Best Fence Paints in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update January 22, 2020
Fence paints let you quickly and easily paint and, sometimes, restore/preserve fences, sheds, and other wooden structures pertaining to the garden. The best fence paints dry quickly and last long. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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Application Method
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Dry Time (Touch Dry)
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PROS

The paint's opaque matte finish transforms fences and sheds, allowing the wood's grain texture to shine through. You can choose between 1-litre and 2.5-litre buckets. The 1-litre bucket will let you paint ~12 square metres of smooth planed wood and ~5 square metres of rough-sawn wood. 

CONS

You'll have to apply 2-3 layers to make the paint stick. 

OUR VERDICT

Cuprinol GSUS25L Garden Shades will be able to not only paint but also restore garden furniture. You can apply this product onto terracottas, brick, and stone. 

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

2.5 L can (colour: urban slate)

Other colours are available 

Best For

Decorating fences, sheds, and other garden wooden (including garden furniture) structures, terracotta, stone, and brick

Application Method

Brush or sprayer

Formula

Water-based formula (harmless to plants and pets), weather protection for up to 6 years 

Dry Time (Touch Dry)

~1 hour (under normal weather conditions) 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy 

PROS

There are various different shades available, from boring black, Oxford blue, and pure brilliant white to unorthodox and attractive Celtic cream, green glade, cream tea, dove slate, and more. You won't have to apply more than 1-2 layers.

CONS

The 0.5-litre can is not necessarily economical. 

OUR VERDICT

Dulux Weather Shield Satin Paint is moisture-resistant, protecting different sheds and fence panels from mould. You can apply this product once and forget about it for a decade.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

0.75 L can (colour: hazelnut truffle)

Other colours are available

Best For

Fences and sheds (wood or metal)  

Application Method

Brush or roller

Formula

Water-based formula (harmless to plants and pets), mould-resistant, weather protection for up to 10 years

Dry Time (Touch Dry)

~2 hours (under normal weather conditions) 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy 

PROS

The deep-penetrating formula will take somewhere between 30 and 60 minutes to dry. You won't have to worry about plants and pets. The product is as fade-resistant as they get. The 5-litre can/bucket will last. 

CONS

The product's weather protection is relatively poor. 

OUR VERDICT

Ronseal RSLOCFLCE5L One Coat Fence Life will be able to breathe new life into old wooden garden structures and paint new ones alike. The dark oak shade looks mature and understated. 

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

5 L can (colour: dark oak)

Other colours are available

Best For

Rough sawn wood (new or previously stained) 

Application Method

Brush or sprayer

Formula

Water-based formula (harmless to plants and pets), deep-penetrating, weather protection for up to 2 years

Dry Time (Touch Dry)

Less than 1 hour (under normal weather conditions) 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy 

PROS

Using deep-penetrating pigments, the paint makes its black shade rich and vibrant, also ensuring even coverage, even when people don't apply more than one coat. You'll have no issues with most sprayers, rollers, and brushes. 

CONS

The bucket is somewhat difficult to close properly. 

OUR VERDICT

Cuprinol LMFCBL6L Less Mess Fence Care is the best fence paint for customers that hate that standard paint smell since this solution is as low-odour as they get. 

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

6 L can (colour: black)


Best For

Sheds, fences, and other garden wood (rough sawn)

Application Method

Brush, roller, or sprayer

Formula

Water-based formula (harmless to plants and pets), low odour, weather protection for up to 6 years

Dry Time (Touch Dry)

~1 hour (under normal weather conditions) 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy 

PROS

The 5-litre can costs less than most ~2-litre cans. The handle is firm and grippy, so you'll be able to carry this can without worrying about dropping it. The formula is water-based and harmless to pets and plants. 

CONS

The paint takes quite some time to dry. 

OUR VERDICT

Cuprinol CUPSFTAG5L is a practical product that will be able to attract and satisfy most customers who find autumn gold and forest green shades suitable for their fences and shades. 

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

5 L bottle (colour: autumn gold)

Forest green colour is also available

Best For

Sheds, fences, and other garden wood (rough sawn)

Application Method

Brush or sprayer 

Formula

Water-based formula (harmless to plants and pets), weather protection for up to 6 years

Dry Time (Touch Dry)

~4 hours (under normal weather conditions) 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy 

Cuprinol GSUS25L

No Discrimination Here

Cuprinol GSUS25L Garden Shades is quite brilliant. First and foremost, the paint doesn't discriminate.

You can use this product to colour and protect different fences, sheds, and various wooden structures, including garden furniture. At the same time, the solution will let you paint terracottas, stone, and brick too.

The opaque matte finish will be able to complement the garden's natural colours, making sure that the woods' grain texture shines through to make everything look as smooth and elegant as possible.

The urban slate shade we're reviewing here is brilliant, mature yet very much noticeable. That being said, you can also choose between coastal mist, muted clay, sunny lime, sweet sundae, and summer damson. All these shades are subtle yet vibrant at the same time.

Apart from that, the paint takes around one hour to fully dry (under regular weather conditions), so you won't have to wait too long. You can use any brush/sprayer to apply this product. You'll sometimes have to apply 2-3 layers to make the paint stick though.

The water-based formula won't be able to do anything harmful towards pets and plants. From the weather protection perspective, you won't have to worry about anything for ~six years.

