How to Paint a Shed

How to Paint a Shed

How to paint a shed


What you will need


Before you start

The wood needs to be completely dry so the best time to apply any paint or stain is after a dry spell and when no rain is expected for a few days, we recommend painting your shed in Spring/Summer months.

Allows check manufacturers instructions before you paint new sheds as sheds which have been dipped or pressure treated may need time to dry out.


How to paint your shed step 1

Step 1 

Always ensure the surface to be treated is clean, dry and free from any dust, algae, fungi or moss.

  •  To clean wood give it a good brush with a stiff brush to remove any dirt, debris or loose wood
  • If your wood has been effected by algae, fungi or moss this must be removed and can be cleaned with products such as a Cuprinol Garden Furniture Cleaner
  • For previously painted sheds sand down with sandpaper to create a key for the new paint to adhere to
  •  Resinous wood will need a stain blocking primer such as Zinsser All Coat 4-in-1 Primer, Sealer and Stain Blocker
  • Repair or replace any damaged wood
  • Clean the work area from and dust or debris


How to paint your shed step 2

Step 2

You may want to start painting now however to get a professional look follow the next step to get a perfect finish

  • Cover glass areas with newspaper
  • Masking tape around windows
  • Masking tape hinges and locks
  • Cover nearby surfaces with dust sheets/tarpaulin to protect from splashes


How to paint a shed step 4

Step 3

It's finally time to start painting

  • Start at the top and work down
  • Using a brush, paint a nice even coat in the same direction as the grain
  • Avoid runs and drips by not overloading the brush
  • Pick up any wet edges before they begin to dry in a drip shape
  • Don’t let the paint collect in crevices as it will create runs
  • Pay special attention to the edges and corners of the shed, dab the brush on these areas to make sure the product soaks into the wood
  • Once completed allow the paint to dry and if you intend to give a 2nd coat check on the back of the tin for detailed information on drying times 


Step 4

All that's left to do is clean up and remove masking tape, finally stand back and admire your work


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