How Much Paint Do I Need?

Sherwin-Williams offers these helpful tips for the amount of painted need for a project:

  1. First calculate the square feet of space that will be coated.
  2. Determine how many square feet a gallon of the intended product will cover.
  3. Divide the number of square feet to be covered by the number of square feet that a given product can cover.

For example, if the product covers 400 square feet, and you are coating 1,000 square feet (1,000 divided by 400 = 2.5), you will need 2.5 gallons. 400 square feet is theoretical because the texture of the substrate, along with the material left on the applicator, and other tools, are not part of this calculation. This information is often available on the data page for the product as well.

…or let the Doctor take care of it!

When you hire us to complete your painting project, we take care of all of the paint volume calculations and we get the paint to your project. Call Mike 541.497.3804

Interior Paint Options

According to Sherwin-Williams, the type of paint you’ll use depends on how the room to be painted will be used and the type of finish you want. 

Interior paint is specifically formulated to provide:

  • Scrubbability and stain resistance
  • Good hiding ability
  • Good coverage
  • Spatter resistance
  • Easy touch-up

Latex or Oil?

Interior house paints are either latex- or oil/alkyd-based. Today, most oil-based paints are made with synthetic resins (alkyds), which makes them the best type of paint for interior walls when compared to paints based comprised on natural oils. Each has different characteristics and uses.

Your neighborhood Sherwin-Williams paint expert can provide advice about which paint is right for your project.


Get the longest-lasting finish with the best gloss retention. Sherwin-Williams latex paints are easy to work with, dry quickly and are extremely durable. Latex paints clean up easily with soap and water.


Good adhesion, excellent durability and stain resistance make Sherwin-Williams oil/alkyd-based paints excellent choices for trim in high-traffic rooms, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Clean paint tools with mineral spirits.

Expert Help

Our crew has plenty of experience with these paint types and can answer your questions. On most of our jobs, we figure the volume of paint and pick up what is needed to complete the job. You choose the color, of course and we have a few simple questions about the sheen of the paint (how shiny or what level of matte finish you prefer) and we take care of the rest. Call Mike at 541.497.3804.

December 2023 Color of the Month

Add a dash of drama with a fiery shade that knows how to rev up a room. Peppery’s expressive nature excites your space with bold, attention-grabbing energy.

It’s time to finally get that interior painting project completed and you can do it by calling Mike 541.497.3804

November 2023 Color of the Month

According to Sherwin-Williams, Black Magic, the color of the month for November 2023, “casts a stylish spell as a bold and bewitching backdrop. This dark shade will leave you spellbound as it envelops your space in creative possibilities.”

Black Magic’s timeless and eternally relevant hue anchors the collection, as the play between its vibrant, supporting colors brings together the best of two styles.

Whatever your color selection, call the Doctor to have it done right the first time. 541-497-3804

Choosing the Right White

It’s interior painting season for the Paint Doctor and our clients often say they want white walls. Right, but what white? What do you mean? Isn’t white white? Well that’s a complicated question. When it comes to paint colors, almost every white is not quite, um, white. They all have some tint and the tints put them in different families of colors that are often described as temperatures and even as moods.

Mike can tell you what’s up with whites and help you schedule your interior paint project – 541-497-3804.

Pottery Barn Collection

It’s that time of the year when we are gearing up for interior jobs, which means are clients are making decisions about interior colors and matching décor. With that in mind, check out the Potter Barn Collection at Sherwin-Williams.

Prepare to be Amazed

Put down the brush and step away from the building. There is a lot more to painting than brushing, rolling or spraying paint. In fact, all skilled painters understand that most of the job in painting is preparation. Cleaning is essential. Paint cannot adhere when debris in the way.

Peeling paint must be removed or treated. Repair or replace loose or weather damaged siding and trim. Fill holes. Caulk joints.

Don’t overlook masking – this is a task that can make or break the quality of the paint job itself and prevent damaging other surfaces. The right masking materials (tape, paper, plastic sheeting, etc) make a big difference in the results. Clean, straight lines are not automatic. It takes lots of practice to get it right. Understanding the dynamics of the air pressures produced by pressurized paint and how to layer masking, use guards and drop cloths are all big components of a job well done.

Of course you can bring in the pros to do the job right the first time, call Mike at 541-497-3804.

Big Jobs Done Right

Big jobs are all in a day’s work for Paint Doctor’s Painting. “Do it right the first time” means putting the right crew members on the right equipment to apply the right product for a finish that will last for many years.

Paint Doctor’s Painting has you covered with plenty of experience completing commercial projects for contractors, property owners and site supervisors in the Willamette Valley.

Projects like West Albany High School’s Memorial Stadium take careful planning, specialized equipment and an experienced crew to get the job done right.

All of the basics for any good painting job – proper product, surface preparation and appropriate application – are present on large scale commercial jobs, but there are many more things to consider. Reaching greater heights, handling larger volumes of material, keeping schedules and staying within all safety requirements are just a few of the things that make a painter a commercial contractor.

Call Mike Nading 541-497-3804 about your next big project. He’ll ask the right questions and promptly get you a solid bid.

When you have Paint Doctor’s Painting on the team, you will have one less concern about completing your project in the professional manner that built your reputation.

paint preparation

Consider the Cost in Time

You’ve probably heard the expression “your time is worth something” and at Paint Doctor’s Painting we know it’s true. When you consider the amount of time involved in doing your own paint project compared to hiring the Doctor, we think you will agree. Many property owners significantly underestimate what it takes to wash, prep, caulk, fill, sand, scrape, mask, pack, place, climb, spray, roll, brush, move and do it all again.

However, when you hire the pros at Paint Doctor’s Painting, you get an entire crew that is doing all of these operations at once with the speed and accuracy that comes with doing the job right the first time every day. Rather than having your house in that paint-job-in-process mode for weeks, you can have the whole job completed in a day or two.

Upward Mobility

There are plenty of reasons not to paint your own house, but wanting to live may top the list. Reaching every painted surface on your home’s exterior and interior takes more than most homeowners realize. Through in an extra story and a hillside lot and you’ve a formula for a truly life-changing disaster.

Professional painters know how to reach all of those hard-to-reach peaks, gables and dormers that make you house look cool. The Paint Doctor knows just how to get the job done in a safe and timely manner.

You might be surprised at just what it takes to get a painter in position to update and protect your home’s exterior, but whatever it takes, the Paint Doctor’s Painting Service will get there. It could take scaffolding, ladders, power lifts, cherry pickers, zip lines or catwalks – but they will get it done safely and thoroughly. Call Mike at 541-497-3804 and save your death defying adrenaline feats for your vacation adventures.

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