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Question DetailsAsked on 5/17/2016

How much for a 1650 sq ft exterior paint job?

Basic sanding and pressure washing prep..I'll buy the paint if need be

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Since you say sanding is needed (unless you just meant breaking the gloss on trim paint preparatory to repainting) evidently you have peeling paint, so this is not a "normal" repaint job - this is a more than normal to significant prep and paint job, so probably talking $2.00-2.50/SF range or more - possibly up to $3.00/SF if significant peeling but not a total strip-down and full sand and start from scratch job, which if needed can run up to as much as $3-6/SF and sometimes runs comparable in cost (due to high labor required) to replacing with cheap-end siding and trim.

Those costs would include the paint - which might comprises roughly only 10-20% of the total cost on a typical paint job anyway.

You can find a lot of prior questions with responses about painting costs and issues (both interior and exterior) in the Home > Painting link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

While you might save a couple hundred $ on the paint buying it yourself (though with typical 25% contractor discount probably not), I don't recommend it - because then any mismatches (between surfaces or from what you wanted), delays due to bad or mislabelled or incorrectly mixed paint or paint shortage, etc become YOUR fault - he can blame a variety of poor results on the brand or mix or color or whatever of the paint YOU bought. By having him, provide all the materials, everything falls back to HIM to fix.

A lot of people also get into trouble saying they will "provide the materials" for a job - but what exactly are the "materials" other than the paint - tools, fuel and oil for gas driven pressure washer or paint gun, tarping for drive and plants and decks which are not getting painted, plastic sheeting and tape for windows, siding caulk, wood dough, window sealer/caulk, rusty fasstener sealer, replacement trim if needed locally to replace rotted sections, nails for loose items, sandpaper, cleaning rags or brushes, paint brushes, ... - the list of things needed goes on and on, and an established painter should have them all - but say YOU will provide them and then fail to anticipate EVERYTHING he needs - presto, instant delay and change order in price and such. Also potential delays and rescheduling in mid-job - I have seen job delayed several months because owner-furnished materials were incorrect and had to be replaced, then the work rescheduled because the scheduled window was missed and the contractor was booked solid for the rest of the season. Don't put yourself into that sinking boat.

And if YOU provide the paint, he can later say the brand was inadequate or the primer and paint were incompatible or it does not cover well enough so the paint is the cause of the failure and since he did not provide it, not covered in his warranty. Do NOT give him that potential out.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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