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dvarga 08-25-2005 09:58 PM

My dilemma: Painting exterior of house
I just got the most recent estimate from five painting contractors in the area and I have a wide variance on the costs and what they say they will do. I am not sure how to judge these guys. Any ideas on that or comments on the bids? Here is a link to see the house:

The house is a 1920 clapboard center hall colonial which I bought about a year and a half ago. The exterior looks like in some areas had been stripped to the wood in the past. Generally, the exterior is a real mix of conditions. From OK, to small flaking to big flaking, a few alligatoring, some cracked.

I did follow some of the posts in this forum. I did check out getting a paint shaver actually. However the size of the job would be huge for me, and in the back of the house, the top of the house is very high. So on to having others do it.

Paint contractor #1 says to do the job right, it'll be $14,000 to strip the paint to the wood and paint one oil BM primer, one coat of BM latex. He says he will tint the primer to the color I want plus the coat of latex. One coat of latex is better than two he says. That will last for up to 15 years. Hes got good references. Or he could do a lessor job for $9,000 and do spot treatment, then prime, then paint one coat. He says in that case he would apply an outdoor spackle to the exterior in some troubled areas, and that spackle would hold. Scrape, powerwash, caulk.That would last for 5 years he says.

Paint contractor #2 charges $15,600 to strip paint to the wood which would last 10-15 years, or $9,000 for spot treatment which could last for 5 years. If spot treatment, he will not put outdoor spackle as that would detach from the house after a number of years he says. Both would get one oil BM primer, then two coats of latex BM paint. Scrape, powerwash, caulk. Evidently good references.

Paint contractor #3 charges $6,500, light sanding, one BM tinted oil primer, one latex BM. He says one coat of latex after oil is all that is needed. Scrape, powerwash, light spackle, caulk.

slickshift 08-25-2005 10:27 PM

It's hard to say what the going rate in your area is
But if you get at least 3 proposals (like you did) you'll get an idea
None of those seem out of line
But just looking at the proposals you have posted, it's easy to see why the two higher ones are higher
The other guy is just light sanding
Biiiiggg difference
Nothing wrong with that, but stripping is a big job
...and I see lots of "up in the air" here, that adds to the cost of each step
The house looks OK in the pics, but from your description I'd say the guys may be right about "to do it right"
I'll try and download your pics and blow them up to get a better idea of the condition (see if you could get away with #3)
But I like the guy with two coats over the primer
It may "not be needed", but I like it

The BM is good paint, it's what I use
No one said oil for the topcoat eh?

dvarga 08-25-2005 10:51 PM


I added a few more pictures at the bottom of the web page. Thanks for your comments.


ProWallGuy 08-26-2005 06:43 AM

Dvarga, see my reply on the other site.
I agree with slickshift:

But I like the guy with two coats over the primer

dvarga 08-26-2005 08:40 AM

my dilemma
The BM paintshop said that due to fed regulations or something, that oil topcoat was long into the process of being phased out, contractors using latex instead.

slickshift 08-26-2005 09:17 AM


Originally Posted by dvarga
The BM paintshop said that due to fed regulations or something, that oil topcoat was long into the process of being phased out, contractors using latex instead.

In some local areas it is a done deal
Since you had 5 quotes, I was trying to get a feel for the situation in your area
Just to check if any were still using it...profesional curiosity... thank you
I'll check the pics

slickshift 08-26-2005 09:23 AM

Oh yeah, you'll want to strip it
Now I'm shocked at #3...there's no way...

I think that #1 and #2 were giving themselves an option to still get some work if you thought the "Do it Right" quotes were out of your budget

It really needs to be stripped

I think #2 is your number one!

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