The following are frequently asked questions regarding painting that we regularly receive at Salgado Painting. If you have any questions that are not addressed in this FAQ, you can always feel free to email the friendly Salgado Painting customer service team at or call us at 903-714-3543. We’re also happy to answer specific questions about interior and exterior painting service in Tyler, TX!
How do I determine how much paint I will need to purchase before beginning a job?
All you need to calculate how much paint you will need is a tape measure. Measure each of the walls in the rooms that you will be painting (width and length) and write the numbers down. Then, calculate the circumference (the area around the room or building by adding each wall together) and multiply it by the height.
For example, if you have an area with two walls that measure 30ft and two walls that measure 40ft, the circumference is 140ft. Multiply this number by the height of 8ft and you have your square footage (1,120ft).
When you purchase paint, take a look at the square footage on the paint container. For the most part, a gallon will cover 400 square feet. However, remember that most paint jobs require two coats—so, for the example above, you would need about 6 gallons of paint and primer. Remember to estimate high, so you have paint leftover for touch ups as well!
What I should use to protect my carpet from paint drips and stains?
The best option for protecting your carpets (and other flooring materials) is to spend the extra money on a sheet of canvas. Plastic can get slippery and messy when paint drips on it and it is easy to trip over it when it bunches up during your painting job. Canvas, however, lays flat on the floor and soaks up paint, rather than simply letting it slide around. Canvas can also stay in place around corners and in tight spaces where plastic will simply return to its original form. Best of all, you can use the canvas as many times as you like rather than just throwing it away after the job!
What type of brush should I use for painting an interior?
For most rooms, your best bet is to ditch the brush altogether and invest in a paint roller with an extension pole. The pole generally only needs to extend about 3ft, however there are poles available that can extend to as much as 18ft, often used exclusively by an interior painting service in Tyler, TX.
This method is much safer than using a ladder and helps to keep the application even over the wall and ceiling surfaces. Also, be sure to choose a metal pole rather than a plastic one and try to find one with a non-slip grip to avoid costly slipping accidents that can be a real headache to clean up, especially when dealing with a different paint color on the ceiling than the walls.
How do I choose a tasteful paint color for my home or business exterior?
You can choose a great color for your home or business exterior by considering a few elements about the property and how your paint can contribute to them:
For example, if your home contains a great deal of brick that’s not going to be painted, look closely to find some of the hues in the brick and consider some of those colors.
You can also consider the type of property:
For example, if it is a Victorian era house, you might choose some colors that were popular in that era to add to the aesthetic appeal of your property. If you want to express a calm and collected environment, choose warm colors. On the other hand, for a bright and busy environment a brighter color might be necessary.
Carefully examine your home and its various unique facets before jumping to one color choice or another—and remember, staying towards more neutral tones will pan out better than vibrant colors or vacuous hues.
Does paint expire?
Yes, paint does expire eventually—however, the specific life of paint depends on how well you store it, among other factors. When you are ready to store your paint, make sure you thoroughly clean the can’s rim so that the lid can form a proper seal. Too much paint around the rim can build up and crack, letting air into the can.
If you are using latex paint, you can pour a tiny amount of water around the edge to make sure it seals properly. You can also use plastic wrap over the top of the can before securing the lid. You can then store the can upside down after making sure that it is securely shut. This will almost guarantee a tight seal.
When you take out paint to complete a job, simply use common sense to determine whether it is still good. If it still has that “paint smell,” it is probably still acceptable; if it smells stale or off, it is likely expired. You can also try painting a small test amount on a surface to see how it dries before covering the whole wall. If it looks good when it dries, the paint is likely still acceptable.