O'Neil patches shallow holes and divots with Ready Patch because it dries fast, sands smooth, and stays flexible. Deep cracks and rotten spots are best repaired with two-step epoxies, such as those made by Advanced Repair Technology. (For a step-by-step instructions, see Repairing Rot with Epoxy.) The days of using polyester auto-body fillers on wood are over. "They cure too hard," says Portland, Oregon–based painting contractor Kathleen George. "They look good at first, but then they peel away."
A gallon of paint costs $15 to $40 and covers about 350 square feet with one coat. Designer varieties can run over $100 per gallon. Your contractor pays 50 percent less than what it runs in a home improvement store. You’ll also need to spend another $20 to $100 on supplies like brushes, rollers, masking paper and plastic. A professional will have these items on-hand.
"They are truly professionals, caring about the most minute details of your home project. We hired them to repair stucco on our home and paint the exterior. I am very particular and often expect perfection. This husband and wife team exceeded my expectations, were reliable, trustworthy, and cleaned up after themselves. They also had a lot of patience when I was choosing colors and made great recommendations. Assunta has a good eye. I plan to hire them again to paint the interior of my house and repair and stain the concrete driveway. I have hired other painters before and been so disappointed with the quality, that I do the work myself. David and Assunta don't use spray guns so there is not paint all over the fans and fixtures. They paint the old fashioned way with brushes and rollers. Their prices were a little more than the other pros who bid the job, but they are fair, and the excellent quality and their dependability was worth it. We have found a gem and won't use any other painters." Westminster House Painters CO
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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. Westminster House Painting