I'm past the stage of climbing ladders to paint the external wood work of the
house so swmbo has asked for quotes from a few decorators.
All hardwood doors and frames.
I'd like to give them a brief spec. including the following
Clean existing paint work
Remove any loose or flaking paint
Prime bare areas
What next ? Hardly needs undercoat as it has been painted 3-4 times before but
would one top coat be the norm ?
I won't be there to supervise the job and I have no wish to make it too onerous
but equally I want a good professional finish.
We have just had our 3-bedroom sized detached house done. All frames and
doors are softwood, and we needed the fascia boards done as well. I knew
and pointed out some small areas of rot, where the wood needed to be
The 3 estimates were £670 + paint costs, £2000 and just under £4000. All
were people or firms recommended by friends. The £2000 man rang a few
days after sending the estimate to back out.
We went with the £670, who started in April with the preparation and did
the work around the weather and other indoor jobs elsewhere. He finished
last Friday. SWMBO and I have been very pleased with his work and would
definitely use him again.
Total eventual cost was about £1600 because he regularly appeared asking
what I wanted him to do "as my finger has just gone through this", so he
replaced quite a large amount of simple and some not so simple woodwork.
Replacements included an external garden door and many of the
unreachable and so uninspected fascia boards.
I had to repair one small window frame because he was a painter, "not a
joiner", and said that he wouldn't take on the joints required. I just
cut away the bad wood and bodged a whole corner with replacement wood
and boatbuilding epoxy with filler.
Each painter favoured specific makes of paint, so we went with the Dulux
Weathershield suggested by our man. This turned out to be two distinct
types of paint depending on the colour, so we have white oil-based along
side the coloured water-based.
Our painter followed the OP's specification as a matter of course, but
he applied coats as necessary, never less than 2.
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