Wall Paint Area


The calculation for Interior Wall Paint Area in Goldenseal estimating software is too high-- it is based on the wallboard area, which includes the ceiling area as well as wall areas.

Caught By

User bug report.


Follow these steps to permanently fix the problem:

  1. Choose Calculations from the Options menu, and choose Calculated Dimensions from the submenu.
  2. Scroll through the list until you see Paint Interior Wall Area. Click on it, then click Edit. NOTE-- If you don't see Paint Interior Wall Area in the list, click Close. You don't need to do anything more.
  3. If the clairvoyant field at upper right says Wallboard Total Net Area, change it to Int Walls Net Surface Area**. NOTE-- If it already says Int Walls Net Surface Area, click Cancel. You don't need to do anything more.
  4. Click on the popup field for First Adjustment, and choose Add Calculation.
  5. Enter Rooms Wall Paint Area into the clairvoyant field to its right.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Close to leave the list of Calculated Dimensions.

**NOTE-- Some versions of Goldenseal may call this Int Walls Net Area instead. If you prefer to do your estimating using the gross wall area, without subtracting for door and window openings, use Int Walls Gross Surface Area or Int Walls Gross Area.


This problem is fixed in all versions of Goldenseal shipped on Sept 18, 2006 and later.

If you got the Goldenseal painting estimating software before that date, follow the steps above. It should take only a minute or two to fix this problem in the estimating formulas that came in your company file.

Technical Details

If you have been using Goldenseal for a while, you may prefer to not change this calculation, and leave it as a "cushion" for your estimates. It will estimate a little too high, but that's not always a bad thing!