How to stain a shed/ summerhouse
Things You’ll Need
- Electric or hand sander
- Foam brush, staining pad or nylon paint brush.
- What type of finish do you want?
Solid stain is the longest lasting and hides wood grain.
Semi-solid stain offers good UV blockage and hides most of the wood grain.
Semi-transparent stains let the beauty of the wood grain show through.
Oil –based stains.
Oil-based stains are good for harsh conditions, penetrate the wood the best and are very durable. The drawbacks are that oil-based stains take a long time to dry, are flammable, encourage mildew growth and can harm the environment.
Consider the safe alternative of water-based stains. They’re mildew resistant, provide longer-lasting colour, produce less fumes and odour, and are non-flammable and an excellent choice to cover rot-resistant type of wood.
*The bonus is ease of clean-up with soap and water.
*Water-based stains are an all-around environmentally friendly choice.
Prepare the surface to be stained.
Remove any previous paint, stain, mildew, sand, dust and debris. Sand the surface if needed, and then wash the surface using a detergent designed to clean wood surfaces.
- Allow the shed to dry- a sunny day is best!
- Apply the stain evenly
Use a foam brush, staining pad or nylon paint brush. Work quickly over one entire wall of the shed, covering it evenly.
Be sure to finish one entire wall of the shed before taking a break to ensure flawless coverage and no over-lapping lines.
Repeat the process over the entire shed until it has been completely covered. Apply a second or third coat as necessary for optimal protection from the elements.
*Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for best results.