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"An approximate calculation of the quantity of paint required to paint a house may be made as follows:

Measure girth of house and height to eaves, and if there be gables; to half way up them; multiply one by the other and divide the result by the number of sq ft assumed a gallon will cover (approximately 600 sq ft).

If a second coat, double the quantity. In mixing paint, the average formula per gallon is:

Pure white lead...........................15 1/2 lbs
Pure raw linseed oil......................4 1/2 pts
Pure turpentine............................1/2 pt
Pure drier....................................1/2 pt or less

If for priming, a good proportion is 100 lbs lead, 4 gallons oil, 2 gallons turpentine and not over 1 pint drier, together will make about 9 gallons. The painter must use his judgement or make tests, as to the conditions of the surface, or the season, as this may call for greater or lesser amounts of oil.

If it be over old paint, he will decide that two well brushed out coats are best, adding less oil, and a greater percentage of drier. For the second coat, he will use a gallon more oil and the total will make about 7 gallons and will cover 4,000 or more feet. Using this table and having made his allowance for labor, he should be able to give a very fair estimate. On best jobs no ready mixed paint will be used. Get the best white lead ground in 8% of oil.

From: Audel's Carpenters and Builders Guide #4, copyright 1928.

I wonder just how many of the old painters, my Grandpa included, died of this stuff!!!!
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"An approximate calculation of the quantity of paint required to paint a house may be made as follows:

Measure girth of house and height to eaves, and if there be gables; to half way up them; multiply one by the other and divide the result by the number of sq ft assumed a gallon will cover (approximately 600 sq ft).

If a second coat, double the quantity. In mixing paint, the average formula per gallon is:

Pure white lead...........................15 1/2 lbs
Pure raw linseed oil......................4 1/2 pts
Pure turpentine............................1/2 pt
Pure drier....................................1/2 pt or less

If for priming, a good proportion is 100 lbs lead, 4 gallons oil, 2 gallons turpentine and not over 1 pint drier, together will make about 9 gallons. The painter must use his judgement or make tests, as to the conditions of the surface, or the season, as this may call for greater or lesser amounts of oil.

If it be over old paint, he will decide that two well brushed out coats are best, adding less oil, and a greater percentage of drier. For the second coat, he will use a gallon more oil and the total will make about 7 gallons and will cover 4,000 or more feet. Using this table and having made his allowance for labor, he should be able to give a very fair estimate. On best jobs no ready mixed paint will be used. Get the best white lead ground in 8% of oil.

From: Audel's Carpenters and Builders Guide #4, copyright 1928.

I wonder just how many of the old painters, my Grandpa included, died of this stuff!!!!
Girth? Reminds me of this:
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My Grandfather used to tell me about adding and mixing the lead. He died the youngest of 6 brothers. 91 years old. His other brothers were painters too.
He said the secret was to drink milk before working. I do not know if it really worked. he also said he would have a shot of whiskey after work too.
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My Grandfather used to tell me about adding and mixing the lead. He died the youngest of 6 brothers. 91 years old. His other brothers were painters too.
He said the secret was to drink milk before working. I do not know if it really worked. he also said he would have a shot of whiskey after work too.
My grandpa died at age 75, but it was after a long bout of lung diseases.
I remember an old machine the doctor sent home with him for breathing treatments. I also heard about the milk, maybe there is something to that. Grandpa also smoked cigarettes as many people did in those days.
Thanks for your response.
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