# How many gallons of floor finish and stripper do I need?

Updated on March 6, 2014

## How many gallons of floor finish and stripper do I need?

How many gallons of floor finish and stripper do I need?

** Note: Here the word “Floor Finish” and “Floor Wax” are used interchangeably.

First, you would need the following information to figure out the amount you will need for this stripping and wax job.

1: Square footage of floor that you will be stripping and waxing.

2: How many coats of finish you will be applying.

3: Condition of existing coats of finish. Is it really thick and heavy or very thin and hardly any wax left on the floor?

4: How many gallons of square footage will the floor finish cover per gallon? (Average is ok).

5: How many gallons of square footage will the stripper cover per gallon? (Average is ok).

After you’ve gotten all the information that you need, now you can use this calculation to figure out how many gallons of floor finish and strippers you will need.

Total square footage (Example: 5000 sq ft).

Divide by: Average square footage floor finish will cover per gallon:

= 500 sq ft/gallon (Average coverage of floor finish is about 800 sq ft per gallon- Please check with the manufacturer of floor finish).

You will need: 10 gallons.

Multiply(times) by how many coats of finish you will apply.

Example: You are going to apply 4 coats:

10 gallons x 4 = 40 gallons of floor finish you will need.

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To calculate how many gallons of floor stripper you will need:

Total square footage (Ex: 5000 sq ft):

Divide by: Average square footage stripper will cover per gallon:

2000 sq ft/gallon (diluted coverage).

=2.5 gallons of stripper you will need.

· If you are doing top scrub and re-coat, calculation is the same. Simply replace stripping solution to neutral cleaning solution.

· If the existing coat of floor finish is very thick and heavy, the average square footage stripper will cover will less, due to heavier dilution. So you will need more gallons of stripper.

· If you are stripping and waxing, the 1st coat will cover slightly less than from the 2nd and following coats. Most floor finish will cover average of 500 to 700 square foot per gallon. Please check with your local distributor where you have purchased floor finish from or manufacturer for more information on average square coverage.

If you are stripping and waxing, the 1st coat will cover slightly less than from the 2nd and following coats.

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