How much paint do I need?
Be sure to utilize our Paint
Gallon Calculator in the Project Planner section to help
you determine how many cans to buy for your next project.
To achieve one-coat coverage, paint should be applied at a
maximum of 400 square feet per gallon. Rough or textured
surfaces may require more paint. On these areas allow for
25-30 square feet per gallon. Some bright colors may
require multiple costs to achieve sufficient hide.
Can I paint over aluminum/vinyl siding?
Do I need to wash my house before I paint?
How do I apply the paint?
How do I paint shingles & shakes?
How do I care for freshly painted surfaces?
I have never painted the exterior of my
What conditions are best for painting my
What tools do I need?
What is the proper way to use spray
Painting tips & tricks of
preparation before painting
When we paint wood, we're decorating it, but we can also
protect it for good if the surface is prepared properly. New
wood must be sanded along the grain. Painted or stained wood
as well, unless you strip it down to its bare surface.
Pores, screw and nail holes can be filled with plastic wood
or joint compound, according to the case. Remove all
accessories to minimize trimming. Paint over knots with
orange shellac to hide them forever. Finally, be sure that
the wood is dry and clean.
Painting old moldings
Over the years and after many coats of paint, door frames,
windows and wall molding joints are no longer well defined
and easy to trim. Carefully trace over the joints with a
plasterboard knife using a yardstick if necessary. The
traced cut will act as a paint dam? as long as you don't use