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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- College Works Painting was a great internship experience that involves running your own business. It taught me many skills that helped further my career in Chicago.
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ST. ANN, MISSOURI -- In 2009 I hired [snip]to re glaze my bath tub. The product featured a 5 year warranty with some restrictions. Within 2 years the product began to peel and chip. After getting in touch with [snip]he offered to fix a defective product by charging me $75. He claimed the damage was my fault and strongly defended his point of view as an owner operator. I have filed a complaint with the BBB.

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Alain on 07/18/2012:
Since the BBB has no enforcement power, I'd suggest you also file a complaint with the Missouri consumer protection agency at and at
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College Works- Bad bad choice for a Paint job
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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI -- Without the doubt, the absolute worst choice one can make for an exterior paint job.

We hired College works for an external paint job and the entire ordeal was a debockle. There was little to no prep work done (the most important aspect of an exterior paint job) and paint everywhere! It was a real mess.

Fortunately we halted the work before it was finished and hired a new painting (Experienced) company to start all over again (which was a must). Every painter that bid on our house was appalled at the little to no prep work (poor powerwashing, no caulking, very little to no sanding) done on our house, which is over 100 yrs old. The amount of paint everywhere was also troubling- driveway, brick work, garage door, the roof, everywhere. I don't think a drop cloth was ever used.

The kids that were doing the work, were polite, however they received little to no guidance on how to do their job. I felt bad that these kids were not even provided the basic skills at painting.

I highly advise for anyone needing an exterior paint job- to look elsewhere or you will be repainting your house in a couple years.

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bargod on 07/07/2009:
Sounds like you needed a professional job done for a 100yr old house. Not sure why you expected that from college kids. I'm sure theyr'e a adaquete company if you want your garage or fence painted, but a 100yr old house?
BokiBean on 07/07/2009:
Times are tough, bargod. People try to cut corners any way possible. You should see some of these gorgeous old mansions down on Government St. here...people are painting the front and leaving the sides and back unpainted.
bargod on 07/07/2009:
Exactly, this person was trying to save a buck and it backfired. You hire semi-professionals for a professional job and that's what you get.
BokiBean on 07/07/2009:
Even professionals are "iffy" sometimes..I've know a few. :D
bargod on 07/07/2009:
Very true.
BokiBean on 07/07/2009:
I know amateurs suck..I painted the trim on my house myself. :D
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College Students Perform A Great Painting Service
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RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CALIFORNIA -- College Works Painting did an AWESOME job of painting my summer home. Their students were courteous and paid attention to the smallest detail. Their pricing was hundreds lower than the local contractors.

The last time I hired a high-priced contractor, it took weeks before he even got STARTED. 2 of the contractors that were supposed to come to my house and give me an estimate and never showed or called again. College Works Painting showed up when they said they would, called when they said they would and did the job that they promised for the same money as the 'one coat latex' jobs the other guys were trying to pitch.

I've seen some others arguing that these students are under trained and only have a couple years of hands on experience, sheesh folks, it's not about how you work your wrist with the paintbrush, its about how much the painter cares about the job he does. These students paid attention to details and surpassed my expectations by far.

Thanks College Works Painting, I will use you again and refer my friends and family!
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GothicSmurf on 11/28/2007:
I love reading reviews like this! VH!
sarahnkrystal on 11/28/2007:
Sounds like you had a wonderful experience. Thank you for sharing (VH)
jenjenn on 11/28/2007:
That's awesome! I wish I had known this when I had my place painted. I hired a "professional." He was terrible & did a terrible job. Because we negotiated the price, he had the nerve to say, "You get what you pay for!" I sure did too. :( Apparently he forgot he AGREED to it...and I had it in writing.
Dcasalena on 12/03/2007:
I have a strong belief this was posted by an employee of the company. First College Works Painting painters get most of their business by going door-to-door in February through April, but don't start painting houses till June. If this person had a problem with a professional that couldn't start for 2 weeks, why would they hire College Works Painting who wouldn't be able to start for at least 3 months?
Second, because these students get business by knocking on doors, either this person was at their "vacation home" in the months af February through April, or else the painter came to their working home. If the student came to their working home, that painter wouldn't then travel to the person's "vacation home" to paint because the students are assigned no more than a few neighboring towns as their territory. Of course this person could vacation in the next town over, but I smell something very fishy about this review.
koskijus on 12/10/2007:
CWP painted my house. It looks great. I referred them to my neighbors and they did his house too. We are both happy with the work. The manager in charge was more than capable. it is just house painting!
Dcasalena on 12/10/2007:
koskijus who posted the comment just above this one is Justin Koski, executive vice president of College Works Painting. He is not the customer he says he is. He represents the kind of fraudulent people running this company.
From the College Works Painting site to prove he is not a customer who was happy with a paint job:
Justin Koski
Executive Vice President
Justin Koski is a Michigan native who graduated with a Marketing degree from the Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University. Justin started off as a student manager his Sophomore year at MSU for CWP and has continued to be a top-performer at every level of the company. As a VP in Michigan he has led his team to become one of the largest divisions in the nation and his role as an Executive VP has become a passion as he runs national trainings and mentors other division heads and executive teams to excellence.

