What’s the best paint for exterior wood?


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When it comes to painting exterior wood, there are a few different ways you can decide which paint is right for you. In this guide, we’ll explain how to choose exterior wood paint and what you need to know.

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What do you want to do?

The kind of paint you use depends on what you want the outcome to be; it might not be paint you need.

If your wood is looking tired and grey, it’s because it’s lost its natural oils which keep it looking healthy. This can happen to decking, furniture, fences – basically, any outdoor wood exposed to the elements. Oil nourishes and protects the wood, restoring it to its old colour while protecting it from rain and sunlight. You can get it for a range of projects including decking and furniture.

If you want to change the colour of your wood, but still keep a natural-looking appearance, stains protect it while adding a woody colour. Think along the lines of cedar, mahogany and teak colours. It’s perfect if your wood needs reviving and you fancy a subtle change of colour. If your wood is grey and damaged, use 120-grit sandpaper to sand back the damaged wood until you reach a healthy colour. The healthier wood can then be stained.

And if you want to change the look and colour of your exterior wood completely, paint is the way to go. There are different types of paint available depending on the kind of protection and coverage you want (more on that later), but generally speaking, exterior wood paint comes in loads of different colours, not just natural wood hues. Paint often has a degree of protection against the weather too.

What makes a good paint?

The best exterior wood paints are durable. Because of how changeable our climate is, the paint should be able to withstand direct sunlight which greys the wood, and rain which can weaken the wood and cause it to rot.

The paint should also be rainproof reasonably quickly after you’ve used it, so you don’t have to worry about sudden downpours.

You also need to consider the minimum temperatures you can paint in. Not that you’ll be doing outdoor DIY projects in the heart of winter (or will you?!) but most paints can’t be used in temperatures below 10 degrees.

For decking, the best paint has anti-slip properties and can withstand frequent footfall.

Many of our exterior paints have weather protection plus a durability guarantee. In some instances, you won’t have to repaint for up to 10 years.

Best exterior paint for wood

Fence & shed paint

Fence Life Plus

  • Lasts for five years
  • Protects against rain, snow, frost and UV damage
  • Can be applied to damp wood

One Coat Fence Life

  • Showerproof in an hour
  • Keeps the colour for up to two years
  • Only needs one coat for a good finish


Ultimate Protection Decking Oil

  • Provides a natural look to your deck
  • Rainproof in 90 minutes
  • Lasts twice as long as other oils

Ultimate Protection Decking Stain

  • Soaks deep into the wood for longer protection
  • Available in a range of colours
  • Rainproof in 90 minutes

Ultimate Protection Decking Paint

  • Rainproof in 90 minutes
  • Revives old, grey and tired decking
  • Long-lasting and rich colour


Ultimate Protection Hardwood Furniture Stain

  • Rainproof in one hour
  • Prevents wood from cracking, peeling and splitting
  • Three year protection

Ultimate Protection Hardwood Furniture Oil

  • Dry in six hours, rainproof in two
  • Replenishes natural oils
  • Water repellent and resistant to greying

Teak Oil

  • Rainproof in six hours
  • Restores old wood so it’s good as new
  • Deep penetration for long protection

Other exterior wood projects

Garden Paint

  • Available in 29 different colours
  • Colour lasts up to five years on wood
  • Protection from weathering

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