Does your shed need a refresh? We have the perfect tips for you!
August 29, 2017
Whether you have DIY experience or not, we’re here to provide you with all the tips and tricks needed to achieve your perfect garden escape.
Painting your shed is a great place to start
Your shed may have aged since you purchased it, leaving visual signs of grey wood; caused by UV rays and rain water. This problem can be easily fixed through a good quality wood stain or a preserver. Apply this product on an annual basis and it will prolong the life of the external timber. In order to gain the natural texture of wood use garden colours as this will provide a richer colour.
What tools will I need?
Thompson and Parkes recommend the use of a pump or power brush over a simple hand brush. Although a hand brush gets the job done, it takes a noticeably longer amount of time. You’ll want to make sure that the paint you select has been formulated for use in that sprayer type. If you’re using a Cuprinol sprayer, you’ll only be able to use Garden Shades or Cuprinol sprayable paint.
A few checks prior to painting
You’ll want to check that your shed doesn’t need any structural amendments. If you’re painting an older shed, you’ll need to firstly clean it. Wipe away any debris, spider webs, mud and algae etc.
Next apply caulk where needed to cover all the gaps, making your shed waterproof. If using a silicon-based caulk, or something similar, you’ll need to wait about a day after application before you can begin to paint.
Before painting apply an oil-based primer. This will provide an extra layer of protection against the elements, however it will also make it easier for you to spread the paint.
Painting your shed
Now that your primer is dry, you can now apply the first coat of paint. This should be done in dry conditions above 5°C. Use a long-nap roller in order to spread the paint with the grain of the wood.
Once the wall is covered, wait for the first layer of paint to dry completely, and then apply the second and final layer to the shed.
Using multiple colours?
If you want to use multiple colours on the same wall, you should apply the wood treatment and primer, wait for them to dry and then attach a thick sheet of paper or nylon to the walls using duct tape.
After you’ve painted the exposed area and the paint is dry, you can now remove the covers and paint the other colours, making sure you’ve covered the areas you’ve already painted.
Here at Thompson and Parkes, we have all the resources and equipment needed to refresh your shed. Pop into our store today or alternatively call 01562 745881 for any help.
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