Exterior Painting Costs 2021
Exterior Painting Costs 2021 - Use Urethane Paint & Oxygen Bleach
Exterior painting costs are going up with inflation. To save money long-term, you want to purchase the best paint and clean your house well so it's many years before you paint again.
What is the Best Exterior House Paint?
The best exterior paint hands down is a urethane house paint. You want one that is made with a urethane resin. The resin is the glue component of paint. Paint is simply colored glue. If you look at the chemical formula for a vinyl-acetate resin paint, you'd discover quickly it's almost identical to the formula for a high-quality yellow glue.
What are Exterior Paint Costs?
Right now, in 2021, you're going to see the cost of a gallon of high-quality paint range from $45 to $65 per gallon. Each gallon only covers about 350 square feet, so you can easily spend $1,000 on paint for a house that has lots of siding to paint.
What Do Painters Charge?
Painters can charge anywhere from $35 to $60 per hour. In some dense urban areas, it's possible a great painter might get $70 dollars per hour or more. Keep in mind that a painting contractor has to match the withholding tax and Medicare taxes that each employee has to pay. In addition, the painting contractor has to pay Workman's Compensation fees,
Unemployment taxes, and general liability insurance premiums. Workman's Compensation fees for painters could be as high as 15% of the hourly rate, maybe more. These rates are determined by how dangerous the work is. Painters are on ladders all day, need I say more?
What is the Best Way To Clean a House?
The best way to clean a house is to wash it just as you might wash your car.
You may be tempted to use a pressure washer to clean the surface of what you’ll be painting. I maintain that these infernal machines don’t get things as clean as you might want. In all my tests, there’s always a very thin film of dirt left behind after aiming the high-pressure stream at a surface.
Should I Use Oxygen Bleach?
I prefer to wash my surfaces using a solution of oxygen bleach mixed with some liquid dish soap. Oxygen bleach deep cleans the surfaces, it removes algae, mold, and mildew. STAIN SOLVER is a made-in-the USA certified organic oxygen bleach.
I use a soft brush used to clean RVs to apply the cleaning solution. The rubbing with the brush and rinsing with clear water removes all traces of dirt.
What is the Best Weather to Paint?
Overcast weather with temperatures in the 60-70 F range with no wind is the best weather to do exterior painting.
You may be tempted to paint in full sunlight on a breezy day. Paint chemists I’ve interviewed in the past have told me that overcast days with no wind are the best as the paint tends to dry a little slower. Pay close attention to all the instructions on the finish paint can label and follow them to the letter.
Do I Have to Prime Bare Wood?
If you have to prime bare wood or metal, look once again to the label on the finish paint can. Some paints prefer a particular primer. To get the best results, apply the finish paint as soon as the primer can be recoated. This allows for the best mechanical and chemical bond between the two different paints.
How Long Can a Paint Job Last?
A great paint job can last fifteen and even twenty years! I know because the last paint job on my Cincinnati, OH house lasted that long. My current house in NH has urethane paint on it that's now 10 years old and it's in perfect condition. The house was painted in the summer of 2010.