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Painters, Strippers and Stainers July 24, 2014 at 11:23 am

Moldings/doors paint stripping

Good morning, folks -
would appreciate if someone could give some recommendations for paint stripping/woodworking place. I have about 8 original doors that were painted on 1 side only as well as moldings that were painted white. I’d like to strip the paint and have them restained. Can anyone recommend a place with reasonable prices? thanks!

Painters, Strippers and Stainers June 27, 2014 at 1:05 am

Metal or powder coating

This is my first post in the forum and I don’t know if this is the right place to ask this question, but I am asking this anyway. What will be the best kind of coating for a pipeline system, metal coating or powder coating. Can anyone here advice?

Thanks in advance…

Painters, Strippers and Stainers January 27, 2014 at 10:07 am

Painter recommendation

I want to give a strong recommendation for a house painter to
JOSE – (347) 458-4173

I mentioned him some time ago on this forum, and I think others here have used him as well.

He painted my entire brownstone when I lived in PLG. He is punctual,meticulous,neat,
reliable and extremely nice. Always appreciates the work. His rates are very reasonable. You buy the paint and supplies.

His English is very limited, however when he comes over to look at the job, it’s fairly easy to communicate with him what needs to be done.

Tell him Jeff referred him.

Painters, Strippers and Stainers May 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Paint booth facility for cabinet doors

Does anyone know where I can get my kitchen cabinet doors professionally spray painted?

Painters, Strippers and Stainers April 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

How much should I pay to have staircase stripped and stained

Hi Guys,
I am looking to have my original oak staircase srtipped and stained. What cost would I be looking at to have this done. One person quoted me 10k which I think is a little high.
Thanks in advance

Painters, Strippers and Stainers August 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

how do you restore the finish of wainscoting?

We are buying a brownstone with tons of original wainscoting.  Its dry and fading.  How do you restore the finish properly?

Painters, Strippers and Stainers August 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Why such discrepant wallpapering estimates?

I have a wallpapering job that I am in the process of getting estimates for. It is a straightforward job because it is just one wall, and the building is new, so the wall is in good condition. So far I have received 2 estimates, but they are wildly different. The cheaper one can start soon, but I’d have to wait a month for the more expensive one. They are both insured. The cheaper one has pics on a website showing before & afters that look good. The expensive one came from a recommendation on the brownstoner forum. Anything that I am overlooking? How can there be such a big differerence?

Painters, Strippers and Stainers July 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

cheap painter recommendations

Hi all – my tenants are vacating and I am looking for recommendations for an affordable painter/day laborer. Uncomplicated job of applying a single coat to a 600 sq ft apartment. Thanks.

Painters, Strippers and Stainers May 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

stripping floor molding that may have lead

I just bought a 1950s coop unit, and need to replace the floor molding.  It’s nothing special, but it’s ugly and broken in a few places.  But I am concerned about the possible presence of lead in the underlying paint layers (3 year old will live in the new  unit).
Can any ordinary painter remove the molding in a way that minimizes lead dust?  Do I have to hire someone special to do this?  I am on a budget, so don’t want to act like my apartment is a superfund site, but at the same time I don’t want to create hazards for my kid. 
Advice? Thanks.

Painters, Strippers and Stainers March 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

Recommendation for Painter/Contractor- Russell Weyl 917-612-4006

I just wanted to take a few minutes to recommend Unique finishes, the company we just used to paint our new apartment. We previously used them 9 years ago, and then used them again recently when we moved. The paint job they did 9 years ago is still looking great, by the way. 
Unique finishes is run by Russell Weyl.  The paint job was top notch, the work clean and finsihed quickly, and Russell was a pleasure to work with.  Prices were also very reasonable. Russell was professional, prompt, and helpful in narrowing down colors and making choices about molding and trim, etc.   He even offered to do some childproofing for us, reconfigued a closet and cleaned out jacuzzi jets. In addition to painting, they also specialize in wall paper hanging, and specialized wall finishes. 
Russell has recently partnered with his friend who runs DC contracting.  They are a full service construction company.  They recently renovated my sister’s apartment– redoing the wood floors, painting, fixing kitchen cabinets, etc.  Work was excellent and the apartment looks great.
The work is top notch and they are a pleasure to work with.
Contact Russell Weyl for both Unique finishes and DC contracting:
(917) 612-4006  or
I have no affiliation, other than being a happy customer who wanted to spread the word.

