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I have a fence that looks like the following: enter image description here

I plan on staining this fence with a paint sprayer and this stain product. The product notes that one gallon will cover Coverage Area (sq. ft.) 250 ft². Can someone help me determine how to calculate the number of gallons I would need?

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Sprayers make the job much quicker and easier, however there will be a lot more waste. Take the fence height X the length X two (sides) and you will have an apx of the square feet. Example 4ft high X 100 feet long X 2 sides = 800 square feet. 800/250= 3.2 gals.

Realistically, if you are careful and try to hit the pickets and not waste as much on the spaces, you may use a slight bit less. Keep in mind, if you are using a stock color, you can return unused/unopened product for a refund at most stores.

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Thank you! I wasn't sure if fencing like this required some type of special estimation. LXWXsides is no problem. About 8 gallons needed for my job, now I can buy the big 5gal bucket! –  dpollitt May 15 '13 at 12:26
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