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Buying a Wooden Shed for the Garden

Apr 2, 2008
If you own any kind of wooden sheds that are now available it is important to remember that you will regularly need to restain it. By doing this you will be ensuring that not only the shed but the contents inside is well protected at all times. In this article we look at what one needs to do in order to ensure that the wood of your shed remains in good condition.

As you will soon discover either by visiting your local DIY store or searching online that there are many different kinds of exterior finishes one can use for covering a shed. But what you choose depends on what kind of finish you want and what color it is you would like your shed to be.

1. Before you can recover the wood on your shed you need to ensure that you have the right equipment for the job. If you can get yourself a power washer, an electric sander and something with which to apply the exterior finish to it. Most people will use either a foam brush, a staining pad or a nylon paintbrush. Also you will need to get your stain and you can choose between either a solid or semi-solid one. Solid ones hide the grain of the wood and are extremely durable, whereas the semi-solid stains allow some of the wood grain to show through.

2. Once you have chosen between semi-solid or solid stain you next need to decide whether you want to use an oil or water based one. An oil based stain is far better for those places where the elements are somewhat harsh as they protect the wood because it can penetrate further into it. But the water-based ones are far safer for you to use and are resistant to mildew growing on them also the color of the stain lasts longer.

3. After you have brought your stain you can now start to prepare the shed so that it can be applied. First off you should use the electric sander to help remove all the old stain or paint that is on your shed and once this is done you then need to wash it down with the power washer. If you can either buy or hire a power washer that is used specifically for washing items that are made from wood.

4. Once you have washed the walls of your shed down thoroughly you now need to give it time to dry out completely, otherwise the stain will not adhere to the surface properly. It is a good idea therefore, to wash the shed down on a day, which is hot and sunny.

5. Only have the wood on the shed has dried out completely can you now start to apply the stain you have chosen. It is best if you do one wall at a time make sure that you cover the surface of it evenly and quickly with the stain to prevent any kind of overlapping to occur. This will then help to ensure that the finish of each coat is flawless.

6. After you have applied the first coat of stain you need to let this dry and the carry out the step above for a second time. You may even find that some wooden sheds require a third coat of stain in order to provide them with optimum protection from the elements. Plus it is a good idea that you read the manufacturer's recommendations regarding how many coats of stain to cover your shed in, as this will ensure that you get the best results possible.
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It can be difficult when choosing one of the various wooden sheds available at online shops, but following the steps above should help you decide. Garden sheds can be very useful in the garden as well as blending in with the scenery.
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