How To Paint A Gazebo (Expert Advice)

If you’re looking to give your gazebo a new look, painting is a great option! You can paint the entire surface or just target certain areas that need it. Either way, if you have no experience painting wood structures then follow these steps:

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How to properly prepare a gazebo for painting
Choosing the right type of paint for your gazebo
Tips for painting your gazebo effectively
Proper maintenance to keep your painted gazebo looking great

Select The Right Time

To ensure the best results, you need to consider when you’re going to paint your gazebo. The weather conditions will have a direct impact on how long it takes for your paint job to dry and whether or not it holds up over time.

The weather conditions include temperature, humidity, wind, sunlight, and rain/clouds. All of these things affect your painting project so make sure you plan accordingly!

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Do An Inspection

Do an inspection. It’s important to take a look at the gazebo before you begin painting. Is it in good shape? Are there any loose nails, cracks, or rot? Have termites eaten through the wood? 

These are all things you’ll want to check for when you’re deciding what paint color to use and how much work needs to be done before painting can begin.

Gather Your Supplies

Now that you’ve got your supplies together, it’s time to get started. First things first: prep the surface. We recommend applying a primer before any paint so that you can avoid having to repaint later on. 

Primers are specially formulated for use on porous surfaces like wood, and they prevent stains from bleeding through the paint when it’s applied over them.

Primers come in various kinds (like oil-based or latex) and colors (gray or white). Be sure to pick one that works best for your project; most hardware stores sell a variety of primers that should make this part easy! 

Once you’ve chosen which primer to use, apply one coat using either a sprayer or brush depending on how much area needs coverage. Let this dry overnight before proceeding with painting

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Prepare The Gazebo

To start off, it’s important to make sure your gazebo is ready for a coat of paint. Take down any decorations that aren’t necessary and remove all hardware (like hooks or hinges), paint and any old nails or screws that may have been used in previous projects.

Sand The Gazebo

The first step to painting your gazebo is to sand it. Use low grit sandpaper, preferably around 100 or 80 (don’t go any higher than 150, or you’ll risk scratching up the surface). You’ll want to use a sanding block, not just your hand. 

A dust mask and vacuum cleaner are also helpful here; this will help prevent paint from getting into the air, which can be especially harmful if you have allergies. A small paint brush is handy for getting into corners and crevices where larger brushes won’t reach.

The type of gazebo you have can impact the painting process, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. Our article on hardtop vs. soft-top gazebo: 12 key differences explores the differences between these two types of gazebos and can help you make an informed decision when choosing the right one for your home.

Tape The Roof

The next step is to protect the roof. You don’t want paint to drip or splatter onto it, causing stains or even worse. Use painters tape and not masking tape because they’re more precise and won’t peel away when you pull them off later. Paint isn’t cheap, so don’t skip this step!

Paint The Rafters

Once you have finished painting the walls, you can start to paint the rafters. This is a good place to switch from a brush or roller to a sprayer. It will help you get an even coat and keep things clean.

When using a sprayer, make sure that it’s made specifically for outdoor use. Use this technique on an overcast day when there isn’t much wind so that you can avoid any overspray getting on plants or sidewalks.

You want to wait until your last coat has dried before using the gazebo again—the paint needs at least two days (and up to seven) before it’s safe enough not to peel off during use!

Wind can be damaging to a freshly painted gazebo, but there are steps you can take to protect it. Our article on how to secure a gazebo from wind provides valuable tips on how to secure your gazebo against strong winds and keep it looking great.

Paint The Rails And Spindles

Use a paintbrush to paint the spindles of the railing, which are small enough to fit in your hand.

If you want to use a roller for the rails and spindles, then do that. If you don’t have a roller with a short nap, then use one with a longer nap (the more nap, the more bristles per inch).

Tape off any areas that you don’t want to get painted—in our case we taped off everything but our gazebo itself and then roll on two coats of paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Recommended Paints for Painting a Gazebo

Paint TypeBest forAdvantages
AcrylicWood gazebosResistant to fading and cracking, dries quickly
Oil-basedMetal gazebosProvides durable and long-lasting finish, resists rust
EpoxyComposite gazebosResistant to moisture and weather, easy to clean

Remove The Tape

To remove the tape, use a razor knife to cut along the edge of the tape. Be careful not to cut into any wood or you might ruin your finish.

Paint The Top Of The Roof

The easiest way to paint the top of your gazebo is with a roller and tray. This will ensure that you get nice, even coverage, but only if you’re careful not to leave any drips or runs in the paint. If this is too much work for you, then use a brush instead. For the sides of your gazebo, a sprayer should do just fine!

Before you commit to painting your gazebo, it’s important to know how much it will cost. Our article on a gazebo cost guide: how much will a gazebo set you back breaks down the costs associated with purchasing and maintaining a gazebo, so you can make an informed decision about whether or not to move forward with painting.

Prime And Paint The Bottom Of The Roof

Once the base of your gazebo has been primed, it’s time to paint the bottom. Make sure that you use a paint that is compatible with your primer if you’re using latex, look for an oil-based primer; if you’re using oil-based, look for latex-compatible paints. 

Don’t forget that each type of paint has its own drying time as well! If you want to give yourself some extra time before applying two coats (and who doesn’t?), choose a product that can be applied over another layer already in place and allow it to dry completely before adding any more layers on top.

Tips for Maintaining a Gazebo

Maintenance TaskFrequencyTips
CleaningMonthlyUse mild detergent and water, avoid using harsh chemicals
InspectionsQuarterlyLook for signs of wear or damage, address any issues promptly
Touch-upsAs neededUse same type of paint as original, apply in thin layers
Rust removalAnnuallySand and repaint any areas with rust, use rust-inhibiting primer


Once you have finished painting the roof, you can finally enjoy your beautiful new gazebo. Congratulations!

Further Reading

Here are some additional resources to help you with your gazebo painting project:

How to Paint a Gazebo: This article from Home Guides provides a comprehensive guide on how to paint a gazebo, from preparing the surface to choosing the right paint.

What Kind of Paint Should You Use When Painting a Gazebo?: This article from eHow offers advice on choosing the right paint for your gazebo, taking into account factors such as climate, material, and color.


How do I prepare my gazebo for painting?

Before painting your gazebo, you should clean the surface thoroughly, remove any rust or old paint, and sand the surface to create a smooth, even base. It’s also important to cover any nearby plants or furniture with plastic to protect them from paint drips.

What type of paint should I use for my gazebo?

The type of paint you should use for your gazebo depends on the material of the gazebo and your specific needs. Generally, an exterior-grade paint that can withstand the elements is recommended.

How many coats of paint should I apply to my gazebo?

The number of coats of paint you should apply to your gazebo depends on the quality of the paint and the condition of the surface. In most cases, two coats of paint are sufficient for a durable and long-lasting finish.

How long will it take to paint my gazebo?

The amount of time it will take to paint your gazebo depends on the size of the structure and the complexity of the job. Generally, you should allow several days for preparation and painting, as well as time for the paint to dry and cure.

How do I maintain my painted gazebo?

To maintain the appearance of your painted gazebo, you should clean it regularly with a mild detergent and water. It’s also important to inspect the surface periodically for any signs of wear or damage, and touch up any areas as needed.