Treating and Painting a Wood Shed
LESLIE: Janice in South Carolina, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
JANICE: Yes. I have bought a new outside storage shed-type building, you know? You get it at the big-box stores? And I wanted to know how you can – what’s the best way to treat the exterior wood to keep it lasting longer? And also maybe the inside – the wood inside – the best thing to do for it.
TOM: Is it made of pressure-treated lumber, Janice?
JANICE: They call it – well, it’s got lumber on the trim and then the other, they call that “smart siding”? And that’s the side of the walls and stuff are – on the outside – smart siding?
TOM: OK. So has it been painted?
JANICE: No, no. It’s just raw wood.
TOM: OK. So what we would do is we’d recommend that you prime that lumber before painting or staining it. And then after you prime it, then you could add a couple of coats of either good-quality exterior paint or good-quality exterior stain.
You don’t necessarily have to do anything to the inside as long as it’s watertight. But I would definitely work on the outside before it gets any colder out.
JANICE: OK. Alright. Alright. Thank you.
TOM: Alright? Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.