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# How many bottles of finger nail paint would it take to paint a house?

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Approximately 506 .33-ounce bottles of nail polish are needed to paint the outside of a house with an exterior surface of 4,000 square feet. The number of bottles required varies according to the volume of the bottles and the exterior area of the house.

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According to Lowe's, 12 gallons of paint covers 4,000 square feet of wall space. One gallon equals 128 ounces, and 12 gallons equals 1,536 ounces. Multiplying 1,536 by .33 ounces — a common volume for a bottle of nail polish — reveals that 506 bottles of nail polish equals 12 gallons of paint. At the price of \$5 per bottle, painting 4,000 square feet would cost \$20,000.

To calculate how many bottles of polish it would take to cover a different surface area, first determine how many gallons of paint are required. Multiply the number of gallons by 128 to find the equivalent number of ounces. Then, multiply the number of ounces by the volume of the nail polish bottle, usually .23 or .33. The answer is the number of bottles needed to cover that area.

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