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How To Paint a Shed

How To Paint a Shed

Wondering how to paint a shed? Painting a storage shed can transform it from drab to fab in just two days. With the right supplies and preparation, you'll be able to give your shed a makeover and feel proud of the finished product.

Before you start, gather all your materials—a pressure washer, sandpaper, primer, paint and more. Then cover windows with painter's tape and plastic tarps for easy taping.

Once everything is ready to go, spray on some primer using a Wagner FLEXiO paint sprayer before painting with either a brush or paint sprayer.

Complete the look with motion detector lights and planters for added functionality.

So don't delay - get started today on giving your storage shed a much-needed facelift!

Prepare Your Outdoor Shed for Painting: Sanding and Removing Loose Paint

Preparing the shed is crucial to get a successful paint job,  just like when you build a shed, so don't skip this step - it'll make sure your hard work lasts! Keep in mind this is strictly for wooden sheds as vinyl and metal sheds are less likely to be painted per manufacturer instructions

Start by inspecting the surface of the backyard storage shed and repairing any cracks or holes with wood filler. Then use a sanding block and 180 grit sandpaper to get rid of any rough spots. This will create an even base for your primer and paint.

Once you're done sanding, you can start painting. Grab a good quality paintbrush or paint roller and apply primer in long strokes over all surfaces. Be sure to cover every inch of the shed with an even layer of primer.

After that's dry, time to get out the sandpaper again – this time use finer grade paper (220-320 grit) to smooth out any bumps or ridges. You're almost ready for painting.

Next, grab a new brush or roller and start applying your chosen exterior grade paint in the same manner as you did with the primer. Make sure you have enough product on hand before starting – two coats may be necessary depending on how much coverage is needed.

And don't forget about those hard-to-reach places – use a smaller brush or sander for detailed work like trimming edges and corners.

In no time at all, you'll be admiring your freshly painted storage shed!

Gather Tools and Materials Needed To Paint A Shed

Gathering the necessary tools and materials is key to a successful shed transformation. To paint a wooden shed, you will need:

  • Pressure washer
  • Painters tape
  • Plastic tarp or pre-taped painters plastic
  • Sanding block and 180 grit sandpaper
  • Exterior Paint and Primer
  • Paint Sprayer (Wagner FLEXiO 3000)
  • Good quality paint brush
  • Paint pail
  • Outdoor metallic spray paint (optional)
  • Other supplies for completing the project, such as motion detector lights and planters.

Sheds need to be pressure washed before painting for best results. It's important to use exterior-grade paint with primer included for optimal protection from the elements. A coat of exterior paint can also help prevent fading or chipping over time. Consider using a Wagner FLEXiO 3000 if you want quick results in a short amount of time.

With the right materials, you'll be able to complete your shed transformation quickly and easily.

Mask Windows Before Applying Shed Paint

Masking the windows of your shed isn't an option it's an essential step in creating a smooth and flawless finish - it'll save you from a lot of headaches down the line. Before you start spraying fresh paint, make sure to cover any windows with masking tape. This will help prevent any splatters or smudges from ruining your hard work.

Paint Sprayer Painters Tape
Apply primer Cover exposed areas with painters tape
Spray second coat Secure tape firmly against window frame

Once all windows are masked, it's time to grab your paint sprayer and get to work. Start by applying primer to the entire exterior surface. Once that's dry, use a light hand when spraying on the second coat of paint. Be careful not to oversaturate any one area as this can cause runs in the paint. Allow each section to dry before moving on to another area.

When finished painting, quickly remove the masking tape while the paint is still wet for best results and minimal damage to your newly painted shed walls. Make sure all edges are neat and clean for a crisp finish! With just a few steps, you can easily protect your windows from overspray and create professional-looking results with ease using a paint sprayer, painter's tape, and fresh paint!

Spray Primer on Your Wooden Shed

After masking the windows, it's time to grab your paint sprayer and prime the shed. Using a paint sprayer to apply primer is much easier than brushing or rolling it on.

Before beginning, ensure that you have enough Shed Paint for priming and painting, as well as a quality paint gun with an adjustable nozzle. Start by adjusting the spray width control to high and setting the material flow according to how thick you want your primer layer to be.

Apply primer in an up-and-down motion across all surfaces of the shed, being sure not to miss any spots. After completing one layer of primer, allow it time to dry before adding more layers until you achieve a smooth finish. When done correctly, this will give your paint job a professional look and make it last longer.

Make sure that you get rid of any excess paint or primer from your equipment after use so that there won't be any problems down the line when using it again for another job.

Paint a Shed the right way

Now that your shed is primed and ready to go, it's time to grab your paint sprayer and get to work. Applying paint to your wooden shed is the final step in creating a beautiful, exterior transformation. Here are four things you should consider when applying paint:

  • Choose an exterior-grade paint that will provide protection against fading and mold/mildew.
  • Select a sheen option based on desired look and ease of cleaning.
  • Remember that applying two coats of paint provides better coverage than one coat.
  • Use painter's tape for clean edges around trim or hardware for a professional finish.

