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Old 07-12-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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Weather Protection for Shed

Well I just got my shed finished and it looks great! I love the natural wood look, though I know I can't leave it that way.....the rain and snow will wreak havoc with it!

What do most of you do? Stain it, Paint it, put Thompson's Waterseal on it? I'm so tired of painting everything, but if that's the best way to go, so be it.

Also, no need to wait to paint or stain T111 is there? It's not like PT that needs some time to "dry out"?
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Tinted stain or even a solid stain, at least two coats would be my vote.
Your going to find because the backside of the shed is so close to the ground your going to get splash back and some wood rot and mold over time.
Now would be the time to get it higher above grade.
I also would add a piece of vinyl cove moulding at the top of the piece of trim on the bottom of the door set in a bed of caulking.
Reason being is I have neve once seen a shed door with wood trim not rot out because of water just getting in behind it, Cove will give it a slope for water to run off.
We only use Vinyl lumber for trim when building a shed, yes it cost more but you only pay once.


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i'm w/ joe. i put solid stain on my T111 house 30 yrs ago, and have only redone it once. and, yes, i'd elevate that shed, as said.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:44 PM   #4
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Don't ever use Thompson's Water Seal. It is a wax based product and will cause you problems. You will be lucky to get a season of protection.

In choosing a sealer or stain decide on what you want the wood to look like, how much of its natural color and texture you want showing through, etc.
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:23 PM   #6
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Woodscapes from Sherwin Williams is da bomb on projects like this. Solid color, durable, you'll be glad you used it.


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