Metal Shed Painting Advice

Hi all,
We recently moved to our house. The Garden shed there seem OK except the edges are getting rust because it was placed simply over soil. I am getting concreting done this week and planning to paint it before re-installation. I am not sure what type of material shed is made of and what type of paint I will need ..

Photo of Shed :



  • +3

    "looks like" galvanised iron. metal primer and top coat (maybe a combined no primer paint). important to be sure it is clean prior painting (as with any paint application).
    larger area with shape usually means spraying, but given proximity to house I would brush it on

    • +3

      Only thing I would add is start with a rust converter to treat the rust then clean, prime, paint.

  • As per nugs above but I have many questions.

    Why 4 jumpers on the roof?
    Why permanent writing on the panels?

    • Why 4 jumpers on the roof?

      I can only see two.

      Where are the other two ?

      • +1

        On the other side. One might be a rag.

        • On the other side.

          I see them now… thanks…

          • @jv: On review the other item might be something in the neighbours yard. Hmmmmm

            • +1

              @MS Paint: More likely there are two naked tradies running around the back yard.

    • Lolz, Concreting tradies hung them there

  • It doesn't seem to be anchored very well….

    Might be very dangerous in high winds…

    • +1

      I'm guessing it has been relocated and awaiting the new concrete slab before refixing.

  • +2

    I am getting concreting done this week

    Make sure you lay some conduit to the shed before concreting if you decide to add power at a later date…

    • LPT

    • How much would an electrician charge these days for running conduit to that shed and add in PowerPoints and a light?

      • Just run the conduit yourself and get the electrician to connect the power…

        There are no laws about who can dig trenches in your own yard.

        • Just the minimum depth for the conduit.

          • -1

            @Dslrfirst: Yes, but you don't need a licence to dig it.

        • sometimes the electrician wont sign off that its deep enough as they didnt do it themselves…..yeah I tried to tell them its pretty easy to see the start and end…..its not I doglegged it up …….

          guess they're paranoid someone did as they couldnt be stuffed digging a really long deep trench.

          all depends on who you get, they'll probably just not sign it off as compliant?

          • @whatthecrappin:

            sometimes the electrician wont sign off that its deep enough as they didnt do it themselves…

            Can't they use a tape measure?

  • +3

    i would just spot treat any rusty areas and leave the rest alone

    • +4

      Agreed. Once you paint it, it will need painting again in a few years.

      • Electro-dip painting ?

  • +2

    Wire brush then spray with some spray galv. Job done leave it at that.

  • +2

    Pretty sure it’s made of zincalume, I can’t see any rust so it must be pretty small area? Anyway, you should remove the rust with a wire brush as much as possible, then apply a metal primer (eg dulux precision primer), then top coat. Choose a grey colour that matches the metal.

    Make sure that when they install the slab, they use damp proof course under (normally thin orange plastic) to stop water rising up. I would also recommend you install damp proof course (thicker black plastic) under your shed walls on top of the slab so if water rise up, the plastic acts as a barrier

    • The rest is appearing at the edges where it was in contact with the ground.

  • +1

    I don’t see any rust, I do see tradie jackets, the owner of the acket will know what to do.

  • +1

    Quick easy solution: sand off the rust, hand paint or spray paint with Dulux Metashield. Comes in most Colourbond colours. No need to prime. Looks good.

    • i think thats what i am gona do. thanks mate

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