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Question DetailsAsked on 6/16/2017

How much to paint 5300sqft walls only labor cost?

I need to paint 5300 sqft of just wall and i need to know how much labor would be the paint is already supplied

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Depends on local labor costs, amount of protection of flooring and any furniture moving/protection, whether this is a "blow-and-go" one-color spraying of walls and trim and ceiling and all, or has more detailed masking requirements. Also on number of different colors/mixes needed, if any doors/trim are being done in different finish or color, whether a primer is needed or not, number of coats to cover the existing paint with the finish color, etc.

For a blow-and-go simple to mask one-color all rooms spray job it can get as low as around $0.35-0.75/SF labor per coat for a moveout quickie job with no or absolutely minimal prep - and for detailed hand-painting (brush and roller) painting with a lot of cut-ins and detailed masking can get into the $2-5/SF range especially if there is a lot of detailed railing or crown/base molding work or a lot of prep work needed, but most commonly labor will run in the $1-2/SF range for most normal jobs with normal minimal hole patching and wall washing but no significant prep issues or knocking down of existing wall (plaster, drywall, or paint) textures. Add that sort of heavy prep can commonly run the prep from around $0.25-0.50/SF (included in normal painting cost) up to an additional $0.50-2/SF to the job.

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