painting the inside

chick'n'run

In the Brooder
10 Years
Feb 18, 2009
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so i was planning with my dad for my coop-to-be, and i said we needed to paint it too, inside and out. He said that it was fine to paint the outside, but he didn't think we needed to paint the inside.
What do i do?
 

chickflick

Crowing
15 Years
Mar 10, 2007
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It's what you prefer. I like it painted. I guess I feel I sealed the wood a bit so that mites can't hide as well. Looks nicer. Maybe lasts longer. I'm sure plenty have unpainted coops and do well.
 

The Chicken Lady

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Apr 21, 2008
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West Michigan
It looks nicer to have it painted inside, but it's not necessary.

Perhaps your dad is thinking about the cost of painting both indoors and out. If you aren't too particular about color, you can often get cans of "mistake" paint very inexpensively from a hardware store. Try looking at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore store, too, if you have one in your area.
 

CityChook

Songster
11 Years
Apr 9, 2008
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Prime first. If you have paint, then for sure do the interior. It will be so much easier to keep clean. If you buy paint, get exterior grade, preferably in a semi-gloss. It holds up to weather fluxuation and will be much sturdier. Make sure you do the floor too. But seriously, prime first.
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
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Ontario, Canada
What CityChook said. It is MUCH EASIER to get poo off of painted than nekkid plywood. I'd use semigloss, preferably some sort of light color to brighten the interior of the coop for the chickens' benefit. Prime first!!

Have fun,

Pat
 

crazyhen

Crowing
11 Years
Aug 26, 2008
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Years back we did not paint due to the lead in the paint. But now the paint is safer and I too think it would clean better if it is gloss or semigloss. Jean
 

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