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Old 04-13-2010, 06:42 AM   #1
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We have a 1920 Craftsman and it needs to be painted. The house is currently dark gray (mostly aluminum sided). We spent all last summer changing the color of the front of the house to a nice barn red. We determined that house painting is not for us and are now looking for a professional to finish the job (it is a big job - lots of scraping of trim and soffits). One of the first guys who showed up to quote gave us a big song and dance that painting the house red would be next to impossible because of the space between the color molecules in the clear tint base they make red from. I am an interior designer and know a little about color; this guy was feeding me a line. The paint we used was not a clear base, it was white and we used a tinted primer underneath. It took two coats of paint after the primer, but he color came out pretty consistent. My question is: Is it really that impossible to paint a house red? I see several red houses in my neighborhood.

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To answer your question, no it is not.

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It is true that red can be one of the hardest colors to get to cover well. This varies by the exact shade, chroma, and tint of red and the manufacturer of the paint. It certainly is not impossible, it can mean a lot of coats. Your painter must have been burned by red before.

How did your home come to have aluminum siding? That does not seem very Arts and Crafts.
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It would not be any harder to paint your house red than any other color, apply one coat of tinted primer and two coats of paint.
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Not if you use Behr
We went with Behr red for Master bedroom...never again
I'll use red, but not Behr paint
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Not if you use Behr
We went with Behr red for Master bedroom...never again
I'll use red, but not Behr paint

Well,Dave, you should have known that by now!
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Well,Dave, you should have known that by now!
It was when we 1st moved in, Wife was in charge of painting
Using Behr paint in the past I just thought I was a lousy painter
Now I know it was just lousy paint
I used to work with a painter...but he always bought the paint
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I also dun prefer a house with red color, it makes me easy to be angry :|
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I'm glad you are choosing red. I will be siding my house this summer and I will be using red vinyl.
What happened to all the color in our houses? Around here everything is white, beige or clay.
We had a big hail storm 2 yrs back and everyone in the whole town just about got new roofs and siding. The only other color different from above was this light green. On the main throughway in town, within a 6 block run there are 7 light green houses. There are only about 15 houses on this particular run. Crazy, what happened to individuality? I am renting now but my house was blue. After the storm the landlord changed it to wicker. It's a two story farm house for Pete's sake. Not a condo!!!
Be proud of your red and don't back down!!!
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Your input was most helpful. I have interviewed several more painters and none of them is having any issues with our choice of red. They are just grateful that all the trim (much of it beadboard) is all going white.
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Your input was most helpful. I have interviewed several more painters and none of them is having any issues with our choice of red. They are just grateful that all the trim (much of it beadboard) is all going white.
It might not be a bad idea to look at the book Bungalow Colors by Robert Schweitzer before you commit to your color scheme. I found it very helpful.
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I know that the color scheme we are choosing is not in keeping with a true bungalow/craftsman; I love it anyway. My first choice was a warm piney green - but couldn't sell my husband on it. When he agreed to the red; I practically ran to the paint store to get samples. He is way conservative as a rule on his color choices so whenever I can get full buy-in from him on anything above a pastel it is a thrill.
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Paints that start with a true red base and then tinted will cover easier. Yes, that guy was feeding you a line. He probably just wanted to do a 1 coat and move on so he was trying to sway your color choice. That is silly anyways since prep takes the longest and is always where any time overruns happen. A second coat of paint takes less time and material. Make sure you put in the contract to have 2 finish coats put on. You will need it with Red.
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I am renting now but my house was blue. After the storm the landlord changed it to wicker. It's a two story farm house for Pete's sake. Not a condo!!!
Be proud of your red and don't back down!!!
there is a house around the corner from me that is a beautiful shade of blue. it looks absolutely fantastic.

don't let someone you are paying to paint talk you out of using a color you want.

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