How to Paint a Rusty Metal Shed

We needed a place to store lawn equipment, paint, and general homeowner stuff, so Adam’s parents offered us an old metal shed that was on their property.

Now, the most important thing to remember when painting a rusty metal shed is NOT to do it in late July in South Texas. Just stay inside, enjoy your air conditioning, and wait till Fall. Since my shed was only lightly rusted I decided sanding it wasn’t necessary and chose to wash it with TSP instead.

I’m now going to become one of those people that sings its praises, because the stuff is magic. MAGIC I tell you. It comes in powder form, you mix it with warm water, get to scrubbing, and the dirt and rust come pouring off. Literally.

So much better already, right? I had other prep planned for the shed, but after cleaning it with TSP I decided that it was good to go. Next up was to prime the shed, I used Behr® Premium Plus® Exterior Multi-Surface Primer and Sealer.

I also decided to bust out my paint sprayer. I had never used a paint sprayer before (so many firsts in this post!) and was hoping it would make painting the shed go really quickly.

The paint sprayer was awesome. Seriously, it took me no time at all the paint the whole shed, and the finish was smooth and beautiful.

I used Behr® Marquee™ (in Oat Straw 740C-3) for painting the shed, which is meant for outdoor things that are going to get abused and ignored.

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