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How many square feet does 1 gallon of paint cover?

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Posted by: from Calgary
2/17/2015 at 7:21:37 PM

Trying to estimate how mush paint I need for 2 coats in my basement.

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Date/Time2/17/2015 at 8:34:48 PM

About 300 to 350 sq ft depending on the quality of paint.

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Date/Time2/17/2015 at 9:11:02 PM

Hi Don,

1 gallon of paint would cover up to 400 square foot with one coat and good quality paint.

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Andrew from DNA Pool Services in Brampton
Date/Time2/17/2015 at 10:07:14 PM

You are looking at about 330sq.ft. per gallon. With good quality paint.

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Don in Calgary
Date/Time2/18/2015 at 5:08:43 PM

Thanks guys.

Just so I'm clear, an 800sqft room would need roughly 5 cans of paint for 2 coats?!?

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Date/Time2/19/2015 at 12:39:37 AM

It would be between 4 and 5 gallons, unless the space is broken up into rooms then it would be more. Though you can stretch out the paint if you use a 13 mm micro-fibre roller sleeve, instead of the usual synthetic type. It will cost just a bit more and it rolls the paint on smoother as well. Looks better and less effort. You can get them at Home Depot or any paint store. Also, using a quality paint helps, at least a mid grade in a well known brand.

Hope this is helpful. Happy painting!

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