How to Determine the Needed Amount of Paint

Since there are many options for paint equipment, such as airless spray gun, electric spray gun, rolling paint brush and many others that can be used, deciding what kind of tools that want to be used may become the first thing to do. After deciding the equipment, the next step, which also matters most is determining how many paint can that someone may need as if someone buy too little they run the risk that the paint won’t be an exact match when they buy that additional gallon and when someone buys too much it will be wasted in vain. In this sense, people need to know how to calculate paint cans that they may need. Followed article provides some tips to measure the need of paint.

  1. Find out the width and height of the first wall in your room. After that, multiple the nominal to calculate the wall’s square footage.
  1. Do the same thing to the rest of the walls to find out the square footage of each wall. Moreover, if you want to paint the ceiling the same color with the walls, you may need to measure the length and width of the ceiling and calculate its square footage also.
  1. Sum the total numbers to get the total amounts of the area which wants to be painted. Round up to the nearest 100. If you desire of having two coats of paint, multiply the total numbers by 2. For instance, if you have the total amount of the room for about 350 square feet to paint, your final square footage will be 700.
  1. The last step, look at the label of the paint can to find out how many square feet its content will cover. The ability of the tint to cover the wall depends on the paint product and the texture of the wall, but mostly range from 200 to 400 square feet. Divide your final amount of square footage with the number of the paint to get how many cans of paint that you may need. For example, if your amount of wall’s square footage is 400 square feet and wants to have three coatings, and a gallon of paint can cover 400 square feet. Then, you may need to buy 3 cans.



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