A fresh paint job has the power to totally transform the look of your house in less time and for less cash than any other remodeling project. That thin skin of resin and pigment also protects your investment, shielding it from sun, wind, and rain—until the paint begins to crack and peel, that is. Then it's time to button up with a couple of new coats. Properly applied, new paint should last for a good 15 years, provided you use top-quality materials, apply them with care (and with an eye on the weather), and, most important, clean and sand every surface first. Here's what you need to know to get a first-class finish on your home's exterior. Lafayette House Painting
Every painting job develops a unique choreography as ladders go up and come down and tarps are unrolled and folded up. But two basic principles remain: 1) Start at the top and work down. 2) Work in the shade, out of the sun's glare. As the dance proceeds, keep an eye on the weather. Rain can wash freshly applied latex right off the wall, and a temperature dip below 50 degrees F two days after application can interfere with adhesion and curing and dull the sheen of glossy paints. (Latexes like Sherwin-Williams's Duration and Benjamin Moore's MoorGard Low Lustre are formulated to tolerate temps as low as 35 and 40 degrees, respectively.)
The price to paint an interior versus an exterior depends on a few factors. For painting an exterior, you will pay about $2,600. This is because you have to account for the siding, making sure the weather doesn't affect the job and dealing with weather conditions. On the other hand, the price to paint a home interior is around $1,700 -- less to worry about other than keeping the flooring and furniture paint-free. If you want to do both the interior and exterior, talk to the painters about any deals or their opinion on timeline and how it affects your budget.
Painters often tint primer close to the color of the top coat, but Wallis thinks that's a recipe for "holidays," or missed spots. Instead, he tints his primer a contrasting color. "If I can see the color coming through, I know I need to apply more paint," he says. On the cottage shown in this story, he chose a gray-blue primer to go under a peach top coat.
"Working with Walter was the best experience I’ve received from Thumbtack, Facebook Market Place, even Yelp! He and his team worked diligently and detailed! They stayed focused on the job. The job turned out amazing, I wish I took before pictures but he fixed so many issues I thought would never be fixed. The detail and care he took while doing the job was at another level. He found a way to get me what I wanted at a budget I could handle, communicated each step of the way even pausing in areas to get approval before making his own call (even though his suggestions were always used because they were AWESOME!). When it came to punctuality he was on time each day and when he realized a little more hours were needed he explained why and provided an accurate time. Once completed he walked me through asked me to find any and all imperfections and he will fix it right away. Not only will I continue to work with Walter and his team, I’m referring as many people to him as I can. You honestly can’t get any better delivery on work and genuineness from someone else. Thank you again Walter and Team!" Lafayette House Painting
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