Cost of Good Paint?

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Old 09-17-12, 01:58 PM
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Cost of Good Paint?

I'm not going to ask about brands for now. Just an approximate price range for five gallons of good exterior paint. A price point below which the paint quality would be questionable. Will be only one coat. Need good hiding power. Hopefully forgiving of less then perfectly scraped surface. Last at least five years. Preferably latex.

Related questions. Is 300 sqft or greater reasonable coverage for a gallon of paint? Can 105 siding be painted with a roller? Is a pressure washer an acceptable alternative to hand scraping? How about a wire cup brush on a 7" angel grinder?
 
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Since I'm retired, I'm not up on current paint prices but a few calls should get you a good idea. Often the higher priced paint is cheaper when you consider coverage and life of the paint job. I wouldn't use anything cheaper than a mid grade paint - that's usually where you run into poor coverage and/or short life.

What's 105 siding? I've never heard of it but may know it by another name.

You never want to use a PWer for stripping paint off of wood - it will damage the wood! Sanding might fix it but why do extra work. I usually scrape by hand but will use a wire brush or sanding on occasion.... it really depends on the job at hand.

Most paints get 400 sq ft per gallon. Rough or porous surfaces will take more paint.
 
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It is sold as pattern 105 siding where I live but is also called drop siding.
 
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I do not buy at the paint stores but I typically spend about $25+ on a gallon of paint. Have always been happy with the results.
 
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That's what we call dutch lap siding It can be painted with a roller [1.5" nap] but it should be back brushed to make it look good.
 
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Thanks all for the replies. Would really like to slap some cheap vinyl siding on it. Lot less work but it looks like paint is the cheaper way to go.
 
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Ya, labor is usually the biggest cost when repainting an exterior. Remember the better the prep job, the better the paint job. Don't go too cheap on the paint as the higher priced coatings usually last longer. Generally it's best to use an oil base primer and latex for the top coat. If your house is old enough not to have a vapor barrier [and usually insufficient insulation] those conditions usually make latex primer a better choice. If moisture can migrate thru the wall, it will lift oil base primer/paint but can often move thru latex enough so it won't be a big issue.
 
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Vapor barrier LOL tar paper maybe? No insulation for sure. If I had the energy do do two coats I'd probably re-look at vinyl.
 
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