An outdoor shed is the perfect place to store gardening and lawn supplies like mowers, snow blowers, tools and dry firewood. An unsightly shed diminishes the hard work you put into making your garden and lawn look flawless throughout the year. You won't regret adding another project to your to-do list when the final result gives you and your family a freshly painted shed that enhances the surrounding backyard beauty.
Find the right color to paint your shed by looking around your backyard surroundings. What color flowers are in your garden? What color palette is on your house? What kind/color of birds gathers in your bird bath?
These factors can help you decide the best color pattern for your shed. For the best long-lasting protection, use a 100 percent acrylic latex paint, but before you start painting it's important to follow these steps:
- For the best end result it's essential to fully clean your shed before painting. Use a broom and brush away the spider webs, scrape away any loose paint and grab a wash rag to wipe down the sides and trim. You can also use a power washer to rid your shed of dirt and debris.Make sure to follow instructions for your specific power washer to avoid damaging the wood by standing too close.
- Once your shed is dry, use an oil-based primer to prepare the shed for the first coat of paint. This will also help seal any small holes or cracks in the wood.
- Now it's time to paint. Many painting professionals recommend using a paint gun to evenly distribute each coat on a shed. When using a paint gun it's important to stand 10 to 12 inches away from the shed for the best finish.
Give your local ProTect Painters a call for an estimate or to learn more about the best practices for outdoor storage shed painting.