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Paint Quote (by GKARL [PA]) Jan 22, 2023 6:27 PM
       Paint Quote (by #22 [MO]) Jan 22, 2023 7:13 PM
       Paint Quote (by GKARL [PA]) Jan 22, 2023 7:29 PM
       Paint Quote (by WMH [NC]) Jan 22, 2023 7:46 PM
       Paint Quote (by Ken [NY]) Jan 22, 2023 8:01 PM
       Paint Quote (by Richard [MI]) Jan 22, 2023 8:45 PM
       Paint Quote (by Richard [MI]) Jan 22, 2023 8:54 PM
       Paint Quote (by Robert J [CA]) Jan 22, 2023 10:11 PM
       Paint Quote (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 22, 2023 10:52 PM
       Paint Quote (by Small potatoes [NY]) Jan 23, 2023 12:36 AM
       Paint Quote (by ned [AL]) Jan 23, 2023 5:59 AM
       Paint Quote (by Vee [OH]) Jan 23, 2023 8:26 AM
       Paint Quote (by Tony [NJ]) Jan 23, 2023 8:32 AM
       Paint Quote (by GKARL [PA]) Jan 23, 2023 10:17 AM
       Paint Quote (by GKARL [PA]) Jan 23, 2023 10:18 AM
       Paint Quote (by Hoosier [IN]) Jan 23, 2023 10:13 PM
       Paint Quote (by GKARL [PA]) Jan 24, 2023 1:10 AM
       Paint Quote (by tryan [MA]) Jan 24, 2023 4:47 PM
       Paint Quote (by mike [CA]) Jan 25, 2023 8:52 PM

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Paint Quote (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Jan 22, 2023 6:27 PM

Sheetrock is nearly done on my apartment renovation project and I'm looking to hire out the painting. Four apartments must be painted and together, they're around 2100 square feet combined. When I've painted drywall previously, all I did was prime and paint it without sanding and the job came out okay. Upon doing research, it seems you're supposed to do a fair amount of prep work before priming and painting (i.e. sanding and etc).

I just got a quote for $ 10,000 to paint which I thought was excessive. I've not talked to the contractor yet, but I'm assuming that's due to the prep work and having to put on primer and at least 2 coats of paint. I'm going to gather a few more quotes, but I think I may look for a couple of people who can do the prep work and some part time painters to cut down the cost. Will mean I'll need to supervise more. Thoughts?

Paint Quote (by #22 [MO]) Posted on: Jan 22, 2023 7:13 PM

A lot of unknown variables..are they painting ceilings. Doors, base? $5/ft is high for me. I'd expect to be around 4500 or 5k for a pretty good jobs. Call your local Sherwin Williams and ask for numbers for the affordable painters --174.210.x.xx

Paint Quote (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Jan 22, 2023 7:29 PM

This is basically new construction. They're painting ceilings and walls no trim. No floors to protect or anything. I was looking for around 4 or 5,000 myself.

Paint Quote (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 22, 2023 7:46 PM

I'd get another quote that's for sure. We've had "new construction" painted before and our painter didn't seem to charge more for it. We always require primer and 2 coats of paint anyway.

Last job he did for us was all new stuff: ceilings, woodwork, walls so he had a lot of sanding and prep to do. It was 720 square feet. He charged $2065 - labor only, we provide the paint.

I just checked his invoice and he ended up doing 3 coats of paint in the living room and the bedroom, not sure why, but he didn't charge extra because his original quote was the same as his final invoice.

Paint Quote (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jan 22, 2023 8:01 PM

It may be 2100 sq ft but by the time you do ceilings and the interior walls it is probably more but regardless that sounds like a lot of money to me,keep shopping around. the best price is when you find a guy who gives you the price and he is the same guy doing the work with a helper or a partner. --74.77.xx.xx

Paint Quote (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jan 22, 2023 8:45 PM

These prices seem ridiculous to me. It's not a high end mansion.Just apartments.New construction.

Drywall primer paint.One coat medium grade finish paint.

Get an airless spray gun (rent or a cheap one from Home D- about $300). It takes about 10-20 minutes per coat to spray a room. If you want to backroll it (I never did on low end apartments),have a helper follow the sprayman around, maybe 15 minutes per room.

I'd pay $15 per room,per coat. 6 rooms per apartment x $30 per room = $180 per apt plus paint. Add maybe $90 per apt if you want it backrolled.

Four - seven hundred foot apartments can EASILY be done in one long day.

Sell the sprayer when the job is finished.

Call Labor Ready temp service and tell them you want someone who knows how to operate an airless.


Paint Quote (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jan 22, 2023 8:54 PM

Also, it is the drywall finishers job to leave the drywall paint ready when they are done. Unless it is a high end mansion, painters should not have to do anything on prep except maybe mask off the windows.

If the drywaller also sprays texture on the job,be it orangepeel or knockdown, he should mask the windows before the spray.Just tell him to leave the masking on for paint. --97.85.x.xx

Paint Quote (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jan 22, 2023 10:11 PM

You have a chance to really test your "Painters". Get a quote one apartment first. Then ask the same painter company/contractor "how much of a discount will you give me, since I'm a landlord with many units/properties". To paint a second or third apartment, you should get 20-30% off if the unit is in the same building and they don't have to drive somewhere else.

