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Paint Coverage

How much paint will I need? This is a common question whether you're thinking about changing a colour scheme or simply giving a room a new lease of life.

The amount of paint needed will vary according to the surface on to which you are painting. Very absorbent surfaces or heavy textures may require more. Changing the colour may also require more than one coat, especially if you are going from a dark colour to a light colour.

Paint coverage and drying times

These figures are a guide to the amount of paint needed on a normally absorbent surface.

Paint Coverage
Area covered by 1 litre of paint
Matt Emulsion 12.5-16 sq m
Silk Emulsion 11-16 sq m
Eggshell 15-16 sq m
Gloss 15-16 sq m

 

What can be used where and how long to dry?

Finishes Emulsion Paint Solvent Based Undercoat Paint Primer Textured Coating
Suitable For          
Plaster Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wallpaper Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Painted Surfaces Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brick Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Drying Time Hrs          
Touch Dry 1-2 4 4 1/2 6
Re-coatable 4 16 16 2 24-36
Solvents          
Water Yes       Yes
White Spirits   Yes Yes Yes  
Number of Coats          
Coats 2 1-2 1-2 1-2 1
Method          
Brush Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Roller Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pad Yes Yes Yes Yes No


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