TJ’s Tips - How to paint your shed

TJ’s Tips - How to paint your shed


Materials you will need:

  • Scrubbing brush
  • Paint (choice depends on shed material, ask in store)
  • Primer (if necessary)
  • Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  • Roller and tray
  • Paint scraper
  • Sandpaper (medium and fine grit)
  • Drop cloths or tarps
  • Masking tape
  • Clean cloth or sponge
  • Paint thinner or white spirits (if using oil-based paint)
  • Ladder or step stool
  • Protective gear (gloves, safety goggles, mask)


Step 1: Prepare the shed

Clear the area around the shed and remove any obstacles or plants.

Place drop cloths or tarps to protect the ground from paint splatters.

Inspect the shed for any loose or peeling paint. Use a paint scraper to remove the old paint.

Sand the wooden surface with medium-grit sandpaper to create a smooth and even base for the new paint. Remove any dust or debris using a clean cloth or sponge.



Step 2: Apply primer (if necessary)

If the shed has bare wood or areas where the previous paint has been completely removed, apply a coat of primer to promote adhesion and improve durability. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application and drying time.

Step 3: Protect windows, doors, and hardware

Cover any windows, doors, or hardware you don't want to paint using painter's tape. This will ensure clean lines and prevent accidental paint application.

Step 4: Start painting

Stir the paint thoroughly before starting. Pour enough paint into the roller tray.

Begin painting the shed using a paintbrush or roller, starting from the top and working your way down.

For smaller areas, use a brush to cut in along edges, corners, and tight spaces. Use a larger brush or roller for larger flat surfaces.

Apply paint in smooth, even strokes, overlapping each stroke slightly to avoid streaks and ensure even coverage.

If using a roller, roll it in one direction to minimize the appearance of roller marks.

Allow the first coat to dry completely according to the paint manufacturer's instructions. Apply additional coats as needed for better coverage and durability, ensuring each coat is dry before applying the next.

Step 7: Clean up

Inspect the burners for any clogs or blockages. If necessary, use a brush or toothpick to gently remove any debris. Be careful not to damage the burners. Wipe them clean using a damp cloth.

Step 8: Clean the Exterior

Clean your brushes and rollers using water for latex paint or paint thinner/mineral spirits for oil-based paint, following the instructions on the paint can.

Remove the painter's tape carefully while the paint is still slightly tacky to avoid peeling the fresh paint.

Dispose of any leftover paint and empty containers according to local regulations.

That's it!

By following these steps, you should be able to paint your wooden shed and give it a fresh and attractive appearance. Remember to take proper safety precautions and ventilate the area while painting.

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