Recent Review: Robert from the beginning was very thorough in laying out what the job would entail. Although he is primarily a painter, he had done research in the particular requirements of maintaining log houses and knew which were the best products for those needs. He offered several alternatives in case we opted to go for a less expensive job, but since we were most interested in a practically maintenance free exterior, we went for the best job. I was impressed that when Robert learned that the manufacturer recommended only a single clear coat over the stain (originally Robert suggested two clear coats) he immediately informed us of this so he could take the cost of the second coat off his original proposal. Robert was at the job himself most of the time, and his crew was hard working, friendly, and professional. My wife and I appreciated that he employed several women, and they were definitely skilled at what they were doing. There were a few tricky aspects of this job that Robert worked hard to get right. For instance, a log support pillar on the front porch had been repaired at its base because of rot and had been hand carved to match the contours of the original pillar. However the repair was made of pressure treated pine, and the rest of the pillar was deeply stained cedar. So not only was there no color on the repaired piece, but it was a completely different wood that would absorb stain differently. Robert experimented quite a bit to color match and I must say that he did very well with what was almost an impossible job of color matching. All in all I would highly recommend R.J. Ritacco painting-- they are friendly, easy to work with, attentive listeners to the customer, and skilled and efficient at what they do. Note: I checked "N/A" for price because, frankly, we had a hard time finding anyone else who seemed like the right person so we did not have any other quoted prices for comparison. Even if we had, this kind of thing can be like comparing apples to oranges. I will say that given the amount of time, the type and quantities of materials, and the manpower it took, the price seemed very fair, but I am not knowledgeable enough to say that with certainty.