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Old 12-26-2010, 01:12 PM   #1
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I'm going to be painting a bedroom, but I don't know how much paint to use. I've seen math formula's online but never figured out how to do it. The room has two 12 ft walls, at 2ft section, 3 ft section, 22 in section, and 2 more 2 ft sections, plus a 10ft wall. Two windows measuring 5ft high, 3ft wide. Then a door with 82.5 in high, 30 in wide. Walls are 90in high. I'm just painting the walls, one color, then the ceiling another color. I'm placing 2 coats on. The walls are painted with those swirl textures, and are a very light blue, with no light it looks blue but with light it looks white. So should I primer also? I'm using a burgundy color paint. Ceiling is the same color as the walls, but I'm painting that a medium gray, like the roof of a hockey arena. Like I said, I found formula's but I couldn't figure them out. Look below for a attachment of the wall layout and sorry about the poor quality, I tried my best. Thank you.
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Old 12-26-2010, 02:23 PM   #2
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So this is basically a 10 X 12 bedroom with 7 1/2 foot ceilings. If you were painting any color but red, you would likely only use one gallon of paint on the walls and one on the ceiling. Burgundy is a bad word for most painters because the primary colors like red take 3 or 4 coats for proper coverage. Most paint stores will insist that you buy a GRAY primer and apply that to the walls first. This is gonna be a tough project because of the burgundy color. Good luck.

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Your project should take 2gallons of paint on the walls and one gallon of paint on the ceiling. That is if you use a quality 100% acrylic latex paint. A gray primer on the walls isn't necessary if they are already a shade of blue. Reds are hard to paint over light colors such as white, the white will actually bleed through the red. It isn't always necessary to use a tinted primer before painting red unless like I said the previous color is real light, such as white, but you should use quality paints and apply two coats.
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Yes, you'll need 2 gallons of your Burgundy paint.
* I came up with ~ 300sf of paintable surface.
* At the MAX, a gal. of paint will maybe hit 400sf. If someone's getting more than 400sf/gal., it's being applied waaaaayy too thin!
* Deep tint-bases like Burgundies, won't go as far, because they're less full.
* Therefore...2 gallons of color.

PRIMER:
* I wouldn't let you out of my paint-dep't. without a battleship-gray primer under 98% of Reds/Burgundies. They're too sheer to hide the previous color!!
* Light-blue walls are NO better than white walls...they're still too white.
* So...wherever that Burgundy's going, apply Gray primer. Let dry ~ 2-3 hours.
* Then, 2 FULL COATS of Burgundy, about 4-5 hours apart. Because of the real heavy colorant-load, dry-time between coats almost doubles.

What color/brands/sheen of paint are ya using?

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I'm not sure on the brand, the burgundy color for walls, gray for the ceiling, and semi-gloss.
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Sprt, are you sure you want Semi-gloss as your finish? I would much prefer Satin on the walls. That SG will really magnify any imperfections on the wall.
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If I were you I would try using Valspar's new HD cans, they are supposed to cover anything in one coat. They are $10 more expensive I beleive but it is still cheaper than spending another $25 on a second can and maybe even another $20 on gray tinted primer. That is what I'm planing on doing when I paint my dining room this week since I will be going with a cranberry color.
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That "High-Def" color crap is just Marketing-buzzwords.

Depending on the formula of the chosen "Burgundy/Cranberry", it's gonna be fairly sheer. Reds & Magentas are pretty sheer colorants...little opacity to them.
...and I KNOW Lowe's hasn't changed to different colorants! THAT would be REAL expensive. An FPE Burgundy is the only thing that I've seen that WILL cover WHITE in 1 coat....BUT...it's very spendy stuff. Their colorants (pastes) are very different than anything in the U.S.

Besides...how does the "primer" in the can know how to get to the wall first?!??!??!

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Have you tried the HD paint? If you haven't then you can't say it is crap, I dint say for sure it would work because I haven't tried it myself, but I am going to try it soon and I'll take photos of before and after so we all know for sure.
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Ahhhh yes...

I didn't say the PAINT was crap.

Just the "Marketing" buzzwords campaign stating "High-definition" color....because of the "built-in" primer...is largely "crap".

Only a very basic primer can "co-exist" with an actual PAINT...in the same can. MOST primers and MOST paints are 2 very different things. There's more differences than similarities.

When these 2 broad classes of resins are combined, you're sacrificing the capabilities of BOTH.

Read this line again..."How does the primer in the can know how to get to the wall first..."!!!

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