Paint specialties (cont.)
Spackling compound (vinyl-paste)
    Interior, 8-ounce tube — Ea 4.32 — 4.32
Wood filler paste — Pint 7.98 — 7.98
    Acetone — Gal 13.00 — 13.00
    Industrial thinner — Qt 21.00 — 21.00
    Denatured alcohol — Qt 7.28 — 7.28
    Mineral spirits — Gal 15.20 — 15.20
    Paint thinner — Gal 12.00 — 12.00
    Shellac or lacquer thinner — Gal 18.50 — 18.50
    Turpentine — Qt 7.00 — 7.00
Painting, Labor Single coat applications except as noted. Not including equipment rental costs. These figures are based on hand work (roller, and brush where required) on residential jobs. Where spray equipment can be used to good advantage, reduce these costs 30% to 40%. Spray painting will increase paint requirements by 30% to 60%. Protection of adjacent materials is included in these costs, but little or no surface preparation is assumed. Per SF of surface area to be painted. Figures in parentheses show how much work should be done in an hour. For more complete coverage of painting costs, see National Painting Cost Estimator at
Exterior surfaces, per coat, paint grade
    Door and frame, 6 sides (2.5 doors/hour) PT@.400 Ea — 15.00 15.00
    Siding, smooth, wood (250 SF/hour) PT@.004 SF — .15 .15
    Siding, rough or shingle (200 SF/hour) PT@.005 SF — .19 .19
    Shutters (50 SF/hour) PT@.020 SF — .75 .75
    Stucco (300 SF/hour) PT@.003 SF — .11 .11
    Trim, posts, rails (20 LF/hour) PT@.050 LF — 1.88 1.88
Windows, including mullions, per SF of opening, one side only (67 SF/hour) PT@.015 SF — .56 .56
    Add for light sanding (330 SF/hour) PT@.003 SF — .11 .11
Interior surfaces, per coat
    Ceiling, flat latex (250 SF/hour) PT@.004 SF — .15 .15
    Ceiling, enamel (200 SF/hour) PT@.005 SF — .19 .19
    Walls, flat latex (500 SF/hour) PT@.002 SF — .08 .08
    Walls, enamel (400 SF/hour) PT@.003 SF — .11 .11
    Baseboard (120 LF/hour) PT@.008 LF — .30 .30
    Bookcases, cabinets (90 SF/hour) PT@.011 SF — .41 .41
Windows, including mullions and frame, per SF of opening, one side only (67 SF/hour) PT@.015 SF — .56 .56
  Floors, wood
    Filling PT@.007 SF — .26 .26
    Staining PT@.006 SF — .23 .23
    Shellacking PT@.006 SF — .23 .23
    Varnishing PT@.006 SF — .23 .23
    Waxing, machine PT@.006 SF — .23 .23
    Polishing, machine PT@.008 SF — .30 .30
    Sanding, hand PT@.012 SF — .45 .45
    Sanding, machine PT@.007 SF — .26 .26

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