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Old 04-29-2007, 06:09 AM   #1
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Like stated before I'm not a finisher but I am intrested in getting into learning the trade.

Currently I am working for a drywall contractor that I do the paint jobs for. Well I was speaking to one of the long time finishers and he told me that he did jobs in the side and well some where in there he told me that when he priced jobs he would price under different circumtances but really would round up to about 70 cents a square foot.

does this sound too low for ya'll


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Old 04-29-2007, 08:03 AM   #2
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Depends on who's supplying material, and what the job is.

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Old 04-29-2007, 08:39 AM   #3
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20 foot wall for example and customer paying for material
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70 cents a square would be a really good price if not supplying material.At the least I wouldn't complain.
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70 cents a square would be a really good price if not supplying material.At the least I wouldn't complain.
Are you referring to 70 cents US or 70 cents CAN?
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a painter working for a drywaller and your actually wanting to bid on drywall work ? do you not know how to do the hanging taping or finishing of the drywall ? sounds to me like your tring to cut in on someones work . just from what i've read of your post .
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a painter working for a drywaller and your actually wanting to bid on drywall work ? do you not know how to do the hanging taping or finishing of the drywall ? sounds to me like your tring to cut in on someones work . just from what i've read of your post .
Reminds me of a basement remodel we did about 6 months ago. We had a guy that we had hired because he said he was a 'drywaller/taper'.
He hung 1/2 the basement in 2 days. Then started taping....

Now, I started out in the trades as a drywaller in '84 and did it fulltime for years, and still do it from time to time when we get backed up with an overload of work, so I know what real hanging and taping (Floating) is supposed to look like.

Well, we had to pull him off that job and bring our other workers in, who were working on larger drywall projects. Of course they laughed at the work and then they blew out the rest of the work quickly.

Turned out the guy, was actually a painter (hard-up for work), who 'thought' he knew how to hang and tape. He put the seams in wrong places, the taping was messy (Compared to real tapers) etc, etc, etc...
Funny, how many painters think that they know how to tape. (Nothing against the poster - as I do not know anything about them)...But, I have painter friends who we have had to go in - and fix their work.

Previous post, Just made me think about that....

I loaned the jerk some of my DW hand tools, and he never came back with them. I had a drywall utility knife, keyhole saw, and a rasp that I bought in '84, that he took.

We were nice to him, we knew he got in over his head, we just wished he had been honest with us about his experience, we would have used him on our painting jobs. The kicker was that he went back and talked to the HO and also talked to the guy that gave us the job...trying to get other work. (Guess he was a 'dirtbag' in sheep's clothing)

Anyways, sorry for the thread hi-jack....
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a painter working for a drywaller and your actually wanting to bid on drywall work ? do you not know how to do the hanging taping or finishing of the drywall ? sounds to me like your tring to cut in on someones work . just from what i've read of your post .
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a painter working for a drywaller and your actually wanting to bid on drywall work ? do you not know how to do the hanging taping or finishing of the drywall ? sounds to me like your tring to cut in on someones work . just from what i've read of your post .
I work for a well established Drywall and Paint here Houston.

well, I am starting to learn, but it is not rocket science. " Len Hijuelos" PaintPro
The finishers are good friends of mine and there is plenty of work out here.
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Ha, ha...so many think proper and professional taping is so easy....


When is the last time anyone saw a painter coat like this, before sanding:




Or like this (Again...this pic is before sanding):

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I would be more concerned about that elec panel.
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it maynot be rocket science, but it is hard kick ass work that isnt learned over night . so when you step on someones toes , the big boot they carry will hurt your backside enough to where you cant sit down for awhile . seriously guys work hard to earn there money even if there is alot of work the real contarctors want as much of it as they can get. and they dayum sure dont need a silly painter going out and bidding work and getting the prices screwed up .
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oh i forgot ,,, you are talking to a real well established drywall contrator , and i carry a big boot for painters bidding drywall work . if your going to paint.... PAINT if your going to finish and install drywall THEN DO SO . if your going to build the BUILD . but what ever you do ..do it right . learn the trade.

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oh chit sorry i'm on a roll here ,,, just a question to the painter guy . why is it that i always hear my customers say , OH my painter told me i dont need any primer just flat paint ? i have had to tell so many customer that flat paint is not a primer , makes me sick .
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I would be more concerned about that elec panel.
What is there to worry about?
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oh chit sorry i'm on a roll here ,,, just a question to the painter guy . why is it that i always hear my customers say , OH my painter told me i dont need any primer just flat paint ? i have had to tell so many customer that flat paint is not a primer , makes me sick .
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ok ok i'll tell you why ... that way the painter can off load all his left over paint he has collected over the past jobs and use it as a first coat / primer and get payed double on it . see now im not a dumb drywaller after all ... been there and seen it happen . i just feel bad for having to answer my own question . hope i havent given anyone any bad ideas

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I have gotten pricing from drywall professionals in my area for 25cents a sq ft for finishing. 25cents a sq ft for hanging. This is not including material, just labor. Seems to be a fair price in my area.
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I have gotten pricing from drywall professionals in my area for 25cents a sq ft for finishing. 25cents a sq ft for hanging. This is not including material, just labor. Seems to be a fair price in my area.
fair to who? that's only $8 to hang and $8 to finish...$16/board (4x8)

doesn't sound fair to the guys doing the work...
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Can't understand why a good painter wouldn't just take more painting on the side. Drywallers who don't finish GWB correctly suck. Anyone doing contract commercial would be well advised to make give you his John Henry before taking tools out of the truck.

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