Painting labor costs — commercial and industrial work (cont.) Painting costs in this section assume work can be done from the floor or from ladders. Add the cost of scaffolding or staging when if required. Painting costs in this section include no surface preparation and no masking or protection of adjacent surfaces. Estimates for surface preparation and protection of adjacent surfaces are shown separately below. For more complete information on commercial and industrial painting costs, see National Painting Cost Estimator at http://CraftsmanSiteLicense.com/
  Spray board and batten siding PA@.003 SF — .16 .16
  Roll smooth siding PA@.004 SF — .21 .21
  Spray smooth siding PA@.003 SF — .16 .16
Preparing interior surfaces for painting
  Lay and secure drop cloth, 1,300 SF per hour PA@.078 CSF .14 4.07 4.21
  Masking with paper, 75 LF per hour PA@.013 LF .06 .68 .74
  Cover up with plastic or paper, 3,200 SF per hour PA@.031 CSF .04 1.62 1.66
  Light sanding of wood trim, 75 SF per hour PA@.013 LF .05 .68 .73
  Wire brush surface, 100 SF per hour PA@.010 SF .05 .52 .57
  Sand paneling, 110 SF per hour PA@.009 SF .05 .47 .52
  Light hand wash, 250 SF per hour PA@.004 SF .03 .21 .24
  Remove calcimine, 125 SF per hour PA@.008 SF .06 .42 .48
Interior walls, paint one coat
  Brush smooth plaster or drywall, 165 SF per hour PA@.006 SF — .31 .31
  Roll smooth plaster or drywall, 250 SF per hour PA@.004 SF — .21 .21
  Spray smooth plaster or drywall, 515 SF per hour PA@.002 SF — .10 .10
  Roll sand finish plaster or drywall, 250 SF per hour PA@.004 SF — .21 .21
  Spray sand finish plaster or drywall, 325 SF per hour PA@.003 SF — .16 .16
  Roll rough sand finish wall, 200 SF per hour PA@.005 SF — .26 .26
  Spray rough sand finish wall, 325 SF per hour PA@.003 SF — .16 .16
  Brush wood paneling, 165 SF per hour PA@.006 SF — .31 .31
  Spray wood paneling, 325 SF per hour PA@.003 SF — .16 .16
Interior ceilings, paint one coat
  Roll acoustical ceiling, 140 SF per hour PA@.007 SF — .37 .37
  Spray acoustical ceiling, 250 SF per hour PA@.004 SF — .21 .21
  Roll acoustical metal pan ceiling, 250 SF per hour PA@.004 SF — .21 .21
  Spray acoustical metal pan ceiling, 525 SF per hour PA@.002 SF — .10 .10
  Roll smooth drywall ceiling, 250 SF per hour PA@.004 SF — .21 .21
  Spray smooth drywall ceiling, 325 SF per hour PA@.003 SF — .16 .16
  Spray open wood or ceiling, 325 SF per hour PA@.003 SF — .16 .16
  Roll tongue and groove ceiling, 200 SF per hour PA@.005 SF — .26 .26
  Spray tongue and groove ceiling, 325 SF per hour PA@.003 SF — .16 .16
Cabinets or shelving, paint one coat
  Brush one coat, 125 SF per hour PA@.008 SF — .42 .42
  Spray one coat, 165 SF per hour PA@.006 SF — .31 .31
Material cost for painting Cost per coat based on purchase in gallon quantities. Paint coverage per gallon is based on second and later coats applied by roller or brush. Add 10% for first coats. Add 20% when paint is applied with a sprayer.
  Acrylic deck and siding stain 350 SF per gallon — SF .09 — .09
  Penetrating tinted natural stain 250 SF per gallon — SF .16 — .16
  Oil-based wiping stain 225 SF per gallon — SF .13 — .13
  Water-based urethane exterior clear finish 400 SF per gallon — SF .10 — .10
  Oil-based urethane interior clear finish 400 SF per gallon — SF .11 — .11
  Interior latex primer 400 SF per gallon — SF .05 — .05
  Interior flat latex 400 SF per gallon — SF .05 — .05

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