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Does anyone know how to successfully keep paint on a shed, please? After a couple of years, the paint is peeling off - good brand treatment used in dark oak.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 9,897

    Hi Janet, a lot depends on what the wood was originally treated with.  In general nothing will stick well to anything which has been varnished for example, unless he varnish was sanded off first.  Water-based paints don't work well over oil-based stains either.

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 15,138

    We used Cuprinol Shades, Willow, but there are lots of colours. It was painted on bare wood and is now 2 years old, no sign of peeling, still looks new.



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  • HaisieHaisie Posts: 108

    Thank you very much for your advice - I think I will have to do a bit of sanding!

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,376

     Janet  these new water based paints seem to have a plastic- y consistency  when  they're dry . I've noticed when I take the lids off there's sometimes a long stretchy thread of  it where it's dried round the lid. I've got a bench here which was left by the previous owner and it's exactly  like you describe. I'm going to strip it all off with a paint scraper then re treat it. It may have been originally done with an oil based paint as Bob says. Perhaps you'd have to do the same with yours, and maybe sand it as well before you re  paint. That might be the best solution. All the new wood I've painted recently seems fine but at my last house we spent ages painting a new run of intricate trellis with Ronseal paint and it looked quite poor after a few months. We think the paint didn't get time to cure properly before the wet autumn and winter.The oil based paints are far better but most of them seem to be water soluble now.


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  • HaisieHaisie Posts: 108

    Fairygirl - What a great reply - thanks. It's Ronseal dark oak, apparently with added wax to last 5 years. I think my only solution is to sand it down. I don't know whether the treatment is oil or water soluble.

  • HaisieHaisie Posts: 108

    Busy-Lizzie, I'm envious of your shed!

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,376

    It'll tell you on the tin Janet where it says about cleaning the brushes. If yours has an added wax in it I'd guess it might be oil based. Anything put on top of it will probably just slide off. Seems ludicrous that it's got  wax so that it's protecting it for 5 years - but it's coming off! Not a great bargain when you assume you're saving  yourself more work is it?

    Definitely not doing what it says on the tin!!

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