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by Ron Joseph

January, 2005

Paint Estimating for Contractors

Q. I need to know how to price a job of painting a small two bedroom condo with one wall vaulted in living area, all the trim and doors and both bathroom ceilings for a total 900 sq. feet.

A. This is not something I can help you with directly; however, the Painting & Decorating Contactors Association ( does have estimating guidelines that you might be able to purchase from their bookstore. (I'm not sure if non-menmers can purchase books, but I assume that they can, since it is a money-maker.) I have not seen the book myself, but here is a link to a manual on estimating:

Good luck:

Best Wishes,

Ron Joseph

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