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MARKakaJIM

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Just sand it back a bit, as long as you get enough new paint to cover the colour there's no harm having that underneath.
 

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Ok guys, given the sanding discussion…... all advice on this one very much appreciated.

So, the shed. Initially planned on binning it and starting again with a new one as thought this was rotten, but looking closely at it it’s in better nick than first thought and could be made to look really nice. The inside is in very good order and the external wood pretty good too, bar some very scruffy paintwork. The astronomical cost of replacing it plays a part, plus would quite enjoy the process of making this one look good again.

Figured the only way realistically to tackle this is to sand the whole thing by hand, a quick rub down with coarse sandpaper to give the new paint a key and then just get on and paint it, but not sure if that would suffice. Getting the thing back to bare wood would be an absolute ball ache but hopefully not necessary? Quite happy to put some work in but it is a shed and not a Chippendale cabinet to be fair. Open to a colour change or keeping it much the same whichever is the most practical. Will think about some slabs/a path in time but that’s for another day.

Piece of cake or a nightmare?

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I wouldn't be replacing that with another shed it looks absolutely fine. Just key it up and paint it.
 

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I'd just paint straight over it!
 

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I’d put a couple of large potted plants either side of the door to hide the dodgy paintwork and not worry about it again till next year.
 

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Look after it this summer and you have yourself a good few fires for the winter. A nice weekend treat of keeping warm without spending thousands
 

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A quick coarse hand sand and on with the Cuprinol it is then. Weather looks passable for the next few days so let’s see what happens.
Thanks for the replies, much appreciated.
 

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A quick coarse hand sand and on with the Cuprinol it is then. Weather looks passable for the next few days so let’s see what happens.
Thanks for the replies, much appreciated.
Show us the results when you're done mate.
 

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A quick coarse hand sand and on with the Cuprinol it is then. Weather looks passable for the next few days so let’s see what happens.
Thanks for the replies, much appreciated.
Cuprinol ? Are you painting it or staining it ? Be careful if using a stain as a lot of them are translucent and you'll see whatever is on the surface underneath.
 

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Cuprinol ? Are you painting it or staining it ? Be careful if using a stain as a lot of them are translucent and you'll see whatever is on the surface underneath.

Cuprinol Shades, it says ‘Paint’ on the tin. It’s a really good point though, I did the decking in April and got myself into a right state with the oil/stain/paint conundrum. Didn’t appear to have any paint on it so just jet-washed and used Toolstation‘s ‘No nonsense deck stain’ and it came up a treat. Seems pretty durable too. The shed clearly has paint on it so just have to go like-for-like and hope for good coverage. To be honest doesn’t have to be perfect, a general uplift will do.
 

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Well I ignored all advice and went down the manual route, I couldn’t make my kind up on a mouse sander and an orbital was too big for the work in the bedrooms. It’s been painful so far but I’m absolutely chuffed with the results.
All the door frames, architrave and skirting had massive build ups of paint from previous tenants and I only glossed over what was there when we moved in as I didn’t have time. Now all the woodwork is nearly at a point of some fine grade sanding and staining, not that I’m doing that I’ll be glossing but that’s how well they’ve turned out. Really happy with it. It’ll look like new when it’s finished instead of horrible fifty year old stuff.
My skills with a tub of filler are something to behold as well!
 

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Sorry bit late to the party on this but I tend to use a heat gun to strip old gloss work off, worth the investment if youve got a fair bit to do. Can be quite satisfying then just a light sand down is needed.

By the sounds of it you've got yourself sorted though
 

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Sorry bit late to the party on this but I tend to use a heat gun to strip old gloss work off, worth the investment if youve got a fair bit to do. Can be quite satisfying then just a light sand down is needed.

By the sounds of it you've got yourself sorted though
Yeah I used a heat gun to strip the paint. Did me a favour really as I burnt all the edges of the carpet stripping the skirting, it's all being replaced so just makes it easier to move out the way to gloss the skirting. Fucking stunk though.
 

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Good man, hopefully all the prep work you've put in will pay off in the end finish, it usually does. It's just the easy option to put another coat of paint on, after about 5 or 6 coats of gloss things start looking awful imo.
 

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Good man, hopefully all the prep work you've put in will pay off in the end finish, it usually does. It's just the easy option to put another coat of paint on, after about 5 or 6 coats of gloss things start looking awful imo.
Yeah it will look ace once it's done. It's needed doing for years but I knew it was a big messy job and just didn't have the time. Absolutely determined to get it done now, just three skirtings left to finish in the main bedroom then on with the painting. I'm not that bothered about the the back room as when all my stuff's in there you won't see the skirting anyway.
The paint build up was horrendous, lumps and bumps everywhere, everything's got nice, clean flat lines now and some subtle chamfers on all the edges, Dulux one coat will take to it like shit to a blanket.
 

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Before, during and after.

Quick rub down by hand, two coats of Cuprinol paint, new latch and hinges. A few bits of soft wood and a little wear and tear here and there, but should be good for some time yet. Quite an enjoyable process too so overall have to be quite happy with that.

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You could have at least painted the door hinges all the same colour.
 

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You could have at least painted the door hinges all the same colour.

I toyed with that and could’ve just left the old ones on, but wanted to square the door up a bit which was easier with new hinges. Thought the unpainted hinges helped with the new look, but y’know, maybe not. They’ll get painted over next time anyway cos the bastards are not coming off again!
 
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