**Cost Of Painting Per Square Meter In Kenya**

**On average, the cost of painting per square meter in Kenya ranges from Kshs. 250 to Kshs. 500. ****The cost of painting per square meter in Kenya can vary depending on several factors, such as the type of paint, the surface to be painted, the method of application, and the complexity of the job.**

For decorative paints sold at Classic Mouldings, it costs between KES 700 to KES 1,000 per square meter while labour costs to apply the paint will average between KES 150 and KES 400 per meter of the wall. **On average, a painter in Kenya charges labour costs between. 1500 to Ksh. 2500/day per day.**

It is always best to get a detailed quote from professional painters to get an accurate cost estimate for your project.

According to A4architect.com, low-cost paints from manufacturers such as SOLAI and Contractor paints cost around KES 100 per sq. m while middle-cost paints from BASCO cost around KES 150 per sq.m. High-cost paints such as Crown Ruff and Tuff cost around KES 600 per sq.m.

**Generally, 2 coats of a litre of paint will cover between 6 and 10 square meters of wall.**

The cost of painting a simple 2-bedroom house in Kenya ranges from KES 33,450 to about KES 72,400 per square metre.

The actual cost depends on several factors such as the size of the house, amount of colours used, and additional requirements like patching or repairing exterior walls.

It is important to note that these prices are estimates and may vary depending on various factors such as location and availability of materials. It is advisable to get quotes from different painters before settling for one.

**How Much Does A Painter Charge Per Square Meter?**

The cost that a painter may charge per square meter can vary based on several factors such as the type of paint used, the complexity of the project, the condition of the surface being painted, and the location of the property.

**In general, a painter may charge anywhere between KES 130 to KES 300 per square meter. However, it’s important to note that this is just an estimate, and the actual cost may vary depending on the specific projec**t.

Factors such as the size of the project, the number of coats needed, and the level of preparation required can all affect the final cost. Additionally, some painters may charge higher rates for their services based on their level of experience and skill.

It’s always a good idea to get multiple quotes from different painters to compare prices and find the best deal. This can help ensure that you’re getting a fair price for the painting project you need.

According to a4architect.com, low-cost paints from manufacturers such as SOLAI and Contractor paints cost KES 100 per sq. m while middle-cost colors from BASCO cost KES 200 per sq. m. However, it is important to note that these prices are not specific to painting but rather an estimate for construction costs.

**Paintwork Labor costs are typically Ksh. 1500 to Ksh. 2500/day per person, and two to three painters can paint the exterior of a 2,500-square-foot house in one to two full days at a maximum cost of Ksh. 22,500. **

The number of stories of the house and ease of access will affect the price. Painters usually charge between KSH.150 and Ksh, 350 per square meter.

It is recommended to consult with experienced painters who can provide an estimate based on factors such as the size of the area to be painted, the type of paint used, the amount of preparation work required, and any additional requirements such as patching or repairing exterior walls.

## How to Calculate The Cost Of Painting Per Square Meter In Kenya

The rate for painting per square meter can be calculated as follows:

First, we need to consider the three coats of painting, which are the undercoat, primer, and fine coat. **The spread rate per liter of paint is typically around 6-10 square meters, although this may vary depending on the texture of the surface being painted.**

Renowned paint manufacturing companies usually offer two grades of paints, premium and economy grades. For the purpose of this calculation, we will consider the premium grade of paint.

A bucket of premium paint covering 20 liters’ costs around 14,500 shillings. To find the **cost per liter of paint, we divide the total cost by the number of liters in the bucket, which gives us 725 shillings per liter.**

Since one liter of paint can cover approximately 10 square meters, the cost per square meter can be calculated by dividing the cost per liter by 10. This gives us 73 shillings per square meter. To be safe, we add 10% to this amount, which gives us 81 shillings per square meter.

Since we will be applying three coats of paint, we multiply the cost per square meter by three, which gives us 243 shillings per square meter.

Next, we need to thin the paint for ease of application. For an oil-based paint, we will need to thin one liter of paint with approximately 0.25 liters of spirit. This means that for one square meter, we will need 0.1 liters of paint and 0.025 liters of spirit.

The cost of the turpentine needed for one square meter can be calculated by multiplying the quantity of spirit needed by the cost per liter, which gives us 15 shillings.

To even out the surfaces and fill possible fissures, we will need to use a material such as Gyproc filler. Let’s assume we are using Gyproc, which comes in a bag of 25 kilograms.

The volume of Gyproc needed per square meter is approximately 0.005 cubic meters, which translates to 0.125 kilograms of Gyproc.

The cost per kilogram of Gyproc is 60 shillings, which means the cost per square meter is 8 shillings.

Assuming one brush can apply up to 1500 square meters and a brush costs 400 shillings, the cost of a brush per square meter is 4 shillings.

For Provisionals such as sandpaper, wire brushes, scrapers, and masks, we can estimate a cost of 340 shillings per 100 square meters, which translates to 3.4 shillings per square meter.

**Adding up the material costs, we get a total of 274 shillings per square meter. Factoring in labor costs at 30% of the material cost, we get an additional 90 shillings per square meter.**

Therefore, **the total rate for painting per square meter is about Ksh. 370. Note that this rate could slightly change in case of skimming.**

**The average cost of painting a 3-bedroom bungalow house with 350 wall surface will be 350*370/- = KSh. 129,500**

**What Factors Affect The Cost Of Painting A House In Kenya?**

Several factors affect the cost of painting a house in Kenya. The **shape and design of the house** influence the total cost of construction, which affects the amount of material needed, the level of finishes, and the expertise required. The style of the house also matters.

Some people go for a cheaper modern style, while traditional style homes have a lot of detailing in their design.

**The surface area** to be painted is another factor that affects the cost. A gallon of paint covers about 250 to 400 square feet, so you will need to divide the total approximate paintable area by this to determine how much paint you will need.

**Labor costs** are another factor that affects painting costs. The more complex a painting project is, such as painting inaccessible areas or creating intricate color combinations and designs, the higher the labor costs will be. Additionally, primer and putty costs must be considered when repainting interiors.

T**he type of paint** used also affects painting costs. Transitioning from a dark to a much lighter color requires an expensive tinted primer and may increase costs. The quality of siding on your home can also impact exterior painting prices.

Engineered wood siding usually comes with a primer on it already, so if you’re painting it for the first time, you might be able to skip that step. It also won’t require as many coats of paint as hardwood siding.

In conclusion, several factors affect the cost of painting a house in Kenya. These include house design and style, surface area to be painted, labor costs, type of paint used, quality of siding (for exterior painting), among others.