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Question DetailsAsked on 3/17/2016

Exterior Paint general estimate: two story, masonry on lower, peeling wood, needs trim replacement. Ballpark Range?

I'm looking to paint the second story of our home - 1300sf footprint, with brick first story. No major trees to navigate, but the trim has probably never been replaced since the home was built in the mid-80s. Some peeling on the boards is noticeable, but mostly trim replacement (roughly 40% needs to be replaced). What can I expect to pay for a trim job and single layer of paint, medium to high quality paint? We will be replacing with vinyl at some point in the next 5 years, so a single layer is fine. This home is in the Houston area, so high sun exposure and humidity are the main issues. Also, are any of these items things that I can do myself?


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You can see typical ballpark costs in the Home > Painting link in Browse Projects, at lower left - be sure you are looking at exterior, not interior costs.

Replaced trim would need primer (unless factory primed) plus probably 2 coats if you want it to last.

However - if going to tear off the vinyl in next 5 years, why replace trim (unless actively rotting) - because most or all of it will probably go away in the residing anyway. I would replace active rotting or insect infested wood (and treat for insects as needed) then just scrape to remove loose paint on the trim, then repaint along with the siding, and do the major trim work with the residing job. Or just reside now - there is not that terrific a difference in repainting/retrimming a deteriorated house and totally residing it, so maybe you should just hold off on the residing a bit till you can reside it - because repainting and retrimming now may cost 1/3 to 1/2 as much as the total residing job.

If up to climbing ladders, all of it is potentially DIY - though if you had to ask that implies you are not experienced in this type of work so maybe not so much. Though this type of a job, when you are expecting to tear it all off in 5 years anyway, would be a decent DIY learning experience.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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