With the inside painting and trim work of the house pretty much finished, we've decided we'd better get the outside done before the weather turns cold and wet. So....we've been looking at tons of paint color guides and magazines, trying to decide on the color. We think that the current color is just a bit too "cottage cream", and are thinking of something a bit different. We're also debating changing the trim color from dark green to white.
Here's what it looks like now.
The north side
The south side
As you can see, the front is almost all brick and the sides have few windows. The back has several windows and the pergola.
We got a bid from a company that did one of our neighbors house. They did a very good job, but the bid we got was too high, IMO, especially for the pergola. They wanted $500 to pressure wash it and $1440 to paint! I figure I could probably buy material and build/install a brand new one for that...
The house bid was $675 to power wash and $4300 to paint, including trim and doors.
I figured that since I already have a nice power washer, 2 Werner aluminum ladders that also fold to make a scaffold stand, a 9' Werner scaffold extendable platform, all I needed was a sprayer. For $7,500 (cost + tax), I could get a nice airless sprayer and high quality paint and still save several thousands. So, after quite a bit of research, and visits to the local box stores and then my paint store, I ended up getting this sprayer....
It's a Graco Ultra 395. My paint store had them on a special October sale for $879 (regular discount price is $1010). Graco just came out with a New Contractor gun that has quite a few improvements over the "Contractor II" model currently included with the pump package. All the new literature shows the "New" gun included, but they are still shipping the remaining sets with the older gun. My paint store had the New gun, sold by itself for $189, so agreed to switch out the gun. The New gun also came with a special promotion...2 extra RAC X tips that normally sell for about $30 each!
So I got the pump, 50' of hose, the New gun and a total of 3 tips for $879. I've studying about spraying on several painting forums, and the information available on the Graco website, but would like to hear from members on their actual experience.