FAQ: What Is The Best Type Of Paint For Your New Shed?

weather damage

This is what an improperly painted shed can look like after a few years.

The first thing you need to do is to paint your new shed. Paint serves 2 functions.

  • The first is to make your shed look good.
  • The second and most important is to protect your shed.

Paint is a barrier against the elements that keeps water and the sun from damaging the wood. It is a protective coating.

I recommend buying the best paint possible. Cheap paint saves money in the short run but you will have to repaint more often. And it’s my experience repainting gets put off and often times never done. I have seen poorly painted sheds go to ruin in 3 to 5 years due to neglect. So an expensive paint will pay for it’s self in the long run.

Caulking covers the large gaps that paint can’t cover. Then you paint the caulk to protect it too.

So give your new shed 2 coats of the best paint you can find. The better the paint the longer it will last which means time and money saved on repainting in the years ahead.

Spraying is OK for the first coat, and for under the eaves. But for best results you need to roll the final coat on and take extra effort to cover all seams and nail heads.

A good quality paint will last 5 to 10 years. Keep a close eye on it as it gets older and re caulk and re paint well before any weather damage happens.

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