Painters, Strippers and Stainers December 4, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Recommendation for Paint Stripping, Shutter Restoration and/or Lead Abatement

If you are looking into stripping and/or restoring your historic woodwork, you should seriously consider hiring Gerald LaStarza, of Brooklyn Modern.  (; After our kid tested with slightly elevated blood lead levels, we knew we had to get our shutters, moldings, and front door stripped and stained or repainted.  We needed to make sure the work was done so as to minimize and contain any lead paint disruption, but given the cost we also needed to make sure the results would look great. 
I found Gerald after looking through very mixed reviews of some of the more well-known paint stripping companies, which all told me we’d need to leave the house for 6 weeks in order to do the project safely.  Over the course of several months during which we decided what we wanted to do, how to do it safely, and confirmed a budget, Gerald walked us through our options, gave us authoritative input on what would look the best, responded to all of our questions, and worked with us to enable us to do the project right and on the timeline we needed.  The final scope of work consisted of restoring a door and shutters and historic casements (for 7 windows) that could be removed and stripped offsite, while replicating panels, stops and sills that had degraded too much and couldn’t be stripped offsite as easily.  We repainted everything except the door and shutters, which we took back to a dark brown with a gel stain to cover lots of dings and repairs.  We left the house for 2 weeks while everything was taken offsite, stripped, primed or sealed and reinstalled, and the house cleaned.  All work was done to EPA standards.  The finish work and punch list took a long time – about six weeks – but that included a few change orders.    
The final product looks really amazing – particularly our shutters and door, which now all function and look lovely – and Gerald worked tirelessly and creatively with our budget and time constraints (kids naptimes, etc.).  He likes to help his clients even when the problems are far out of scope; he even shop vac’ed out our cellar when Irene wasn’t very kind to us!  He’s very responsive by email and on cell, and is great at sending photos so you know exactly what’s going on and can understand your choices.  He’s also just a really nice person.  The only demerit I had to give on the project is that Gerald’s team could have been a little more careful in both their prep and finish work to avoid collateral damage to the floor and walls that seemed unnecessary- this was a bummer after the rest of the work turned out so nicely, and led to a longer punchlist than we had expected.  Still, I highly recommend Gerald and would be happy to answer any questions about his work or the lead abatement stuff in general.  (Note: Gerald also does custom cabinetry, but it is much cooler than what we needed or could afford to do, so I can’t speak to that.  But Gerald is definitely an artist and we took great comfort in his understanding that we wanted to respect the modest nature the woodwork we had but also elevate it to a cleaner and better place!) 

Painters, Strippers and Stainers November 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm


We just finished a moderately sized refreshing of our apartment which involved scraping and patching of exposed brick walls in prepartion for repainting along with repair of existing sheet-rock and replacement of kitchen cabinet doors, counter top and appliances.  We used Nick Colt for the painting and wall work and Bob Mason for the kitchen cabinet doors.  Both guys were great to work with, very reasonably priced and did quality work while sticking to their schedule.  Even though the job was relatively minor Nick and his crew tackled it with an interest and sensitivity to their work which made one feel in good hands. 

Painters, Strippers and Stainers October 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Painting recommendation

We would like to recommend Gordon Voisey whose name we found on  Brownstoner.  He is low-key, extremly pleasant, very competent and reliable .If that weren’t enough, his prices are also quite reasonable. He  managed to get our coop painted  in the brief window we had between closing  and having to  move from our rental. .

Painters, Strippers and Stainers September 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Pricing for an 900 Sq APT to paint

I was wondering the price to paint a 900 SQ APT .
Or what it will cost by the hour .
Or for the all APT.

Painters, Strippers and Stainers August 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Great House Painter

I want to give a recommendation after finishing painting 2 floors of our house. We had a great experience with a guy who worked alone (can come with someone else if necessary) He does excellent work; installing medallions,  plastering and caulking everything and doing a very thorough neat paint job. He worked for me for a very reasonable day rate, and I supplied all paint and materials. He is very nice, punctual, neat and trustworthy. His English is limited but does not hinder his ability to understand what our needs were.

He also does framing, sheetrocking etc, though we only using him for painting and plaster work,

Jose – 347-458-4173

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