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# How long does it take to paint a room?

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A professional painter can take 5 to 6 hours to paint the walls and the ceiling of a standard 12 feet by 12 feet room assuming that the condition of the walls is fine, and that it needs an application of two coats of flat paint. Two to 3 more hours may be needed for painting the door, baseboards and windows.

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An experienced painter will require about 8 hours or one work day to paint the ceiling and walls in two rooms. However, the exact time required to paint a room is determined by a number of factors, some of which include the type of paint and the number of colors to be used, the size of the room and the available manpower.

A standard paint work is usually assumed to be the application of two coats of a particular colored paint on the walls, and one coat of a standard white paint on the ceiling. Therefore, painting different walls within a room in different colors or applying different colors of paint on a particular wall to create a unique design will increase the time needed to complete the whole project. On the other hand, dark colors, such as red, need to be applied three to four times on the wall, significantly increasing the time needed to complete the painting project.

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Estimate the amount of paint for a room by multiplying the length of the walls by their height and dividing by the number of square feet the manufacturer estimates a gallon of paint covers. Most paints cover about 350 square feet per gallon. Subtract 20 square feet for each door and 15 square feet for each window in the room before dividing.

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To cover red paint, prime the walls with two coats of tinted primer before applying the paint. Repair any cracks or holes and clean the walls before priming.

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Clean the cabinets with a damp rag, and then use painter's tape around the cabinets to protect the surrounding walls. When glazing cabinets, it's helpful to first glaze the doors, saving the cabinet bases for the end. Make sure the base paint coat is completely dry before applying glaze.