Review of Cuprinol GSUS25L Garden Shades

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Dulux Weather Shield

The Elements are Powerless Here

Dulux Weather Shield Satin Paint looks delicious, hazelnut truffle is an excellent choice of colour.

Having said that, the available shades also include black, Celtic cream, cream tea, dark grey, dove slate, gallant grey, green glade, Heathland, misty sky, Oxford blue, pure brilliant white, valley rock, and more. In other words, you'll definitely be able to choose the most appropriate shade.

The paint film is pretty flexible, so you should have no issues applying the solution onto most fences and sheds made from wood and metal.

Before anything else though, this product lasts. It will be able to protect fences and sheds against the elements for up to 10 years, which is not something that we can say about most fence paints.

Sure, the paint takes ~hours to dry but that's not that different from most products that take somewhere between 60 and 90 minutes.

The product's downsides are basically limited to the fact that the 0.5-litre can/bucket is not that economical and it is the only available option.

On the upside, the paint is mould-resistant. Add to that the fact that the water-based formula is harmless to plants and pets and you have yourself a really good product. You can also use most brushes and rollers to apply this paint.

Review of Dulux Weather Shield Quick Dry Satin Paint

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Ronseal RSLOCFLCE5L

Quick-Drying Treatment

Ronseal RSLOCFLCE5L One Coat Fence Life is the most advanced, quick-drying shed and fence treatment product within this selection. Applying this product, you'll be able to protect all rough-sawn garden timber from the elements. The paint is fade-resistant, even when you only apply one coat/layer.

Fences and sheds aside, you can apply this product onto trellises, gates, summer houses, pergolas, and various wooden garden structures. The paint is compatible both with new wood and stained wood.

Besides that, the product is as deep-penetrating as these coloured paints get. It is sprayable but you can also apply the paint using any brush. The 5-litre can that we're discussing here will be enough to paint >30 square metres (the coverage rates vary depending on the wood's absorbency).

The product will be able to provide rough-sawn wood structures somewhere around 24 months worth of protection against the elements. That's not necessarily bad, but we've seen more impressive numbers before.

On the bright side, the solution usually takes less than one hour to dry (provided that the weather conditions are more or less normal), so you'll be able to apply the paint and use the painted structures basically immediately.

Review of Ronseal RSLOCFLCE5L One Coat Fence Life

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Cuprinol LMFCBL6L

Less Mess More Care

Cuprinol LMFCBL6L Less Mess Fence Care will be able to tussle with the company's most expensive fence paints, which is impressive considering that this 6-litre can/bucket costs less than most ~2-litre cans.

Sure, the product has its flaws. The bucket's lid is somewhat difficult to close properly. Also, the only available colour is black, so you'll have to purchase something different if black is not an option for you.

Still, there's not much to complain about here. The special pigments inside this paint make the shade rich and ensure even coverage, even when you don't apply more than one coat.

The paint's more adaptable than most. You can use pretty much all rollers, brushes, and sprayers to apply this paint.

On the weather protection front, this product does not disappoint either. That one coat will usually be able to protect sheds, fences, and other rough-sawn wood structures from the elements for six years straight.

As it is always the case with the company's paints, the product's formula is water-based and completely harmless as far as pets and plants are concerned. That and the fact that the paint takes somewhere around one hour to dry makes this product more than worth the modest price.

Review of Cuprinol LMFCBL6L Less Mess Fence Care

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Cuprinol CUPSFTAG5L

Elegant or Earthy

Cuprinol CUPSFTAG5L is pretty good but has its flaws compared to the company's paints that we've reviewed here, hence the last spot on this list. The paint usually takes around four hours to dry and even that's only the case when the weather conditions are optimal.

That being said, that's not the biggest drawback since there's seldom that much difference between waiting one hour and four hours as far as fences, sheds, and different rough-sawn wood garden structures are concerned.

Somewhat offsetting this drawback is the fact that this preserver restores sheds and fences better than most fence paints. Also, the price is quite attractive considering the 5-litre can. The said can comes equipped with this nice little handle that you can use to comfortably transport this bucket, which is nice too.

The autumn gold shade is lovely, subtle yet smooth and elegant at the same time. You can also choose forest green which is more earthy and homey.

Apart from that, there's not much to cover here that we haven't covered before. The water-based formula will not harm pets and plants. At the same time, the paint will be able to keep sheds and fences protected against the elements for up to six years, pretty good when you compare that to most fence paints.

Review of Cuprinol CUPSFTAG5L Spray Fence Treatment

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What Is a Fence Paint?

Fences are necessary, no one will be able to come up with 2-3 decent arguments against them. These structures have their demands too though. You have to maintain them to make sure these fences are reliable and presentable enough.

That's where fence paints come in. Using these products, you're able to paint wood fences, sheds, and other garden structures, sometimes even including terracottas, brick, stone, and metal structures.

More often than not, these paints are surprisingly potent and will be able to stick even when only one coat is applied. Sometimes, these products are also able to restore and revitalise the aforementioned structures, especially when dealing with wood, bringing back its grainy texture.

Apart from that, fence paints protect fences and shades against elements. These products' weather protection usually ranges somewhere between two and six years, sometimes going as high as ten. Take into consideration the formula and how long the paint takes to dry and you should be able to figure out the right product for your needs and preferences.

You can also look into decking oils to renew and protect various wooden structures and teak oils to restore furniture.

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Publish Date: 2020-01-22 15:59:16