The process of painting the shed with a sprayer may take some practice, but you'll eventually get the hang of it. Start by setting the width control on low, then adjust the material flow for proper consistency. Apply the first coat using long up and down strokes from left to right, covering each section evenly before moving on to another section.

Allow 2 hours of drying time between coats so that all areas receive equal wear over time. When both coats are dry, add finishing touches such as hardware or motion detector lights for added functionality.

In no time at all, you'll have created a stunning transformation with just two days' worth of effort!

Trim Painting At The End

Giving your shed a makeover doesn't have to be complicated. Adding trim paint can really give it the extra oomph it needs!

Trim painting is an important step in any painting project, and it can make all the difference. You'll want to choose the best paint for your wooden garden shed, depending on its size and shape. A dark brown paint color or oil-rubbed bronze shade will work well with most colors.

To get started, use 180 grit sandpaper around a block to sand down the trim. Then, tape off any areas that you don't want to be painted. If you're feeling extra ambitious, consider removing the hardware altogether and spray painting it separately.

Once everything has been prepared, use a good-quality paintbrush or sprayer to apply your trim paint. With a brush, cut in around the edges of each piece of trim and then fill in the rest of them with smooth strokes. With a sprayer, move quickly but keep an even distance from each piece for even coverage. If needed, you can always go back over spots that need more attention later on. Allow about 90 minutes for this part of the job – not including drying time – before moving on to your next step!

Keep in mind that when using outdoor metallic spray paint, there's no need to prime first. Just ensure that everything is clean prior to application so you achieve an even finish without drips or runs.

Finally, add motion lights or new planters around your freshly painted shed for added safety and aesthetics. These simple steps will help transform your storage shed into something amazing!

Apply Exterior Paint on Hardware

Transform your outdoor space or home's exterior instantly by giving hardware a new look with a coat of paint. Painting the hardware on your fence, outdoor shed, or wood shed is a great way to create an inviting atmosphere. It's also easy to do when you follow these steps.

  1. Remove any existing hardware and tape off exposed wires.
  2. Decide if you want to paint the hardware separately or leave it on the structure while painting the trim. If you opt for removing and painting separately, use spray paint for easy removal.
  3. Apply several coats of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint or exterior grade paint for an attractive finish that will last season after season.

Finishing Touches

Once you've given your shed a fresh new look, it's time to add the finishing touches! Whether you're painting a shed for the first time or doing a complete makeover, there are several things you can do to take the look up a notch. Here are just some of them:

  • Install motion detector lights on the shed. Lantern-style and LED floodlight options will give your outdoor space an added level of security and sophistication.

  • Give the area more character with planters or flower boxes. Colorful flowers will bring life to your newly painted storage shed.

  • Touch up any blemishes with paint that matches the color used on the rest of the structure. A pressure washer may be necessary beforehand to remove any dirt and debris from surfaces before applying touch-up paint.

  • If desired, paint hardware that is still attached with exterior grade metallic spray paint in oil-rubbed bronze or other colors such as black or white for contrast against wood and siding materials.

  • Create a printable version of instructions for easy reference when needed in future years - this guide to painting a shed should come in handy!

With these simple yet effective steps, you'll have transformed an old outdoor storage shed into something charming and modern - all while following proper safety protocols!

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of paint should I use on my exterior wooden shed?

Exterior wooden sheds should be painted with exterior grade paint for fade and mold/mildew resistance. Consider using paint and primer in one, with a satin sheen for easy cleaning. A flat sheen is also available for a less shiny finish.

How much paint is needed for a shed?

Imagine transforming an old shed into a beautiful masterpiece. You'll need to know how much paint is needed to get the job done right. A 10x10 shed and 5x4 pool equipment enclosure typically require almost a whole gallon of paint, applied in three coats. 

Should I use primer on my outdoor shed?

Yes, you should use primer on your outdoor shed. Priming seals the surface and improves paint adhesion, so it's worth the extra time and effort. Without it, you may not get the results you want.

Are there any special techniques I should use for painting a shed?

Yes, there are special techniques to use when painting a shed. Sanding, priming, and using the right tools are essential for a smooth finish. Choose quality paint and primer for better coverage and adhesion. Tape off areas you don't want to be painted for sharp lines.

How long should I wait before painting a newly built shed?

Wait at least 48 hours after a shed is built before painting. A freshly painted shed can transform an outdoor space, adding beauty and value to your home!


Now that you've completed the project, stand back and admire your work! You have a freshly painted storage shed that looks like new. It's complete with motion detector lights and planters.

With a little patience and preparation, you can paint a storage shed in just two days. So, get out there and grab your supplies. Make your shed shine!

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