Why is painting so expensive?

Painting like everything else is expensive. We realize that. In the last 20 years, what we have to pay out in labor has doubled. The cost of paint has increased about $20 per gallon, out of which $6 only during this past year. Insurance for a business is astronomical. So you are absolutely right, it is expensive. But not when you look at the cost of painting compared to carpeting, fabric, etc. at about $25 to $50 per square foot compared to painting at about $1 to $2 per square foot, it doesn’t seem too bad.