The four components of exterior painting includes:
Exterior Doors/ Shutters
A three-color paint scheme is fairly typical. One for doors/shutters, one for trim and and one for siding. Wood decks and porches will generally be painted or stained a color that matched one of the other colors used.
The cost of painting these components will vary based on several factors:
Prep Work Required
Size of Project (Square Footage)
Number of Coats of Paint
Complexity of Project (Intricacy of Detail)
Difficulty of Project (Heights or Difficult to Reach Locations)
Type of Paint Required/Used
The most commonly ignored variable is the prep work. The amount of preparation required prior to painting can literally double the cost of the project. Preparation may involve things such as: pressure washing, caulking siding joints and seams, scraping old paint, caulking nail holes, etc.
Below are general figures that will factor into exterior paint pricing. Don’t use this as a direct pricing formula, but this should give you some idea of the costs:
A typical mid-grade quality paint will cost about $20-$40 per gallon.
Materials will cost about 20% of the total cost of the project.
Prep work will generally add between 50-150% of the cost of the project, depending on how much work is needed prior to painting.
Due to the intricacies involved, painting trim will generally cost about 50% more than painting siding.
Hand brushing will generally add 25% or more to the cost versus spraying. (Hand brushing provides a longer lasting paint finish.)
One coat of paint is typically enough for the exterior but, if you are going from a very dark to a very light color (or vice-versa), you may need two coats of paint or a coat of primer prior to painting.
An extra coat of paint will generally add 25% or more to the project cost.
Prices are generally lower between October and March when fewer people are considering exterior painting and painting contractors have lighter schedules.