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BoxAlarm 05-08-2012 06:36 PM

Painting a shed
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Have this shed outside in my backyard, needs some tender loving care. Goal is to have a fresh coat on soon.

Here's some pics of it. My pressure washer has removed some, but not all, of the old paint. I imagine all that old paint needs to be removed before I put paint on it.

How should I sand this damn thing?

Thunder Chicken 05-08-2012 06:41 PM

You don't need to strip every last bit of paint off. It looks like T-111 paneling. If it survived a power washer the existing paint is on there pretty well.

Scrape off anything that may appear loose, clean it, let it dry completely, prime and paint.

BoxAlarm 05-08-2012 06:44 PM

Any good advice on how much paint to remove?

Thunder Chicken 05-08-2012 07:03 PM

If the existing paint is really sticking there is no reason to remove it. Just take off whatever falls off with a light scraping. If nothing comes off, you're done and ready to prime and paint.

joecaption 05-08-2012 08:56 PM

Good time to concider going over it with vinyl siding and not have to deal with the peeling paint and rot that you will have at some point.

PS, make sure you prime it all before painting it.

BoxAlarm 05-08-2012 09:00 PM

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I like the wood actually. I'm cool with a little maintenance in exchange for the look.

BoxAlarm 05-08-2012 09:22 PM

This might sound dumb but what's the best way to sand this t1-11 siding? Paper? Random orbit? I have a belt sander too.

Windows 05-09-2012 12:00 AM

I would get a box of 80 or 100 grit paper and go with a random orbital sander.

chrisn 05-09-2012 03:51 AM

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Before sanding ,get one of these and use it, it will save a lot on sand paper.

BoxAlarm 05-09-2012 04:16 AM

What the heck is it?

chrisn 05-09-2012 04:36 PM

carbide paint scraper

Gymschu 05-09-2012 05:20 PM

Glad to hear you're painting the T-111. It actually paints up pretty well. Only other thing you might consider is putting gutters on your shed or some sort of gravel splash zone for the rain runoff. When rainwater splashes up near the bottom of the shed, that really does a number on the wood on the lower half of the shed.

BoxAlarm 05-11-2012 09:51 PM

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Ok so Ive power washed this t1-11 siding. Here's the result. I'm going to take my random orbital sander to it in a couple days when it dries a little. The remaining paint is pretty engrained.

How "smooth" should the wood be in preparation for primer?

ltd 05-11-2012 10:34 PM

imho your over prepping:eek: . take a scraper over it a few times with medium pressure, you can also take a wire brush to the groves,finish off with a palm sander.don't worry about removing all the paint ,just the loose if you want you could brush on a product called peel stop.this will glue down the edges of the peeling paint ,but i think this might be over kill also .ok so scrape ,give it a quick sand ,bonding primer oil or latex then paint .this will give you a lasting paint job .personally i would not be restoring T11 sideing but i cant say your wrong for doing it:thumbsup:

BoxAlarm 05-11-2012 10:48 PM

Well I consider myself without an option truthfully. It's a 20yr shed. I think a new coat of primer and paint would help out tremendously. I'll surround the shed with a rock bed to curb any organics growing back onto the material, and to aid with moisture accumulation.

Just out of curiosity.. I've heard several people infer that this isn't something they'd normally do ie: the T1-11 isn't worth repainting. So, if you wouldn't repaint it, what WOULD you do?

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