How to paint a shed

Shed Painting

Sheds can be more than just a practical storage unit on your property, they can be a key part of your backyard landscaping. It is critical to take good care of the storage shed and make sure it is maintained over the years. Make your shed look great by following these simple steps.

Tools & Materials

Like any project, you will need the right tools and supplies to do the job right the first time. Because the sooner you finish the sooner you can get on with well, anything you want.

Hose or Pressure washer


Replacement boards

Hammer & Nails


Masking tape

Drop cloth


Exterior paint

Extension cord

Safety glasses


Preparing and cleaning the surface is one of the most important parts of the staining process. Follow these simple steps to ensure your job looks great and lasts for years to come.

Step 1 - Surface Prep

Surface preparations are critical to every painting project. It is important to remove all debris, dirt and loose paint prior to priming or painting. This step allows the paint to properly adhere to the surface for better protection and longer durability. Scrape, and pressure wash all the old paint and debris. To remove the paint, the Wagner PaintEater does a great job and is fast, so it will save valuable time.

Step 2 - Repair and Replace

Repair or replace any loose or damaged boards prior to pressure washing.

Step 3 - Pressure Wash

When pressure washing, spray in a steady, consistent pattern to avoid missing any spots and cleaning some areas multiple times. To be efficient don’t move while spraying. Keep the sprayer 10-12″ away from the surfaces and move at a steady pace.

Step 4 - Drying

Allow the surface to dry at least 24 hours.

Step 5 - Mask Off

Mask off any areas you don’t want to be covered with primer or paint such as the metal trim, hinges, locks etc.


Now that you've completed the prep work, you're ready to begin staining.

Step 1 - Priming

A primer provides good protection, especially if it is new bare wood. Using a Wagner ProCoat, keep the sprayer 10-12” from the surface, working in a consistent pattern. Overlap each spray pattern about 30 percent to have even coverage.

Step 2 - Drying

Allow the primer to dry. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 3 - Painting

Using a Wagner sprayer, keep the sprayer 10-12″ from the surface, working in a consistent pattern. Complete the trim.

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