Painting the inside of the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TallJ, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. TallJ

    TallJ Out Of The Brooder

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    We recently purchased a coop for our chickens. The fence is nearly done and the girls are more than ready to go outside! I don't want to ruin the wood, as we want to have this coop last years and years! The inside is unfinished wood, I was thinking if painting it so I can scrub is down/protect the wood. Any suggestions on what paint to use? I'd hate to paint and then find out "Oh, that isn't safe for chickens."

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  2. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A high gloss white works nice, the glossier the more durable. It makes for easier clean up you might want to put a piece of vinyl on the floor or sticky tiles so you can give I a good cleaning when needed.
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A coat of primer and two coats of exterior gloss paint will give you the best protection for the wood and ease of cleaning.

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  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I put up a coat of Zinsser primer for mildew prevention and then two coats of an exterior semigloss. I'd suggest looking at the mistints pile for good paint at a low price.
     
  5. TallJ

    TallJ Out Of The Brooder

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    I figured glossy for cleanability, but would water or oil based be safer?
     
  6. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I used oil-based. Heavy fumes for a day, lingering stink for a few days. If you have the time to air it out, not a problem. If you only have 24 hours, go low-odor latex. I just think the oil-based holds up better and makes a nicer finish when you're brushing a glossy paint so when I saw it cheap, I grabbed it.
     

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