Hire a professional,he or she will answer all your questions.
Help! I need some advice before I shell out the big $$$$. I hope to sell the house in 4 years with the little guy is out of High School. So... :whistling2:I need a paint that will look good now, and hopefully still look good 4 years from now. So, a couple questions:
1) Should I wait 'till I'm closer to my sell date? There are some pretty good chips right now, but it is not a total mess.
The longer you wait, the more problems can arise. If you have it coated properly and washed once a year as everyone should, it will look fresh still.
2) Spray or brush?
A combination of both will have to be used as with every job has variables that come up.
3) Are darker colors more expensive than light due to more pigment?
The deeper the base the more expensive, but its only like a couple bucks different.
4) what brand of paint?
Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, Mythic, SunShield just stay away from huge box stores or hardware stores.
5) I want to go from a light gray-blue with a white trim to a deep blue with an amber trim. Do I need two coats instead of 1 if I am going darker instead of lighter?
This is a no brainer. Do not try to save money because the cheap cuts will cut your price costs initially, but also your own throat because it will come back to bite you in the hind parts. This is a old house and needs the wood conditioned after you remove as much as the old coats as possible. Prime, 1st coat and 2nd coat. Everything needs to be caulked. Every last crack with a good 50 year caulk....This is a generic response from me, but to just give you an idea.
6) What do I need to know that I don't even know to ask?
That there is no substitute for the genuine article. Do not hire a handy person. Hire a professional. That also does not mean to hire just any Paint contractor either. Your project seems to have a lot of variables. Especially at the age it is.
7) deck paint suggestions?
Actually if you can send pictures for your decks and of your entire house on every side will be the only way to shoot you a reliable mapping of your project. I do not know where you are located, but if you can get me some pics and your desired outcome I can shoot you over a detailed estimate for you to use when interviewing your contractors. I will get it very detailed and probably scare off the weekend trunk slamming warriors.
Always ask for a completion cause(that is subject to weather ofcoarse) that has a stipulated penalty if not completed on time.
Also ask for a written labor waranty.
Hope this helps a bit... Here is my email: