A thorough scrubbing is a must before painting any exterior surface. It removes the dirt and broken-down paint residues that keep fresh coats from adhering and gets rid of mildew that grows on paint in all but the most arid climates. Most contractors clean with pressure washers, but in the hands of someone unfamiliar with the equipment, these can gouge wood, shatter glass, and drive water behind siding and trim. Using a hose, a pump sprayer, and a scrub brush is slower but safer, and just as effective.
this site has been a real treasure of information for me . The best thing you did for me is cause me to awaken to the grand idea of subcontracting my work instead of doing it myself. I didnt know how i could ever save enough money for a van, equipment, insurance etc.etc. and not tomention my lack of experience . I love to paint but i’d much rather someone else more expereinced than me do it .What was I thinking ?
Hey there ! My names Paul Zeise , with Paul’s Home Improvement. Im working on a bid for a commercial painting job. The painting surface would be masonry and it already has a coat of paint. Theres a bunch of pipes to paint around and i have no idea what to charge per sq ft. Whats the going rate for commercial painteing per sq ft ? Thanks for the help Broomfield House Painting

Hey Chandler, we have a house 2565 sq ft with the old wood trim on windows and doors. Doors are solid dark wood. We would paint all walls and doors and trim and baseboards. We also would be painting the cabinets in the kitchen from wood to white. We are trying to determine a final all in labor cost + a timeframe to do the job. The trim is trim time is throwing us off a bit. And personally, thank you very much for your time and sacrifice on this blog you have helped many many people. Broomfield Home Painting
Walls should be wet down before getting scrubbed, then washed with a gallon of water mixed with 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1 cup of either a concentrated, phosphate-free cleaner, such as a trisodium phosphate (TSP) substitute, or Jomax House Cleaner. Working in sections, from the bottom to the top, will avoid streaks. Be sure to rinse walls well before the solution dries. Wood siding and trim should be ready to paint after a day or two of dry weather. Broomfield Home Painting
It’s been a while but I know I can do the required hours to finish in two days completely, however did I mention I am the only crew for the job. So I tend to bid low and some of the quotes i have read from your posts seemed high, but I am interested in what you would bid and I am on board to give that bid to My client. What’s the worst they can say,,no? Better that than underestimate my time and skills. Signed interested in a sound bid.
It’s been a while but I know I can do the required hours to finish in two days completely, however did I mention I am the only crew for the job. So I tend to bid low and some of the quotes i have read from your posts seemed high, but I am interested in what you would bid and I am on board to give that bid to My client. What’s the worst they can say,,no? Better that than underestimate my time and skills. Signed interested in a sound bid.
When the primer is dry, caulk all small joints (less than ¼-inch-wide) in the siding and trim. Most pros use siliconized acrylics—paint won't stick to straight silicones—but Guertin and O'Neil like the new, more expensive urethane acrylics for their greater flexibility and longevity. O'Neil stresses that it's shortsighted to skimp on caulk. "If the joint fails, you're back to square one." Guertin uses the lifetime rating as his quality guide. "I don't expect 35-year caulk will last 35 years, but it should last longer than a 15-year caulk." Broomfield Home Painting
Painting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give your home's interior a facelift with dramatic results. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that difficult. Home improvement stores offer samples that you can take home. With these samples, you can try a few colors in large swaths on your wall to see the how the paint interacts with the room's natural light. Compare it against design elements like pillows or furniture to see whether it will work with your overall décor.
Good day. Stumbled on your site and spent some time reading. Great information. I’ve been applying coatings for some time now, but after that time still hit a stumbling block when putting together estimates for exterior work when doing brick homes that require doors, and the trim package. I’ve got a 4,000 sq ft ranch and has one high side where the driveway slopes down to a garage. Is everyone running linear feet pricing nowadays for fascia, soffit, and dentil moulding? I know different markets will have different tolerances. Trying to soundboard to see what most exterior guys are doing now. We’ve been indoors for some time now and branching back to more exterior work. Appreciate any advice and feedback. Thanks!

Thank you Chandler. This is a very useful site. I am starting to build the painting side of my business and wasn’t sure how to bid on larger jobs. Just got the call to bid on 1550 sf new construction, freshly textured, prime and paint ceilings, walls. Also paint doors, trim and baseboards. Customer bought the paint. Initial thought was to go in at around $1500, but after reading many of the comments here I think I would be more in line at around $2300. Would I be way off base with this price? Broomfield House Painting
Hi Kadie, when it’s sort of a piecemeal job like you’ve listed, we recommend bringing your head painter to help estimate. Your foreman, or most experienced painter can tell you how long each item will take. For example: Sanding and Painting 6 doors = 4 hours. 3 window shutters = 1.5 hours etc. After itemizing everything with your painter you’ll get a labor total, like 25 hours. And then charge an amount per hour that includes hourly labor, materials and your profit margin. Lets say all your items take 25 hours and you charge $60 per hour (includes labor, paint, and your markup). You would bill the customer 25x$60 = $1,500. This estimating process is recommended when there are many scattered things to be painted and it’s not just a full repaint. Hopefully this helps, Kadie. House Painting Broomfield Colorado
I am starting out on my own and like most everyone else, I am inexperienced with estimating and pricing. I know you dont do estimates, but my question is about the pricing market in the DC area as oppose to other regions. I painted mostly in the west where the cost of living is much cheaper. How will I compare pricing from there to here in the DC area where the cost of living is 3xs as high?

Hi Jose I’m glad you like the blog. Unfortunately we don’t really do estimates for people. We offer advice (based on our own extensive experience with estimating) that can help guide you to a fair bid for both you and the homeowner. I don’t know what the price would be on your specific example, but I DO know that old wooden trimmed windows take a LONG time to prep and paint correctly. And I also know that going from a dark wood color to a white color can take 3 or 4 coats. Plus it depends if you’re switching finishes, oil to acrylic or vice versa, because you might need to apply a stain blocking primer before you even apply paint. Based on your example, I would estimate for extensive time on this job.


Hi there I’ve been running my business for over a year and I have come to realize that due to the area I live seems that. When I bid people think it’s way to much because we live in a very small town. I know other painters in my area and they run into the same issue on average my business is only making 350.00 a day if I try to bid it higher it turns people away. How can I help my business earn more? House Painting Broomfield Colorado
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