- Kristy B.
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They arrived early. They worked every day with hardly a lunch break. Everyone on the crew was was delightful and pleasant and professional and talented. They finished 2 days earlier than expected. They made sure that when they left the house we had an adequate place to sleep and to function. They put everything back together at the end of the job. They removed all debris.
I have never had a better experience with any home improvement project.
I looked into 3 painters from Angle's List for this project. I didn't choose the cheapest. I chose the best.
I wouldn't hesitate to reccommend this company to anyone who wants a quality performance.

- Kristy B.
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and his team showed up on time each day and ready for work! Each day was better than the previous. We have two Yorkies who love company and
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would make it a point to
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them at some point in the day.
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and his team are very professional, neat and cleaned up each day. We are more than satisfied and love the work done and the time frame it was completed. We and the dogs highly recommend them to do your painting needs!
- Marianne B.

Interior Painters in Harrisburg

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Select Craftsman

827 Pine Town Rd
Lewisberry

Sensenig Design, LLC

1245 Ash Lane
Lebanon

Service 1st Restoration and Remodeling Inc

1441 Stoneridge Dr
Middletown

Servpro of Hershey/Swatara

7921 Grayson Road
Harrisburg

Shaffer Home Rejuvenations

1226 Knob Run
York

Shawn Kocher General Contractor

1 Lowetown Rd.
Duncannon

Shea-Kat Inc

PO Box 28
Enola

Shearer Renovations

615 Gates Lane
Enola

Sheehan Carpentry & Remodeling

616 south 6th st
Lebanon

Shelly Painting

32 Covered Bridge Rd
Pequea

SHINGLER HOME IMPROVEMENTS

171 Glendale Street
Carlisle

Shreveco Building & Remodeling

616 Sylvan Place
Harrisburg

Signor Painting & Home Repair

10 Dartmouth street lower apt.
Harrisburg

Spence Quality Painting

308 R Beaver Rd
Harrisburg

Spencer Painting and Deck Care

33 Dickinson Dr.
Hanover

Spoutco Home Improvements

1130 W King St
York

Spring Valley Services LLC

3522 Indian Rock Dam Rd
York

Stamey Painting and Services

1621 Waggoners Gap Rd
Carlisle

START 2 FINISH

53 HEISERS LANE
Carlisle

STENSATIONAL WALLS

1212 HORIZON BLVD
Lebanon

Stewart Home Improvement

108 F N Reading Rd
Ephrata

Stone Creek Custom Kitchen & Design

708 S York St
Mechanicsburg

Stone Lion Inc

161 Buckwalter Rd
Lancaster

Stonestreet Contracting

5518 N Annapolis Dr

Strange Painting Co

660 Kinderhook Rd
Columbia

Stronghold Floors

2231 South Market Street
Mechanicsburg

Student Painters

14005 Simone Dr

SUNDEW PAINTING CO

301 E AYRE ST

Susquehanna Flooring Co

1111 Fishing Creek Valley Rd
Harrisburg

Susquehanna Renovations

42 N. Queen St.
York

T & P HANDYMAN

2380 CATHERINE ST
York

T Townsley Seal Coating

PO Box 2
Manheim

T.J. Wilcox Painting

338 Churchtown Rd.
Narvon

Tangible Property Improvement

PO Box 31
Shrewsbury

tate services

Lancaster

Taylor Contracting

19 Burns RD
Spring Grove

TGCC, The General Contracting Company

2811 Fairview Rd
Camp Hill

The Artistic Advantage

21 Woodsedge Dr
Elizabethtown

THE CARPENTER'S SONS

220 FOX DR
Mechanicsburg

The Christian Handyman

26 N Second St
Mc Sherrystown

The Handy Man Can

400 1st St
Weatherly

The Little Things

2549 Westminster Dr
York

The Master's Hand

2072 NEW HOLLAND PIKE
Lancaster

THE ODD JOB MAN

8007 BLUE HILL RD
Glenville

The Tuckey Companies

170 Stover Dr
Carlisle

Thomas R Keller

738 Furnace Hills Pike
Lititz

Thunder Wash Pressure Washing

2664 Ridge Rd.
Elverson

TNC HOME IMPROVEMENTS

351 WHITE HOUSE LN
Middletown

Tom Miller Painting

619 Forge Rd
Carlisle

Tony Vorous Painting

1144 Stone Arch Rd

Total Home Care & Restoration

1024 Herr St
Harrisburg

Total Property Maintenance

PO Box 426
Littlestown

Transfauxmation Inc

1703 Valmont Dr
Coatesville

Trout Squared Construction

955 Hummel Ave
Lemoyne

Trout Squared Construction

955 Hummel Ave
Lemoyne

Two Dudes Painting Company

750 Poplar St
Lancaster

Two Worker Bees

1210 Range Road
York

Tyson's Landscaping & Maintenance

10919 Oak Ridge Ave
Red Lion

Unique Walls by Design Painting

11326 Isle of waterbridge

University Painters

Landis Ave
Millersville

V&H Painting

2335 Middle St
York

VARA INC

1145 DRY POWDER CIR
Mechanicsburg

Victoria's Holiday Landscaping

4200 Shaffers Church Rd
Glen Rock

Victorias' Custom Interiors

212 S Oxford Ave
Mc Sherrystown

Ville Painters, Inc.

220 East Madison Street
Lancaster

Vincent Musser

4559 Mountainview Road
Harrisburg

Viola Building and Remodeling

307 Lewisberry Rd
New Cumberland

Wagner Painting

Lancaster

Walter's Construction

57 W Kings St
Shippensburg

WAYNE S LESHER IV Inc

8396 Spring Rd
New Bloomfield

Webb's Painting & Home Improvement

5 Broadway
Stewartstown

WEEKEND WARRIOR HANDYMAN SVC

10 W 4TH ST
Quarryville

William Ferguson & Co., LLC

3633 Roundtop Rd
Elizabethtown

Williams Contracting Group

75 W. Granada Avenue
Hershey

WILLIAMS PAINTING

PO BOX 67
Landisburg

Wilmer K Gehris Painting

210 Autumn Woods Ct
Dillsburg

X'press Yourself Painting

621 Grandview Ave
Camp Hill

Xtreme Home Improvement

34 Valley Dr
Annville

Yarnall Home Imporvements LLC

30 Morgan Spg Dr
Morgantown

Yarnall Home Improvement & Handyman Service

30 Morgan Spring Dr
Morgantown

ZACHARY PAINTING

40 VIRGINIA AVE
Shrewsbury

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