DIY Guide to paint shed with Shed Paint

A durable wooden shed thanks to long-lasting shed paint

A wooden shed belongs to a cosy garden like an Aston Martin to the United Kingdom. It is practical in the first place, but also can be beautified to be a nice garden feature. To keep a garden shed in pristine state, shed paint helps you to make it beautiful and robust against all typical weather conditions we have in the UK.

In this brief guide on what shed paint to buy, and how to paint a shed, you learn about what makes a good shed paint that gives you a nice shed for many years.


Reasons for choosing the best shed paint

Apart from creating a great look for the gardeb shed, shed paints are designed to make that look durable. So they are designed to be UV-resistant to keep the colour, wheater-resistant, abrasion-resistant and temperature-resistant.

the best shed paint on wood shed in grey

Sheds can be painted with matte or satin outdoor paint to guarantee soft looks in almost any colour.

Shed paint and garden paint:

  • can easily give a new look to a shed,
  • fixes minor damage and signs of aging,
  • is available in many different finishes,
  • can be bought in many colours, or tinted into a custom shade.

Shed varnish and outdoor wod varnish:

  • gives a natural look, soaking into the wood,
  • colours wood slightly, leaving grain visible.

Buying tip: The more opaque a shed paint, the better its protection of the wood against UV- and weather influences, and wear and tear.


The best external wood paint products for sheds

Shed and fence paint products are offered by many external wood paint manufacturers in the UK. Here below you can find a selection of those products we consider exterior paint for wood that is perfect for sheds.

Cuprinol Garden Shades Silver Birch Matt 2.5L
Cuprinol Garden Shades
  • Silver Birch
  • Matt
  • 2.5L
Dulux Weathershield Oxford Blue High Gloss 2.5L
Dulux Weathershield
  • Oxford Blue
  • High Gloss
  • 2.5L
Ronseal Garden Paint Sage Matt 2.5L
Ronseal Garden Paint
  • Sage
  • Matt
  • 2.5L
Ronseal Woodstain Deep Mahogany Satin 2.5L
Ronseal Woodstain
  • Deep Mahogany
  • Satin
  • 2.5L
Ronseal Woodstain Antique Pine Satin 2.5L
Ronseal Woodstain
  • Antique Pine
  • Satin
  • 2.5L

How to paint a shed – Valuable tips on how to paint a shed

The following guide contains the most valuable upfront tips, followed by necessary tools and instructions about preparation and cleaning, and finally painting the shed.

Whether you choose for an outdoor wood paint, a stain or a varnish, keep in mind the following when painting a shed or fence:

  • Large or small area to paint – If you have a large area to cover, you might consider spraying as an application method to effectively coat your garden shed. A smaller shed, on the other hand, is best painted the traditional way with brush and roller.
  • No rain, no direct sun – Make sure no rain has been forecast for the time the paint is painted on the shed, still wet. Check also that the wet paint is not hit by direct sunlight.
  • No dripping – You are painting vertical exterior surfaces hence apply paint in multiple thin layers instead of one thick one to avoid ugly dripping.
  • Flat or Satin – You can choose from many different finishes, but a flat finish is always offers slightly less weather protection tan satin, semi-gloss, and glossy.

Step-by-step guide: shed painting

For shed painting you need to have the right tools, do proper preparation, and finally know how to paint your shed. Let’s have a look:

Tools and supplies you need to paint your garden shed

  • Shed paint or shed varnish
  • Ladder
  • Paint brush, 10 cm and 15 cm broad
  • Smaller paint brush (ca. 5 cm broad)
  • Painting roller with high pile
  • Extension poll for the roller to reach high
  • Cleaning rags
  • Masking tape
  • Sheeting or cardbord, carpet
  • Cleaning brush

Cleaning and preparation

  1. Remove all loose dirt and dust with a dry hand broom.
  2. Clean all the surfaces of the shed you want painted thouroughly with water and detergent if needed.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Tape off everything that must be protected from paint. Use masking tape and paper/cardboard /sheeting.
  5. Protect the ground surrounding the shed with cardboard or carpet.

Colouring the shed in your favourite colour

  1. After you have chosen your personal best shed paint colour that accents your garden, you can grab the small brush.
  2. Start painting edges, take your time and paint accurately, filling all panell edges, corners and trim edges.
  3. If you opt for a two-tone shed, meaning the trims get a different colour than the walls, start with the trims. Possible dripping paint can still be erased then.
  4. After the paint has dried, paint remaining surfacces with a roller or the broad brush.
  5. Remember to put on several thinner layers rather than one thick coat, if you are afraid of the paint dripping. In the end you want to achieve a high film thickness.
  6. If you want to fill minor flaws in the wood, use a high pile roller to smoothen out irregularities.
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