By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to change even the most ordinary garage. To make short work of the job, consider spraying on the paint instead of brushing or rolling it. The open expanse of wood siding on a one-story garage is the perfect target for a paint sprayer because there's little masking needed, often the most time-consuming phase of the job.
Finding a paint contractor for such a small job may be difficult. If you're successful, they'll charge almost $1,154 to spray paint a typical one-story, two-car garage, but you can do the job for $225, the cost of the paint and primer and renting an airless sprayer. You'll also need a paintbrush, wide masking tape, drop cloths, hand scraper, sandpaper, garden hose and ladder.
The project involves preparing the siding, which can be as simple as giving it a quick spray from a garden hose, to scraping and sanding any chipped or damaged surfaces. Lay down drop cloths to protect any shrubbery or plantings around the garage from scraped off paint chips. Protect any trim with wide masking tape, then prime any bare wood or repaired areas. Sand the areas so they're smooth and you're ready to paint.
When you're at the rental center, ask for directions to operate the sprayer, especially the adjustable nozzle.
When you’re choosing an exterior paint color for the siding of a garage or house remember it will appear a shade or two darker or more intense than it appears on the paint chart. A color on a large broad expense of siding is bolder and more vibrant than it is on the small sample.
Portland Compressor has information about operating a paint sprayer Airless Paint Sprayer Troubleshooting Guide.
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That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to spray paint a garage lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020