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Old 04-21-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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What's the cost of a gallon of paint and primer that standard professional painters use?

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Anywhere from 16- 75.

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What's the cost of a gallon of paint and primer that standard professional painters use?
Are you kidding me? It ranges just like it does when you purchase it. What would this question have to do with a DIY forum?
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What's the cost of a gallon of paint and primer that standard professional painters use?
what is a "standard professional" ?

This is a question that cannot be answered because there are almost as many paints/primers as there are professional painters.

Maybe a "standard professional" will be able to answer.
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what is a "standard professional" ?

This is a question that cannot be answered because there are almost as many paints/primers as there are professional painters.

Maybe a "standard professional" will be able to answer.

Not me
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What's the cost of a gallon of paint and primer that standard professional painters use?

I think this guy is trolling
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wow, painters are a tough bunch. You could have answered "I use this type of paint for most jobs and it costs this much". All the rest as pointed by the other person is trolling.

Most folks on forums don't understand trolling - the chances an OP is trolling are next to none especially when they ask a question.
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wow, painters are a tough bunch. You could have answered "I use this type of paint for most jobs and it costs this much".
Yes we are a tough bunch.

I use mainly Sherwin Williams paints.
I am a professional painter.
I get my paints at a discount but I do not sell them to my customers at that discount.
Just like General Motors I will not tell you my cost.

Hope this helps.

By the way how much do you make?
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Yes we are a tough bunch.

I use mainly Sherwin Williams paints.
I am a professional painter.
I get my paints at a discount but I do not sell them to my customers at that discount.
Just like General Motors I will not tell you my cost.

Hope this helps.

By the way how much do you make?
I see. Sorry, I didn't realize this was an indiscreet question - I assumed most of you on this forum were anonymous.

You could have pm'ed with general costs - not your super special deal that you have with SW.
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10%-20% is common. 30% is possible. There, I said it.
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Paintbird, there is no such thing as a standard professional, nor a standard price, as far as the paint companies are concerned. The only difference to the paint company between me, a pot and brush guy, and housepaintingny, a larger company, is the amount of paint they purchase, that's it. Paint prices are established on tiers according to the volume of purchases, or how badly the company wants your business. Period.
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It is TOTALLY common for a painter to charge the customer the retail price, even though he get a break of maybe 20%. Why? I knew you'd ask..
The painter has to spend time with YOU, the homeowner, going over colors. Then has to spend TIME going and getting those paints, and then is responsible if they aren't correct etc.
The mark up is how we cover the cost of the TIME spent, not applying but helping to decide and getting the mateials. You see, for us, work isn't just when we are standing there brush in hand, it is ALL OF IT.
And what materials are used is up to the knowledge of the painter and the communication with the client to fit the need.
Some use builders flat, some use the most durable , scrubbable paint available.
And yes, there is a BIG price difference between the two.
Have you communicated what you expect out of the paint finish, besides that you can't smell it?
Does anything else matter to you?
And yes, like JS, I am impatient and somewhat annoyed with you, but I keep trying...
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And yes, like JS, I am impatient and somewhat annoyed with you, but I keep trying...
I've been courteous with you but you have not. If I ask a chef to make me a meal that takes slightly longer than a sandwich, will he charge me for more labor? There's a line where the contractor becomes annoying and he should be shown the door. I would show you and your cans of paint the door in 5 minutes.

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And I also qualify my customers. Goes both ways.
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And I also qualify my customers. Goes both ways.
I have no doubt - that's why you have so much time to spend on forums

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