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Question DetailsAsked on 1/5/2016

Is it better to have home interior painted one section (room) at a timer, or all of it at once?

Home hasn't been painted in 25 years and needs some wall repair, cleaning and primer before paint.

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Great question, the short answer is: "Better" only pertains to what is better for YOU. Some issues to consider:

First and foremost is budget, and this may dictate your approach. I've had customers do things one floor at a time, I've had large homes (10,000 square feet plus) do the home in wings or sections, and yes, I've had customers do things one room at a time (though this is usually 2 rooms at a time, to gain some leverage on "staying efficient" while paint dries in room A or B, respectively).

From an aesthetics position, I'd ask what kind of finish you'd like on your trim (IF THIS IS EVEN BEING PAINTED), i.e., would you like it spray painted for a truly smooth finish, or are you open to brush and roll marks -which can be minimized by great painters but not completely eliminated. IF you opt for sprayed finishes, the more you can do at once, the more econmical it becomes. The large scale has efficiency advantage of doing all the preparation at once, then setting up spray equipment just a couple times, and getting through all the trim in just 1 or 2 big sweeps. Conversely, you'd never want to do a room by room trim spray job, the overhead costs of stop, start, stop, start, would be awful.

Next I'd consider just how invasive you want this process to be. Assuming you hire a pro, the size of the staff will really dictate how long they are there, and how you might divide the project up.

Ultimately, if trim is a non-issue, and you have the budget, I'd work through the house in 2-3 room intervals, ideally back to back from group A to B and so on through completion. The less "start and stop" you can create, the better the pricing should be, and results will be more consistent as well. You also may want to consider a "trial run" before you committ one contractor to do the whole job.

Source: Painting Contractor 12+ Years

Answered 4 years ago by ColorwheelPainting

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