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Galaxy Painting & Decorating

2507 Ennalls Ave Unit 202
Wheaton, MD 20902301-530-2600

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John Maroulis Painting

11503 Taber St
Wheaton, MD 20902301-649-1097

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Bethesda Custom Painting

1417 Glenallan Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902301-942-2277

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Juan Melendez

Wheaton, MD 20902240-645-2663

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Miranda Enterprises

Wheaton, MD 20902240-460-2737

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Methods and Limitations

A good painting contractor will produce better results than most DIYers—and finish faster. But because they don't have to pay for their own labor, lots of homeowners grab rollers and brushes. Before taking the painting plunge, consider the following.

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You’ll want to do your shopping at stores where you can get good advice, good selection, quality installation services, and honest business practices—at reasonable prices.

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For many types and brands of window treatments, it really pays to shop around. We report here costs quoted to Checkbook’s undercover shoppers when they sought prices for several types of window treatments at a sampling of local stores and online outlets.