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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to get the outside of your house painted?

You can expect to pay around $2,535 to get the outside of your house painted, though this cost will increase with larger house sizes (and decrease with smaller ones). The average hourly rate for exterior painters is $45 and ranges from $25-$75.

Wood, brick, stucco, vinyl, aluminum and stone each have their own set of demands. Contact exterior painters near you to get a detailed cost estimate for your house.

How many coats of paint does the exterior of a house need?

Your house’s exterior will likely need two coats of paint. With two coats, your house will look more even and solid in color and will be better protected from moisture and the elements. The painting should always occur over a primed and well-prepared surface.

What colors should I paint my house exterior?

You have many options when it comes to paint colors. For example, an off-white creates a traditional look, and it looks great with a bright door to contrast it. Yellow is a happy color that, while light blue is reminiscent of an oceanfront style. Gray houses are also on trend, providing a classy and neutral tone that remains warm and inviting.

How often should you paint your house's exterior?

Expert opinion is mixed, but the general range is five to 10 years. However, this depends on many factors. Houses in harsh climates with extreme temperatures, lots of dust or ice or intense sunlight may need more frequent paint jobs than those in temperate climates. Also, wood houses will need new paint more often due to the changes within the wood itself. You should also consider painting the outside of your house if you plan to sell it.

What is the best exterior house paint?

Acrylic paints are generally considered good options for today’s home exterior paint jobs. You can also choose an oil-based or latex (water-based) paint. Also, look into specialty paints for your doors, roof, gutters, siding and other exterior surfaces.

What questions should I ask an exterior painter?

While painters’ online profiles provide helpful customer reviews and other information, it’s still important to ask the right questions. Ask whether they have sufficient workman’s compensation insurance to cover any injuries to avoid any potential financial liability. Get in writing the preparatory steps the painter takes to get the house ready for painting — simply painting on top of compromised paint won’t work. And does the work include a warranty? If the paint starts to fade, peel or crack soon after completion, you’ll want recourse.

Can I use digital payments to pay for painting services?

Many painters accept digital payments through Venmo, Square Cash, Google Pay, PayPal, Zelle and others. Due to COVID-19, others may quickly adopt this technology to maintain social distancing practices and follow health recommendations.

Contact professionals beforehand to ensure they’re able to accept digital payments and continue to follow safety guidelines throughout your interactions. Compare local interior and exterior painters’ profiles to see which types of payments they accept.

What should I look for when choosing a painter?

When choosing a painter, pay attention to online reviews and ratings. Reviews with pictures are especially valuable, as these showcase the painter’s work. It’s also important to check whether your state requires licenses for painters — if it’s required, your contractor should be able to present their license. 

Finally, compare estimates and quotes from multiple painters near you. Take into consideration what each one guarantees with the job, including factors like higher-quality paint, extensive preparation and a good warranty.

Should I pressure wash my house before painting?

Pressure washing your siding before painting is an efficient way to clean your house in preparation for receiving new paint. However, it must be done correctly to avoid causing water damage or damaging the siding itself. 

Depending on the PSI rating of your washer, you should stand far away enough from your house to avoid removing paint or etching into the siding itself. Also avoid injecting water behind the siding, which typically occurs when spraying upwards at a low angle. 

When in doubt, consider hiring a pressure washer near you before your painter paints your home’s exterior. Or, contact the best painters near you to see if they offer pressure washing services as well.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a painter during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to use virtual tools for communication. If you’re hiring local interior and exterior painters, contact them to see if they’ll set up a video call to assess your project. During this call, they can get a feel for what needs to be done and may be able to give you a price quote. 

Discuss potential plans and strategies for getting the work done safely. And ask whether they accept virtual or digital payments.