I had three units in a property of mine that needed painting. So first I called my painter, Armando the painter. He owns a small painting company with the same employee's for the past 20 some years. I got a quote for $1,200, and took them 2 and 1/3 days. They worked slowly. Sanded, applied primer and let it dry before applying the paint. 2 guys, 2-1/3 days. Good job.

For the next apartment I hired my Korean painter. He runs his company like a rock star. Each employee is paid by job and not by the hour or day -- so his guys work like engineers, well thought out. They get to the job at 6:30am and set up. By 7am they sand, clean up. Prime using quick drying primer. They roll on the paint and spray in closets and in cabinets. By 4:00pm on the same day, they are done. Price $1,100. Quality-equal to Armando crew.

Third painting company--out of work professional painters in need of work. I can pay them by day or by the hour. I have to provide ladders, tools, equipment and all supplies. Since I'm a contractor and know what is needed on the job, buying the paint and supplies are easy. This crew does a custom job. I have to pay them at the end of each day. Each guy is assigned a task or room. With the right guys I get a superior job at a price which comes out to be MORE. Ending up at $1,500.

Paint Quote (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 22, 2023 10:52 PM

Is the painter sealing the drywall and then priming/painting it?

Paint Quote (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Jan 23, 2023 12:36 AM

Someone has to wipe the surfaces down after the taper is done. If it needs sanding then, we’re not on the same page. Drywall primer is thin, but dries fast. I sand walls after this primer and usually take 2 coats to top off drywall primer. Richard if I’m painting new construction I get a good foundation down, it will help absorb abuse later.

GKARL point is you have to be on the same page as the contractor, still seems like a high price even w the paint.

Only time I hired painter we got crossed over painting bare doors. They took several coats of paint to cover, and the painter wouldn’t do it even though I offered to let him adjust his price. For prep comparison it took me 2hr to tape and caulk around kitchen cabinets n 8 windows in a 3br unit the other day taking my time.

Paint Quote (by ned [AL]) Posted on: Jan 23, 2023 5:59 AM

I'd do it myself before I paid more thank 5k total. --70.92.xx.xx

Paint Quote (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 23, 2023 8:26 AM

I do the prep work but I am slow, clean well every day, 1 coat of sealer to stabilize what you are looking at for any big spots for more mud and smoothing. I have started to save lots of time since getting a Graco 700 rebuilt (Thanx Jason - PA) from Gleem online, it must be cleaned well after each use and wrapped to prevent the dust from clogging it up - I mostly take it to the van to prevent being stolen. Then the sprayer comes back with color coats after again a good clean-up so the dust doesn't mess up refinishing everything.

Paint Quote (by Tony [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 23, 2023 8:32 AM

I might have a guy. How far are you (drive time) from the I-80 Delaware River toll bridge?

Paint Quote (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Jan 23, 2023 10:17 AM

Ned--that's exactly what I'm thinking. Do it myself and hire out pieces of it. Price is double what I was expecting.

Tony: I'm down off of Route 78 right over the Jersey border. Toll Bridge is about 30-45 minutes.

Paint Quote (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Jan 23, 2023 10:18 AM

Ray--they sell PVA sealer, so there shouldn't be a lot of extra steps here.

Paint Quote (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jan 23, 2023 10:13 PM

That seems high. On new sheetrock, I'd recommend one step...wiping down the walls with TSP and a large can do this yourself or hire a kid to do it. I do this myself and can do a standard bedroom in 10 minutes as long as the ceilings are 8' and I don't need a ladder. If you don't do this, all the drywall dust will be in the paint brushes/rollers and your paint will look horrible and not adhere well. I don't think sanding should be necessary if the drywallers did their job well.

Also ask what brand of paint. For example, Sherwin Williams has paints all the way from about $45/gallon up to $85. I used the ProMar 200, which is contractor grade. It's plenty good for rentals. If they are using expensive paint it may add hundreds to the cost.

You mention that the floors don't need protected...are they spraying? If you can find someone who sprays, it may be less expensive, as they can do a room in 15 minutes after all the masking is goes really fast (I've done it myself). It's a bit tricky when doing ceilings also as usually the ceiling is flat sheen and walls egshell, so they have to mask the ceiling when they do the walls...unless you're willing to have egshell ceilings.

Paint Quote (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Jan 24, 2023 1:10 AM

Hoosier, that "quote" was with me supplying the paint. They clearly don't want the work.

Paint Quote (by tryan [MA]) Posted on: Jan 24, 2023 4:47 PM

Definately a second - and third - quote.

Little bit funny, I had my lake house glass blasted and needed it stained. Referral from a friend comes in at 17k ... OUCH! Never returned his call. Now he's calling every other day .... obviously needs the work.

A guy from my golf league looks at it .... $4800. "OK DO IT".

Mr 17k calls again DROPS his price to 11k "I looked at it again" he says. Sooo I had to close the loop with him. Called him back. Told him who I contacted with and told him his quote was 3x too high.

Enjoyed that call!

Paint Quote (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 8:52 PM

sand it once over with a fine grit just to get the highest of the high spots. a quick wipe with a barely damp cloth, a squirt of PVA to "prime" it and then a coat of the paint you prefer. most better paints will cover in 1 coat over PVA.

go to any paint store and find the guy loading out and ask his hourly. pros have only one speed...production. that job MIGHT be three days for a guy and his helper. no trim, no masking...that's what they call blow and go. they dream of these gigs --75.80.xx.xx

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