Paint Calculator: How much paint do I need?

Calculating the amount of paint you need depends on the size of the area you want to paint and the type of paint you plan to use. Here’s a formula you can use to estimate the amount of paint you’ll need:

  1. Calculate the square footage of the area you want to paint:Measure the length and height of each wall or surface you want to paint, then multiply the length by the height to get the square footage. Add up the square footage of all the surfaces to get the total square footage.
  2. Determine the coverage of the paint you plan to use:Check the label on the paint can to find the coverage rate, which is usually listed in square feet per gallon.
  3. Divide the total square footage by the coverage rate:Divide the total square footage by the coverage rate to determine how many gallons of paint you need.For example, if you have a room that is 12 feet wide, 10 feet long, and 8 feet high, the total square footage of the walls and ceiling would be 408 square feet (12x8x2 + 10x8x2). If your paint can says it covers 350 square feet per gallon, you would need approximately 1.17 gallons of paint (408 / 350 = 1.17).

Note: This formula is just an estimate, and the actual amount of paint you need may vary depending on factors such as the porosity of the surface, the color of the paint, and the number of coats you plan to apply. It’s always a good idea to buy a little extra paint just in case.

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