buy own paint or let painter supply?

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  1. Alwayslearning

    Alwayslearning Active Member

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    Hallo All,

    Just wondering what the consensus was on supplying paint to painter, or letting them buy it for you.
    Has anyone thought they made good savings by supplying their own paint?

    I've got a painter booked in to repaint a 4 bedroom house IP, just a simple white all through.

    He is happy to be supplied with or supply...

    Cheers,
     
  2. Jamie Moore

    Jamie Moore MORTGAGE BROKER - AUSTRALIA WIDE Business Member

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    I would have thought the painter could get a better deal.....but could be wrong.

    Cheers

    Jamie
     
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  3. D.T.

    D.T. Specialist Property Manager Business Member

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    Painters will generally get it cheaper as they'll have an account with the local stores.
     
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  4. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    Even with markup they will be cheaper to supply than buying at Bunnings yourself.

    Anyone remember the guy here wanting to ration the paint and take 10L a day to site to be sure the painters were doing the correct number of coats
     
  5. Paul@PFI

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    Thats tight
     
  6. D.T.

    D.T. Specialist Property Manager Business Member

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    Yeah, not sure if he came back after that lol
     
  7. dabbler

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    Supply your own, that way you can save 20 bucks and give the painter and out when it peels.
     
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    I supplied my own but that's because I have a mate who owns a paint company. Painters generally have trade accounts to get paint at a much cheaper rate than say Bunnings... they can also get bulk discounts if they buy large amounts (depending on the painter/company).
     
  9. kierank

    kierank Well-Known Member

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    I let my painter supply the paint.

    I am too lazy to work out how much is needed, then purchase it, then deliver it to site as needed, then take it back to store when there is an issue with it, ...
     
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  10. mikey7

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    I'd say depends on what they charge for it, and what you can get it for.
    Last I checked, Mitre10 was selling Wattyl paint for close to $60/4L. I can get it for $29/4L.

    If you're saving 'a couple hundred' sourcing it yourself - don't bother; get them to provide it. Depends on the size of the job, how much paint is required, and difference between the costs.

    We've never hired a painter, so have always sourced it ourselves.
     
  11. Lawrence Barnes

    Lawrence Barnes Well-Known Member

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    I suspect the money you are probably spending on paying the painter far out ways how much the paint is going to cost you. Best option buy the paint yourself and do the job yourself, will save you heaps. Painting is a rip off nowadays and one of the few jobs you can easily do yourself.
     
  12. Simon L

    Simon L Investment Property Buyers Agent Business Member

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    Where I find you can save money is how they paint. If you are planning to sell, just do a simple prep, tape up anything that can't be painted and use a spray gun to spray everything white. The labour you save might get you some nice new floors as well since its likely they will need replacing after painting this way lol
     
  13. Momentum

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    I supply my own so I can be sure its good quality, usually I'm tinting a base usingTaubmans trade line. Some dodgy painters will use rubbish quality paint if they want to make extra money out of the job.
     
  14. Lizzie

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    Depends entirely on your job. We had a new owner builder house build and got the painters through before the fittings (architraves, light fittings, switches etc) when own.

    Mainly 'cause I hate doing ceilings, and they were 3m cathedral ceilings. Cost for entire 240sqm house was $6,000 including quality paint and 3 coats (including final coat being rolled) done in 2 days. Worth every cent