Reviews for San Diego exterior painters
Jena G.
Alex did a fantastic job with painting the exterior of our home. He was always on time, even early and he did quality and timely work. We are extremely pleased with the outcome of what our exterior looks like and would highly recommend Alex for any of your exterior painting needs! Below I posted before and after.
Victor T.
Oscar did a Great Job getting the house exterior cleaned, repaired and painted. Very Satisfied with the Job and the Home fresh look!
Oscar G. PaintingOscar G. Painting
Kirstin H.
We needed exterior windows trim painted, and Luna Painting was quick to come take a look and provide an estimate, and was able to get the job scheduled and done promptly. He did a great job, and we’d happily hire him again in the future for more painting needs!
Luna PaintingLuna Painting
Laura M.
Billy and his glares did a great job. They were thorough, clean, and very punctual. They painted the exterior of our home and repaired stucco in just a few days. The crew was respectful and fast. I definitely recommend Nobel painting.
Nobel PaintingNobel Painting
Atif K.
Sam and Carol were a pleasure to deal with and Freddy / Reuben did excellent work on exterior of house. House was completed on time and requested they paint the interior of the garage next.
Advanced Painting GroupAdvanced Painting Group
Teddy T.
Gregg and his team are awesome! They painted my exterior and interior wall plus all cabinets within 9 days! I love my home more now. I will definitely call Gregg for my office and other properties paint job from now on.
Pacific Painting ProsPacific Painting Pros
Christelle R.
Josue and his team did a tremendous work with our house. We booked them for exterior house painting and we’re extremely happy with the result. Got lots of compliments from our friends and neighbors!
Alliance PaintingAlliance Painting
Matt K.
Eddie was very nice and responsive to all my concerns. He finished the exterior painting of my house on time and good quality and reasonable pricing. I was very happy with the job he did for me.
Eddie's Professional Painting corpEddie's Professional Painting corp
Ian M.
Eddie was fantastic. The job was completed on time and within budget. He is honest, very professional in his work, flexible and has tons of integrity. We are so happy we hired him. If you need any paint work done either interior or exterior, as we did, contact Eddie’s Painting. I promise you will not be disappointed..
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Jaime P.
Even though it was a small exterior painting job, it was done well. Alex was punctual, communicated what he would do, and how long it would take. I was surprised at his reasonable rates. I would certainly call him again.
Ky K.
Great team to work with and fast workers but average quality. A few months later a fair share of paint chips were visible that I had to personally touch up and numerous exterior sections of the house that were taped up were not removed.
Royal Sparta Painting Co.Royal Sparta Painting Co.
Ru S.
Phil and his team are very dedicated and responsive. We had hired them for the exterior painting of the house and they did a great job! They came on time, were respectful and worked meticulously. They delivered as planned as they had discussed before the start of the project with us. We are very happy with their work. Highly recommend them!
JP PaintingJP Painting
Connie D.
This review was first posted in Google.com on 8/15/21. Work Done: 8/11/2021 to 8/13/2021. We hired JP Painting San Diego to paint the exterior of our son's rental home. We selected JP among the other six bidders not only because their costs are more affordable and reasonable for us but also we were impressed by their overall proposal and resume. The owner of JP, Phil Perez, was very approachable, pleasant to talk with, and listened well to what our son wants accomplished especially the colors. Phil's experience in home exterior painting is worth noting, giving us valuable suggestions that helped us decide for a better outcome. He had two workers with him and they were all very thorough, efficient, knowledgeable, safety-conscious and kept the work area clean. The 1500 square footage home exterior job took them 3 days to complete as scheduled and the outcome was much better than what we expected. The home looks beautiful and new! I highly recommend JP Painting/Phil Perez. They are professionals! Additional Comment on 8/24/2021: On 8/13/2021, Phil asked my husband and me to inspect their work before they left that day. We did, but did not notice some paint mess at the bottom of the walls because it was already getting dark. We only noticed it a couple days later and called up Phil, who sent a crew right away and cleaned up the mess. Their responsiveness is worth mentioning, as well.
JP PaintingJP Painting
Craig D.
We recently found Ryan & Sons Home Painting on Thumbtack and after an initial chat with Ryan and a few calls to his references we made the decision to go with him to paint the exterior of our home. We are so happy we did.  We were taking a huge step going from an all-white house to a dark grey home, and we needed someone like Ryan to help us get there.   Aside from being a wonderful painter, he and his team were on time, courteous, clean, contentious, and overall, very nice people to have around. We were definitely particular and detailed about the painting and they were with us every step of the way to make sure we got what we wanted.   We are happy to give Ryan & Sons Home Painting five stars and would recommend them highly for your painting needs. We love, love, love our new color and are so happy with everything.   Pro Tip: Before you paint, in addition to colors be sure to pick out finish or “shine” as well.  Picking paint involves both.
Ryan's Home Painting Co.Ryan's Home Painting Co.
Jennifer C.
They were extremely responsive, came out quickly to assess the job (giving our old exterior white aluminum window trim a facelift by painting it black), and completed it the very next day. We were so happy with the job they did and would definitely hire them again for another paint job. I’m particularly OCD about preparation and ensuring the area is taped properly, walls are fully covered, etc., and I could quickly tell these two were professionals and knew what they were doing. Attention to detail is truly what sets painters apart, in my mind. Thank you!
S10 PaintingS10 Painting
Hong P.
Armando and Ricardo did a great job with our house exterior painting job. Everything was done professionally and diligently from all the prep work to finally painting the whole house. The quality work and attention to details made our house standout among our neighbors. The communication was straight forward and the job was done in a timely manner. The whole process was so easy and worry free for us as we have a five month old baby and a dog to take care of. Their price is more than reasonable as they do all the work themselves - you don’t pay for the middle man. We loved how this project turned out. It’s almost like we got a new house. We would recommend them to anyone who’s looking to refresh old paint or just want a new look for their home.
A&R Profesional PaintingA&R Profesional Painting
Gonzalo G.
Hector and his Crew did a Great Job on my House, they Painted All my Exterior ,Gazebo and Pergola. Excellent Workmanship, Professional and Good Value! They would Always be here On Time and and they made sure everything was Done Right and that I was satisfied with their Work! Finally they do a walk thru to inspect All work done As promised. And that way we both were Happy!! I would definitely use and recommend A’s Precision Coatings in The Future!! Support Our Local Businesses!!!
A's Precision Coatings, Inc.A's Precision Coatings, Inc.
Liam L.
Eddie and his team provided exterior painting for our house to refresh the look of our home. Eddie was responsive as he was the first to provide an estimate. He provided a thorough examination of our house and provided a highly competitive quote. His work itself was of high quality as he and his team showed up on time to start work everyday to finish the project on time and really listened to our requests. We’d highly recommend Eddie and his team to everyone!
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La M.
Mario is highly skilled at what he does, and he's very affordable and also well resourced and networked. Plus, he comes with a great number of ideas to help you think through what you really want with a project. I appreciated that. In addition to painting, he can help you with yardwork, landscaping and small construction projects. We hired him to paint the entire exterior of the house and also hired him for clearing out our entire front yard. We are also considering him for a job that involves a wood covering in the back. I will say that, without a doubt, we are extremely impressed with the look of the yard and the house. See the before and after photos. Other contractors have even complemented his work! He was also very accommodating when were trying to choose the colors, bringing color samples and a block of color slides to help us decide. I only saw two issues with Mario: my Spanish is terrible and his English is not very proficient, so we had some communications issues. Also, he was behind schedule on the painting job and wasn't forthcoming in explaining his exact needs or a precise timeline to finish the job on time. In the end, the house looks amazing, though. Great improvement. So, despite the difficulties, I would still go back in time to hire him.
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