If you are planning on painting a garden building that has been in your garden for a while, you should never run a brush in it without cleaning it thoroughly. One option is to scrub all dirt, mud, and cobwebs using only bleach and water, rinsing bleach afterwards.
4. Smooth Down the Surface
Before painting your building, make sure that every part of its exterior surface has been smoothed down. Check for any loose or rusted nails and seal or change them immediately.
If you find any nail holes or cracks, fill them up as this sticks better to paint than raw wood. Use an elastomeric, paintable caulk, for the most long-lasting option. Then, allow the surface to glaze over for more than a day before painting.
5. Mix Multiple Cans of Paint
To achieve a well-painted timber building, there are a few techniques you need to know. First, don’t hesitate to paint a test area to see if you are happy with the colour and if the product works well on the surface.
It is also best, to begin with painting the windows and edges first, followed by any vertical uprights. You can then continue painting the garden building in sections from top to bottom, brushing along the grain of the timber. Pay special attention to any exposed areas of end grain timber as this is where rot most likely grows.
Avoid overloading your brush too, to create an evenly painted surface. You can consider applying a second coat anyway if you want a deeper colour. On a normal weather condition, you will need to wait 2-4 hours between coats.
8. Prevent Paint From Drying Out
Generally, paint can be expensive, so we do not want any of it wasted. And, one of the common problems we encounter in storing the remaining amount is seeing it all dried up when it’s time to use it again.
Fortunately, you can prevent such from happening by keeping air from coming into contact with the surface of the paint. This is what causes the paint from drying out. You can do so by using some golf balls to fill the gap between the paint and the lid. You can also put some plastic wrap underneath the lid and then store the can upside-down.