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Old 04-02-2008, 11:48 AM   #21
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I'm not trying to insult you but you might want to work for someone that does new construction for a living and learn the correct procedure to maximize profitability. This isnt something that can be outlined on a forum nor is it something a carpenter can tell you how to do. The builder might see your inexperience and be trying to take advantage of you. Be careful!

My thoughts exactly. But this is the system thats always been used whenever I work for wages. The only variables ive ever seen is whether theres 3 coats or 2,and if its 3 then the top coat is applied last,after cabinetry and everything is in.
The second is whether the trim is sprayed top coat or brushed,and its only ever sprayed if theres 3 top coats walls.Then after 2nd coat the walls and windows are masked off and the trim is sprayed,after that the final wall coat goes on.Im probably not explaining myself very clearly but if you do have a better way,do post it!
I left out finer details like patching after prime coat etc,I thought those things go without saying.
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:40 PM   #22
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My thoughts exactly. But this is the system thats always been used whenever I work for wages. The only variables ive ever seen is whether theres 3 coats or 2,and if its 3 then the top coat is applied last,after cabinetry and everything is in.
The second is whether the trim is sprayed top coat or brushed,and its only ever sprayed if theres 3 top coats walls.Then after 2nd coat the walls and windows are masked off and the trim is sprayed,after that the final wall coat goes on.Im probably not explaining myself very clearly but if you do have a better way,do post it!
I left out finer details like patching after prime coat etc,I thought those things go without saying.
No one here should be telling you what your rates should be ...but @ 1.50 per sq/ft you will probably be working 1/2 the job for free with the methods described. You should be staring the job after the finish carpenters are finished and before the flooring and cabinets are installed. Depending on the finish on the walls there should be no top coat on anything once everyone is done. I include a max 6-8 hour punch list time to touch up in my pricing to all builders. More coats means you need to add to your sq/ft price.There are so many variables that could effect your pricing that will kill your margin. Even the most experienced guys have trouble making money on new construction homes.
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In WNC the lowball hacks are getting 2.25 and most of the established painters are around 3
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Thats for floor square footage?
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In WNC the lowball hacks are getting 2.25 and most of the established painters are around 3
Hate to tell ya but your $3 an hour is not too far off the "low ball hacks" you refer to. In NJ we charge from $5 to $10 a floor sq ft.
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I am also working in BC and my pricing begins at $3.oo sq.ft {floor plan} plus an extra $i.oo for every sq ft of ceiling, Crowns are extra, also chair rail and also more window area increases my price. The house I am about to start has a foyer area with pre primed pine ceiling 12' that I will oil prime and top coat with flat white plus some timber and beam work that I will coat with a clear polycarbonate. These are also xtras. This is a custom house but not that special.
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I just finished a 3k sq ft new construction. Im telling you it is more work than you imagine if you have never done one. Filling holes, caulking all doors, windows, crown, base etc.. that in itself will kill you. Dont forget you will be fixing everyone else poor workmanship.. "hey this dont fit right, f..it the painters are coming." Be prepared to fix everyones slop and walls and trim that gets hit after you make it pretty. I would start off at 10 a foot (on foot print)and bump it from there if there are windows, cabinets etc..

also you need to hit two coats primer on dry wall
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Het St Anger
Did you figure this question out?

I have new construction 40.000 SQF - Looking to get the labor cost only, no supplies, no materials - Just a labor.

We have 1 coat with primer and 2 coats of eggshell, also trims, foot moldings
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Did you figure this question out?
You have to wait another 9 years for a reply.
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You have to wait another 9 years for a reply.
Yea but this was a fun read. Painters ranging from $4500 to over $30,000 to paint a basic 3000 square ft house. The guy at $30,000 wanted more if there's windows. I can paint that by myself in about a month, $1,500 in supplies. That's prime everything after install, fixing the drywallers slop and 2-3 top coats.That's $342,000/yr. sign me up. I'll won't even bitch about having to buy a lot of lights since the house will be windowless.
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What would the cost be for NC, builder sent us a list of high end paints, so he's expecting high end quality.
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What would the cost be for NC, builder sent us a list of high end paints, so he's expecting high end quality.
Three fifty
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Thank you Avenge
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Why would anyone price a painting job by floor sqft?? We are seeing around
1.15/sqft 9’ wall
1.40/sqft 9’ ceilings
1.00/Linft for trim
140.00 a door
75.00 window(drywall return)
Pricing painting work by floor space is wrong unless it is a floor plan you have worked before.
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Instead of factoring cost per sq foot, why not estimate how many hours you think it might take to complete, and multiply that by your hourly rate? But then be sure to add some fluff time in there, because you'll be competing with other contractors for access.
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Usually once you have your unit prices figured out properly it is more accurate and and consistent to price that way rather than guessing on hours.

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