The frost, rain and wind of the autumn and winter seasons can take a toll on outside spaces, and spring is a great time to revamp a shed with a new lick of paint. This time of year is ideal, as cooler weather could prevent paint from drying properly and hotter weather could spoil the finishing look, with the possibility of blistering in hot temperatures.
While sheds have long been considered a place to store the lawnmower and gardening paraphernalia, homeowners have started to become a little bit more creative, using them as an extension of their living space. By choosing a bright or pastel shade to decorate your shed, this can lift the surrounding space and give it some personality.
For those who don’t DIY very often, there are some easy techniques that can be followed to achieve a superior finish, as our professional painters at Scott Anson Painters and Decorators Ltd. can attest!
Preparation Is Key
It’s important to make sure that all the necessary tools are on hand before beginning. As well as purchasing the chosen paint, it’s advisable to stock up on masking tape, a selection of brushes, gloves and dust masks.
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Before getting started, it’s essential to repair or replace any damaged sections of the wood. It may be possible to use a wood filler on small sections, but these must be sanded down before applying a new coat of paint. After any necessary repairs have been made, the surfaces will need to be cleaned of dirt and cobwebs; you could do this by using a dry, stiff brush. A cleaning agent could be used to clear the surfaces of any algae.
Windows and fittings such as door handles and hinges should be covered with masking tape to keep them protected from errant paint drips, although it may be worthwhile removing fittings to paint underneath, ensuring a flawless finish.
It’s Time to Paint
Painting is best to be undertaken once the surfaces are clean and dry.
First, start at the top of the shed and work downwards along the grain. During painting, the brush should not be overloaded to avoid drips running down the wood. While large brushes can be used for the biggest surfaces, it’s wise to use smaller ones for more challenging areas.
Second, it’s essential to guard against drips and paint gathering in crevices as this will spoil the overall look. Take care to carry out the task with attention to detail, as this will help to ensure a quality finish. Once the paint is fully dry, the masking tape can be removed.