Your steel shed can last for ages and withstand the elements. But even the most durable shed material needs some periodic inspection and maintenance. And when it comes to your steel farm shed, painting is one of the surest ways of ensuring that.
The thing is, steel sheds are pretty easy to maintain. You don't even need to spend big. There are many ways you can help make your shed last longer and give it a new look. Painting it is the way.
Can You Paint A Steel Shed?
Yes, you can paint your steel shed. You can choose to hire a professional or do it yourself. Painting a steel shed is quite simple. It doesn't require any special skills.
First, you find the correct paint to use. Oil-based or lacquer-based paints are the best options for your NZ farm shed. These paints work great with the rust neutralizer. However, it would help if you primed your shed before applying these paints.
What Kind Of Paint Can I Use For My Steel Shed?
The best paint options for farm steel sheds in NZ remain between oil-based and lacquer-based paint. Although some may argue that latex paints are generally suitable for metal sheds, your steel shed is better off with oil-based or lacquer-based paints.
Tools You'll Need To Paint Your Farm Shed.
Suppose you've ever considered painting your steel shed. Here are the tools you'd need to get the job done.
Step By Step Guide To Steel Shed Painting
Like every other painting job, you've to prepare before rushing off with your primer or paint. Preparation here means cleaning out the surface of the shed.
Before applying a primer or a paint to your shed, you've to clean up the whole surface with warm water and detergent. You can also use a cloth or a sponge with an abrasive end. Either of these is enough to get rid of all the dirt or grit on your shed. If your shed has chipping paint, get rid of it by sandblasting it.
After cleaning your shed, allow it to dry. You can only prime or paint on a dry surface.
Without cleaning your shed, the primer and paint won't be on your shed for long. If you want to paint your shed, always clean it before anything else.
Inspect Your Shed
After washing, inspect your steel shed for signs of any possible damage, including dents, holes, or cracks. If you notice any of these, you should fix the problem as soon as possible.
Using a wire brush, remove all rust surfaces. If there are any cracks or holes, fill up the spots with any filler material. After doing that, rewash the surfaces, and allow them to dry before moving over to applying the primer.
After cleaning the shed and fixing any possible problems, you apply your primer. The shed primer helps prevent the shed material from rusting and binds the paint to the shed.
While applying a primer, prime the shed according to the manufacturer's instructions. You can get that from the container of the primer.
To further reduce the chances of your shed rusting, apply the primer more than once.
Paint Your Shed
Next is for you to paint your shed. However, it is not that simple. What you choose to paint your shed and how you go about applying the paint matters a lot. As a rule of thumb, not all types of paintwork work well with a steel shed. Also, never paint with rollers.
Your steel shed is better off with either water-based paint (specially formulated to inhibit rusting) or lacquer-based paint. You can also apply your paint with a brush or paint gun (sprayer).
When To Paint My Shed
It goes without saying that if you want to do any painting job, you need to choose a bright and dry day. It makes no sense to paint your shed in the middle of rain or high wind. Doing so is just stressful, and you may end up wasting materials. Always pick a day with nice weather to do your shed painting.
If you want to invest far less in shed maintenance, always go for the best available steel shed.
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