Painting sheds & fences

The wooden features in your garden need looking after to keep them at their best. You might need to protect from weathering, refresh for summer or give your outdoor space a new contemporary look.

Treatments protect your fences and sheds against the affects of rain, frost and sun. They are a cost effective way to prolong the longevity of your fence or sheds. We have a wide range to choose from, from bright vibrant tones to natural traditional shades.

  • How to paint a shed or fence

    What you'll need

    • Protective clothing & dustsheets
    • Medium/stiff bristled hand brush
    • Household cleaner & bucket
    • Anti-fungal solution
    • Masking tape & newspaper
    • Hose
    • Selection of shed and fence brushes - 2", 5" or a paint sprayer
    • Shed & fence stain
    • Brush cleaner or solvent

    Safety first

    Cleaning solutions and paint products may contain harmful chemicals. In addition, cleaning painted surfaces can create a lot of dust, so be sure to wear protective clothing including goggles, gloves, and a face mask at all times.

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  • Step 1: Clean the area

    Use a medium to stiff bristled hand brush to brush the surface to remove any surface dirt

    If the surfaces have a build up of dirt and algea then scrub them with a general diluted household cleaner. Rinse with water then allow to dry. For areas with lots of moss, use an anti-fungal solution. Always read the instructions of the product prior to use.

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  • Step 2: Repair damage

    Repair any damage such as loose panels and wood that has rotten.

    Top tip

    Taking a break? Stop brushes or rollers drying out by wrapping them in cling film. If you make the wrap as airtight as possible, they will remain soft overnight.

  • Step 3: Protect from splashes and spills

    Remove any old creepers or vegetation and tie back any climbing
    plants or shrubs.

    Protect your paving, decking and plants using dustsheets, protect
    yourself with a painting overall.

    Mask off windows, handles and locks with masking tape then use plastic sheeting or old newspapers to stop them getting covered in paint.

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  • Choosing paints

    Some timber treatments are suitable for all types of wood others are only suitable for rough sawn timber (typically used on sheds and fences) so be sure to check the manufacturers instructions to make sure your using the right product for the job.

    Choosing colours: Not only do we have traditional natural colours but also more vibrant colours to choose from.

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  • Step 4: Applying the timber treatment

    Always read the instructions of the product prior to use, check for drying times and aim to paint the timber when you have good dry weather.

    Apply your chosen colour starting from the top and finishing at the base of the section. Use a small brush to apply stain or paint to hard to reach areas and the ends of the wood, as these areas are most susceptible to rot and deterioration.

    Alternatively use a paint sprayer for a much quicker way of painting.

    Follow the instructions for the number of coats required. Leave each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next.

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  • Last step: Finishing up

    Remaining paints, stains and oils should be stored or disposed of
    according to their individual instructions. Do not empty down drains.

    Remove as much of the product from the brushes, rollers or paint pads
    before cleaning.

    If you have used water-based paints, simply wash with water. Work a little
    soap into them, rinse them clean and leave them to dry.

    If you have used oil or solvent-based paints or stains, simply clean with
    a solvent such as white spirit.

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    Top tip

    Resting brushes in a jar for any length of time is certain to ruin them, so suspend the brush, or use a specially designed cleaning tub.