Trade Dulux Vinyl matt emulsion covers 17 square meters per litre. So 5 litres of retail paint will cover 65 square meters (one coat), whereas 5 litres of trade paint would cover 85 square meters (one coat). Trade paints are rigorously evaluated to guarantee that they meet the high standards demanded by professional users and their clients. They are usually more expensive than retail paints.
The number of coats depends on the size of the surface you are painting. If it is small, like a door or window, then it can be covered with one good coat. As it gets larger, such as a wall, you will need several coats.
The amount of paint needed varies depending on how thick you want the finish to be. A thin coat will look fine but will not last as long as a thicker one. Thicker coats are also harder to apply so will take longer to dry. You should allow enough time for the paint to dry before moving onto the next stage.
Paint measures its coverage in "m²" (square meters). One square meter is 10 square feet. To calculate the amount of paint needed, simply divide the area you need painted by the density of the finish you want (1 m² = 10 ft²). For example, if you need to paint a room 10 feet by 12 feet, then you will need 120 ml of paint.
You must add 15 percent to this figure to account for waste.
1 litre of emulsion paint (used on interior walls and ceilings) will cover roughly 12 square metres per coat. It should be noted that this is an average, so your mileage may vary depending on the type of surface you are painting.
A litre of premium exterior paint will cover about 15-20 feet by 12-15 feet and should be applied multiple times for best results. If you want to be sure you get the most out of your paint purchase, we recommend using a quality acrylic primer under each application of paint to ensure long-lasting results.
It is important to remember that both interior and exterior paint can be hazardous if not used properly. Please follow all instructions on the packaging of your paint carefully and call in a professional if necessary.
How much surface area does 2.5 litres of paint cover?
|Finish||Sizes||Average coverage with one coat*|
|Modern Emulsion||2.5 litres, 5 litres||60m2 per 5 litres|
|Estate Eggshell||750ml, 2.5 litres, 5 litres||60m2 per 5 litres|
|Modern Eggshell||750ml, 2.5 litres, 5 litres||60m2 per 5 litres|
|Full Gloss||750ml, 2.5 litres||30m2 per 2.5 litres|
12 square metres in total. When applying multiple coats, it is important to allow for adequate drying time between applications.
The first coat should be allowed to dry completely before you proceed to the next one. If you rush through this step, you could end up with a partially dried surface that's very susceptible to water damage.
Painting an exterior wall requires some special care. A typical 2-pound box of emulsion paint will cover about 300 square feet. For an average-size exterior wall, this means painting two rows of 150 squares each or three rows of 50 squares each. Allow enough time for the paint to dry between coats if it looks like it might rain.
Paint gets into all kinds of places that you don't want it to. Make sure that you are able to walk away from any area that you aren't willing to paint later. This includes your most valuable furniture and artwork!
If you have children or pets, then it is important to choose a paint that is appropriate for outdoors use. Some paints contain chemicals that protect them from sunlight and other elements.