Tips for Sealing an Equipment Shed
A shed can be a gardener's best friend, however also an eye sore once it's weathered. It's easy enough to keep a shed nice during the summer, but how do you keep Mother Nature from taking her toll during the winter? By winterizing your shed, that's how. Follow these tips to learn how to seal up your shed for the long winter ahead.
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Protect – The first thing you want to do is protect your grass, lawn, or shrubbery around the shed. Sealant and protectors can be harmful to anything organic, so make sure you lay down painter's cloth before you start.
Scrub Down – Sealing a shed is much like painting a room. Before you can apply the sealant, you must first remove any dirt, loose paint or stain, and caked mud. To do this, you'll need to scrub down the shed, vigorously, in order to remove the caked dirt and dust. After you're confident that all the dirt has fallen away, make sure you give it a good rinse. The rinse will knock off any remaining dirt particles and will remove any fine layer of dust that you couldn't scrub off. Dry the shed with a hand towel to keep pollen and dust from re-settling on the clean surface and then let it air dry until all moisture has evaporated.
Purchase Sealant and Protector – The next step is to actually purchase the sealant or protector. Choose the sealant or protector that is best for the material your shed is made of. For example, if your shed is made mostly of wood, then choose a sealant that is going to protect the shed from water damage, mildew, and UV radiation. If your shed is made of metal, make sure the sealant will protect the shed from rust and UV rays. Most sealant products will specify which material they should be used on.
Apply Sealant and Protector – Applying the sealant and protector is as easy as painting a fence. Pour the sealant into a roller pan and make sure to tape off door handles and window frames as to not get sealant where it doesn't belong. Next, simply roll the paint roller or paint brush in the sealant and evenly coat the entire shed. After you're finished, simply let it dry, remove the painter's paint from the windows and door knobs, and pick up the painter's cloth you put down over plants and shrubs. Now your shed is ready for winter!
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