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Figuring Paint Coverage


If we had a Walmart, Home Depot or Lowe's less than 40 miles from us, I wouldn't be asking this question. 

However, we live in BFB and, at the price of gas these days, I try to keep the trips to Wallyworld/ETC to a minimum.

Question: does anyone have a decent conversion factor for figuring the approx gallons for coverage of exterior latex enamel put on previously painted T-111 siding with a roller and brush?  Or is this a stupid question???

hope everyone is having a decent weekend,
mello


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the coverage will range from 300 to 350 s.f. per gallon on the can.i allways go with 250.it seems it allways takes more to give it good coat of paint.a rough textured surface will take evem motr paint.

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geezer69 wrote:

the coverage will range from 300 to 350 s.f. per gallon on the can.i allways go with 250.it seems it allways takes more to give it good coat of paint.a rough textured surface will take evem motr paint.



The garage is basically 19x22x8 and the soffit is 2x100 - - so using your 250 sf/gal, I should be ok with 4 gallons - - - right?

I'll buy 2 gallons of the darker trim color for the facia and trim around the doors and windows even tho 1 gallon would probably do it.

Thanks, Geez,
mello



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Here's another question - - - I've seen guys use a roller out of a 5 gallon bucket and NOT use a roller pan - - - "How practical is that?"

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I've seen that too....drives me nuts. I can't see how a fella can do a nice neat job with that method. I've never done it, but I would think a person would tend to waste paint that way too.
There's no point to my sayin' so, but Geezer's answer for coverage is exactly the way I figure it too.

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you can roll out of a 5 gallon bucket ok you just need a little roller screen that hooks on the side of the bucket. you'll need another bucket too, you only need about 1/3 of a bucket at a time. it is a pain either way, i'd just go with the pan for what you need to do.it does take a little practice with a 5 gallon bucket.

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*The reason the pro's use a 5 gallon bucket is because it works better outside. The paint store sells a screen that you put in the bucket to remove excess paint. You can also get a bucket hook for your bucket so that you can take your bucket up the ladder with you. You can't take a tray up a ladder.

*When you are determining square footage, you need to know the brand of paint you will be using and either check the manufacturers website or call the store to find out what a gallon covers. This is called the spread rate. For t11 siding, you would go with the lowest number of sq feet.

* You also want to make sure that you actuallly want paint. Most T11 siding is STAINED, not PAINTED. It may look like paint, but it is probably a solid latex stain. Take a sample to the paint store, the clerk should be able to tell you if it is paint or stain.

* For more information, stop by our website http://www.reillypainting.com/




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