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Old 08-22-2011, 11:05 AM   #21
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I got my house fully painted in April of this year. It was one of those major house maintenance things we wanted to do as soon as I retired just to get it out of the way. We have a small stucco house; 1 story; wooden windows. It cost $4200. This was less than we expected. The economy is keeping prices low, especially in the building sector. This is a good time to contract this kind of work.

We used the same contractor that painted the house 28yrs ago when we first bought it. He has since painted our wooden garage and, 15 yrs ago, painted the half of the house that gets the most sun exposure. It helps if you have a contractor you like and trust.

We also replace the roof. Also same original contractor. Also cost less than expected.
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I'd much rather write on this forum than do the actual work too, but it's much easier on the pocket book, knowing I have the physical ability to do the work myself. The prior owners pretty much let things get in disrepair, so I feel I need to do things right. You may want to look into a primer with mold/mildew inhibitors added in like Zinsser Perma-White.
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I'd much rather write on this forum than do the actual work too, but it's much easier on the pocket book, knowing I have the physical ability to do the work myself. The prior owners pretty much let things get in disrepair, so I feel I need to do things right. You may want to look into a primer with mold/mildew inhibitors added in like Zinsser Perma-White.
Right, doing the work yourself can save $'s and is a source of satisfaction too -- after all the work is done, in my case . Also you know the job is done well. Also I can add "painter" to my ER resume along with gardener, maintenance man, financier, etc.
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Another nice aspect of painting your own house is that you get to do as much of it or as little as you want.

In our community, the homeowner's association requires a painting permit each & every time you paint the house. This involves submitting a form, using their color palette, and then posting their permit prominently on your property while the work is in progress (but for no longer than 30 days!).

Lo & behold, it's a mystery why nobody in this neighborhood paints their houses. I'm sure the HOA is considering hiring a forensic accountant to compare their paint-permit files to their street addresses so that they can send "paint letters" to the miscreants.

We think we've found the solution to this bureaucratic conundrum. We no longer paint the whole house at once. We "touch up" using the paint colors that have been previously approved (over a decade ago). Spouse paints the garage door one month, and then doesn't do it again for years. She'll paint a portion of an exterior wall another month, and then won't get back to it for years. And so on. Each paint session lasts 1-2 hours on a cooler day in an area that's in the shade at that time of day, preferably with a tradewind and a cool beverage. We'll continue this "touch-up" process until the HOA sends their paint police.

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Right, doing the work yourself can save $'s and is a source of satisfaction too -- after all the work is done, in my case . Also you know the job is done well. Also I can add "painter" to my ER resume along with gardener, maintenance man, financier, etc.
OK, the curiosity is killing me-- did you paint the house with oils? Acrylics? ... or with watercolors?

And when you're done painting the house do you take a photo of the house, or do you paint a picture of it?
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OK, the curiosity is killing me-- did you paint the house with oils? Acrylics? ... or with watercolors?

And when you're done painting the house do you take a photo of the house, or do you paint a picture of it?
That's a good one Nords. My wife uses mostly acrylics in the studio and we both use water miscible oils when doing landscape painting. Now for the house, it's straight latex and no fancy stuff -- just one or two colors. I could do an impressionist painting on the front wall but the HOA police would take me out then. We have one of those HOA's too and have a form is on file with the "architectural review committee".

Seriously, I do keep a set of photos on my computer of the house painting. Since siding tends to get it only when it's really necessary, those photos and notes come in handy over the years.
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