Painting Your Garden Shed

Now that you’re done with the construction part, next comes the painting. Painting your garden shed is pretty important in the overall scheme of things. To protect and enhance the exterior features of the garden shed, paint or varnishing can be done. External wood stain is also a viable option, though it won’t look as good as the other two options.

painting your garden shedTimber, by nature, absorbs water. This is very harmful for your shed and can seriously limit the lifetime of the structure. One way to avoid this certain fate is by painting the whole structure. Paints give water-resisting abilities to the wood and helps in warding off moisture from the surface of the wood.

It is the cheapest method for protection against elements. Painting your garden shed can be done not only for protection, but also in order to give an aesthetic feel to your shed. This will help in merging up your shed nicely with the surroundings.

Varnishing can also be done and it doesn’t contain the pigments of paint also. This gives the shed walls a see-through look and the beauty of the wood underneath can be seen. Rain may stain the wood later on though, and make it look unseemly. Blemishes can become common and removing dust, dirt can become exhausting after some time.

Wood-stains give the wood a conducive environment and so, make the wood more resistant to cracking. This is also easy to apply and no detailed preparations are necessary. It is one of the most user-friendly ways. The coloring can be a bit dull and may not seem worth it later on. It is also comparatively difficult to do.

Before reapplying paint, care should be taken to remove the previous coating completely. Repainting usually has to be done every 5 years or so.

Choosing the Best Paint

Good quality paint for protecting garden sheds will generally last more than a cheaper one. It will cost you more, so weigh the cost against the paint’s lifetime before buying either the cheaper or the costly ones. Nicely done jobs with good quality paints can last to almost 10 years and can save you money in the broader view of things.

Color should not be a limitation while looking for paint. Tinting can be done to get a wide variety of paint colors and you will most likely find the perfect color. The shop-owner can help you with blending the colors, to produce the color of your choice.

Paints are available in gloss, flat or semi-gloss varieties. The luster of the paint for the garden shed is decided by these variations. Glossy paints will cost you more and the different types are for show only, no drastic fluctuations can be observed in the quality.

Any type of paint can be applied, though it is advised to check with your home owner’s committee to be on the safe side. Satin and eggshell types can also be found and the luster of these kinds varies between flat and semi-gloss.

Another thing to look for in paints is the volatile organic chemicals (VOC) content. A larger content of VOC in the paint usually means better quality. Care should be taken to stay away from paint fumes as they can be harmful for your health.


Easy-to-do steps are described below for painting your garden shed.

– The first thing to do is cleaning up the surface of the wood. This is very important for proper painting. After construction, you’ll have dirt, sand or other particles sticking to the surface of the shed. An effective painting requires the surface to be as clean as possible.

– Use a hard brush to clean the surface. A pressure washer can also be used for heavy-duty cleaning. If used a pressure washer, for a day to dry. Mold sticking on the surface can be scrubbed using a mixture of water and bleach.

– Apply primers such as oil-based to all parts of the shed. This will ensure you have an even paint job over the surface. It will also enhance the protection against elements. The primer will seal any cracks on the surface, so that insects or moisture are stopped from getting into the wood.

– Cover up areas you don’t want to be painted like windows using paper of plastic wrappers. Put plastic layering on the ground around the shed to avoid spilling.

– If using a paint gun, the spray pattern should be level and not in arcs. Use 5 gallon buckets for painting your garden shed as it will be more cost-effective than the 1 galleon variety.

– If brushes are your thing, then start with the edges around doors or windows moving on to the remaining part.

– Starting with the siding, go on to the wood grain. A long-nap roller can be used to roll the paint evenly over the area.

– Using the spray gun, paint the shed from a minimum 20 cm away to avoid getting paint on you. As with brushes, start around the edges and then move on to other places.

– Overlap for up to 30% of each region you’ve painted. This will give you a complete coverage of the area.

– Check again for any areas that you might have missed. This is important as missing small areas is possible and the sight can be odd if the paint job turns out to be partial.

– For better results, it is advised to redo the coating again. Double layer will prolong the life of the paint, and consequently, the wood by a substantial margin.

– The drying time will be mentioned by the paint manufacturer. Leave it to dry for the given time and remove any paper or plastic pieces that you had put up.

– Exterior metal paint should be used for painting your garden shed doors or hinges you had installed in the shed. Leaving the metal part paint-less, will look odd and the paint you have been using for the shed will tear off easily if used on these.

Your shed is now completely painted and protected. You can start marveling at your creation!

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