301 4th Street NE
Devils Lake, ND 58301
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|How much Paint do I need?
It's a good starting point to get an idea of how much paint you'll need before you begin
any paint project. Take a handful of measurements to get a fairly accurate idea of how
much paint is needed.
If you prefer not to do this on your own, don't worry.
Contact customer service at 1-800-726-8014 and we will help you
with this part of the painting process.
With that said...here's how to figure it:
Calculate square footage - The first step to figuring out how much paint is needed is to
determine how much square footage you'll be covering. To do this, multiply the width of
the room by its length. For example, if the room is 10' in width and 12' in length, your
formula would look like this:10 x 12 = 120 square feet.
Figure deductions - If the room has windows and doors, further calculations are needed.
Subtract 21 square feet from this total for each door, and 15 square feet for each
window. This will give you to adjusted square footage. If your painting a bathroom with
only one door, for example, your formula would look like this:
10 x 12 - 120 - 21 = 99 square feet.
A rule of thumb - When you look at a gallon of paint, most will give you an idea of how the
square footage it will cover. On average, a gallon of Benjamin Moore paint will cover 350
square feet for one-coat coverage.
If you're covering over a dark surface, though, you will need to apply two coats, which will
double how much paint is needed.
Its a good idea to purchase a bit more paint than you actually need. This will not only give
you a little extra for touch-ups, but will also prevent emergency trips to the store in the
event you run out.
Exceptions - When working with textured paint, this rule of thumb changes slightly.
Typically, a gallon of textured paint will only cover 150-300 square feet.
Keep this in mind when using textured paint for covering damaged walls or faux finishing.