koskijus on 12/12/2007:
Again, I did not say I was a client Dominic! Simply relaying excerpts from reference letters that are available on our website at Here are a few more'

"College Works painted my home this past summer and I can't tell you how happy I am with the work. The amount of care put into the job was amazing to me. I would recommend them to anyone who is getting painting done."

-Derek Lawson, Ada, Michigan
koskijus on 12/12/2007:
"The crew was professional and cleaned up after themselves. We have had our house painted three times in 16 years of living in our 1960's split level and the job Bridget and her crew did was BY FAR the best. The other painters spent three days at our house and Bridget spent five. They primed and rolled all the siding on the front and it looks great. The trim color is fabulous and Bridget was very patient with us when trying out colors. Thanks to Bridget, her crew and College Works we have the nicest looking house on the block."

Marcy Ryan - Clarkston, Michigan
Linda64 on 12/28/2007:
All I can say is that anyone that hasn't had a problem with College Works Painting is very lucky. We had our house painted this past summer and had to fight every step of the way to get things done right and to have the messes they left behind cleaned up. The prep work was horrible, the paint job was a disaster and it was obvious the painters had never been trained. They even threw razor blades on the ground in our backyard after scraping their paint off of our windows and poured paint directly into our trash cans. It was a nightmare and one we never plan to repeat. By the way this was College Works Painting in the Southern California area.
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Worst Paint Job Ever
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- I had College Works paint my house last year and it was unprofessional, poorly done, sloppy and they left my home a mess. I complained several times; they sent out one service person to verify yet the fix-it painters never came. Sent several pictures to a company executive who told me it was "the worst paint job I've ever seen by any company." Yet they've never made it up, made repairs, finished cleaning--and now the original job is already peeling and nailheads are showing through.

They are all talk, no action and did a wholly unprofessional job for a professional price.

Here are some example photos:

College Works painters - overspray College Works Painters - Poor quality 1 Poor paint job 2
Poor paint job 3 Oil stained field stone Bad window painting job
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Frenchie on 09/25/2007:
That's what you get when you hire college kids to do your painting. They just don't know how. I know for my family has been in the painting business for a hundred years. You probably got a lower price and snow job than from a legitimate paint contractor. Truthfully I have no sympathy.
Anonymous on 09/25/2007:
I have to agree with Frenchie. When it comes to things like having your house painted, it's better to pay more for a quality, long lasting job then a cheap, shabby job, as you have found out.
Sparticus on 09/26/2007:
I worked for one of these outfits when I was in college... I felt bad for the first few homes we did since most of us where trainees and had no real painting experience. They taught us the basics in a 2 hour class and then we were basically expected to paint houses like we'd been doing it for years.
Jop on 09/26/2007:
I know how you feel. I hired the most expensive contractor in the area because I was told I would get a first class paint job. The owner came out and painted for about 30 minutes then turned the job over to Arturo, I think a newcomer from Mexico. The contractor admitted he was being paid 10 bucks an hour. The job cost me about 75 to 80 bucks an hour and I paid for the paint. My job looks about like yours. I doubt I will ever see any of them again.
jenjenn on 09/26/2007:
I hired a contractor to paint my condo. He had good references, so I didn't think much of it. We did negotiate the price, but this was something he agreed to & was paid accordingly. He did a half azz job and basically said, "You get what you pay for." Sorry - HE was the one to agree to the lower price, but I ended up paying the price because he did a terrible job. If I wanted it to look unprofessional, I could have done it myself...for free!!! Live and learn...that's for sure!
moneybags on 09/26/2007:
Call a well-known realtor/real estate company in your city and ask for references for a painter. If anyone has experience with good painters, it's realtors. Or call a local paint store. They have names of good painters, too.
s.z. on 07/07/2012:
from a one man painting operator - I don't hire workers any more because the whole field is saturated with illegals that work cheap $10 hr more of less -cash - no taxes - plus they don't know what they are doing - if you are going to spend a good sum of money then call their previous jobs - call the insurance company make sure it is up to date - if they drop off workers make sure they look like they know what they are doing or stop the job - make them put in writing all details of job including end date - instead of 3 large payments , pay as job progresses , do a background check on the internet to make sure you are not hiring a criminal including workers - and the list goes on - hire American workers - its good for the economy
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