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Fort Original Highdown Apex - Painted in blue with white windows and door

No matter how well looked after, maintained and loved your garden shed is, there comes a time in all sheds’ lives that they need a little TLC and perhaps a mini makeover. Re-painting is a quick and easy way to give your garden shed the new lease of life it deserves. But painting isn’t just for old and tired wooden sheds, perhaps you have just purchased a brand spanking new one but aren’t keen on the plain wooden façade, wanting it to stand out in your garden?  Again, a simple paint job is a great way to turn your average shed into more of a standout garden accessory.

But, before you go reaching for the paints, take a look at these simple step by step instructions on how to paint a wooden shed. It may seem like a simple enough task, but in order to apply a paint job that lasts, there are some preparatory measures you should follow.

What you will need:

Cleaner (outdoor or general purpose)

Wood Treatment

Protective Mask

Hard Wire Brush

Wood Filler

Paintbrush, Pump Sprayer or Power Sprayer

Step 1 – Clean

Before you do anything, you need to make your shed is sparklingly clean. Using a cleaner and hard-wired brush, scrub your shed and remove cobwebs, mud, mould or anything else that may have found itself onto your shed’s walls. This will generally only be appropriate if your garden shed has been around for a while, a brand new one is unlikely to need a clean. After you have cleaned all the wooden panels, you then need to wait until the wood is completely dry before you start the next step.

Step 2 – Fill In The Gaps

Ensure that your shed is as watertight as possible by spending time examining the interior and exterior, looking for cracks, holes or gaps. Using wood filler, fill these in and wait for them to dry fully.

Step 3 – Create A Smooth Surface

You don’t want to spend all that time painting your shed, to then have the paint start to chip and peel away before you’ve even had a chance to admire your handiwork. Using sandpaper, start sanding the wood to remove any flaking old paint or loose wood, creating a smooth surface for your paint to be applied to. Remember to sand in the direction of the woodgrain.

Step 4 – Treat The Wood

The final stage to undertake before painting can take place is to treat the wood. This will make sure that your shed is protected against weather damage for many years.

Step 5 – Paint The Shed

And finally, you can paint your shed in your chosen colour. You can either use a paint brush, or for a quicker job you may want to consider a paint pump or spray. Allow the first coat to dry fully before you add another one. And hey presto, you have a beautiful new shed with a brand-new lease of life!

If you fancy turning your hand to a bit of shed painting, but are missing the essential ingredient, a shed, then take a look at our fabulous collection of wooden sheds in a range of styles, sizes and prices.

Posted by Matt Jordan

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