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How Often Does My Shed Need Treating?

Posted by Bart Tomczak on 03/08/2020 10:41

There are a number of excellent wood preserver products which are either solvent or oil-based and can be used on rough, sawn or smooth timbers that will soak deeply into the wood.

The application of wood treatments is simple to brush on or spray using a garden spray system.

Here BK Timber, we are the leading manufacturers of wooden gates plus bespoke products such as garden sheds and fencing, meaning we know plenty about treating timber to keep it looking spectacular.

How Long Does a Shed Take to Treat?

If you can get the task done in a day this will prove more cost-effective plus you can use a wood preservative on the inside of your shed for a belt-and-braces wood preserver job.

When treating the inside of the shed make sure it is well ventilated, and keep the windows and doors open throughout the treatment of the shed and drying.

For the treatment of new sheds, you should always use high-quality and water-resistant wood treatment. Using exterior oils and decking oils can offer increased protection if used over the top of a wood preservative. We would recommend waiting for between 24 and 48 hours before applying any oil-based products over the wood preservative.

Using Exterior Wood Dye for Sheds

Exterior wood stains and varnishes protect sheds, decking and any other type of exterior wood and usually have a semi-translucent matt finish and are available in a variety of natural colours.

They repel water and have UV filters and help to prevent your shed from going grey plus they work on hard on softwood and they are really easy to apply using a brush or roller.

Wood preserving paints are better for sheds than ordinary gloss paints that are flexible, resist cracking, peeling and flaking and do not require a primer or undercoat.

Treatments can also be painted over existing gloss paint or wood stain and once applied, left to dry for roughly 4 hours until it delivers an opaque finish. High-quality wood preserving paints will give your shed up to eight years of protection.

How to Apply Wood Treatment

Here is a simple three-step guide to treating your garden shed -

1. Preparation - Ignore this step if you are applying treatment to a new shed. For older sheds, giving it a cleanup then apply caulk, where required to cover all the gaps.
Making your shed waterproof is important to stop rain or snow getting in. If you are using a silicone-based caulk, you should wait a day or so after the sealant is applied to allow it to dry. Use sandpaper to chip away patchy or loose paint that could have been left behind from previous paint jobs.

2. Wood Primer Application - Now it is time to apply an oil-based primer which provides an extra layer of protection against the elements. The primer also makes it easier for you to spread the paint evenly.

3. Painting Your Shed - When the primer is dry you can apply the first coat of paint, in dry conditions that are above 5°C. Using a long-nap roller spread the paint with the grain of the wood and move around the shed to cover all of the building. It is now ready for the second and final, coat of paint which can be applied in the same way as the first with the paint distributed evenly.

Get in Touch with the Bespoke Joinery Specialists

If you need more advice about treating garden sheds, please contact BK Timber today.