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Interior Painting Guide


About to paint? Print this form, answer these questions, and call into
Your Local Paint Place.   They’ll show you how to achieve perfect results every time.

What is the approximate area of the room that you wish to paint?

1. Walls:

If the room is square or rectangular please answer Question A.   Alternatively if the room is an unusual shape please answer Question B.

A. Measure the width of one wall, the length of the wall adjacent to it and the height to the ceiling, then fill in the details below.
................... m Width x m Height = m2
...................m Length x m Height = m2
             Total =  ................ m2

x2 = .......... m2 (total area of the walls)

B. If the room is an unusual shape simply draw the shape of the room and insert the measurements of each wall, don’t forget to include the ceiling height as well.   Below are some sample shapes for you as a guide.
..............  m Height of Ceiling

Once you have drawn the sketch and marked the dimensions simply take it to Your Local Paint Place representative and they can calculate the amount of paint you will need.
C:  What type of surface are the walls?
Plaster Board ......     Brick ......    Gyprock ......
Plaster Render ......    Timber ......  Fibro ......
Other ......

2:  Ceilings & Floors:

A.   If you were able to calculate the total area of the walls in Question 1, the table under Question 6 will show you the amount of paint you will need for your ceilings or floors.

However, if the room is an unusual shape please take the diagram you have drawn to Your Local Paint Place representative and they can calculate the amount of paint you will need.

B:  What type of surface is the ceiling?
Gyprock ......     Timber ......    Other ......
C:  What type of surface is the floor?
Cement ......     Timber ......    Other ......

 

3.  Windows:  Sizes & quantities
......... m Width x   .........m Height   Quantity .........
......... m Width x   .........m Height   Quantity .........
......... m Width x   .........m Height   Quantity .........
......... m Width x   .........m Height   Quantity .........
Total Quantity .....................
4.  Doors:  Sizes & quantities
......... m Width x   .........m Height   Quantity .........
......... m Width x   .........m Height   Quantity .........
......... m Width x   .........m Height   Quantity .........
Total Quantity .....................
5.  Do any of the surfaces show signs of any of the following?

6. Another way to work out how much paint you need is to measure the distance around your room in metres (for example 18m) then measure the height of the ceiling (for example 3.1m).    In our example you would need 3.5 litres of paint for each coat of paint on the walls and 1.5 litres of paint for each coat of paint on the ceiling.
Distance around the room in metres
* Based on 16 square metres per litre coverage
* One coat only
* Reduce the surface area to be painted if the area includes large windows or doors.
7. Check your equipment:
What you have and what you may need. For example, are your paint brushes and rollers in good enough condition to produce a fantastic result?

Talk to your Paint Place Specialist about any task specific items that you’re going to need.

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