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Hi all

I am looking to paint my shed and after using cuprinol shades around the garden for a few things I would like to paint my shed in a colour rather than a stain.

Is there another paint I can use in the garden rather than a specific garden paint as they are so expensive, perhaps I am being silly but there must be another paint that is suitable.

Thanks in advance


Google "exterior wood paint".  They can be found in all colours, but are not as common as interior paints.  One of the results from google was AGW and when you click '"view options" on their "osmo" exterior paint, there are over 30 colours to choose from!  All exterior finishes are a bit expensive though as they are formulated to stand up to the elements.

If your shed is made of sawn timber, ie is rough, then you can't really paint it and will have to use a garden timber stain of some sorts.

If it is smooth planed wood however, then you could paint it with an exterior paint, but to get a good finish you would really need to prime, undercoat and topcoat, and that would not be a cheap option.


Bob-that's a lovely site. Will take some time to have a look later!


I think I need to get out more...



Just had a look at the link above; colours are a bit unsubtle? There may be some water based paints that you could use, like externel masonry paints but check for suitability. Suggest email Dulux Paints, and other firms; they have paint boffins who are dying to share their knowledge.

Thanks all, just looked on dulux website you can use their weathershield, will check out the colours I can use. Osmo colours are lovely, the grey is exactly what I want, seems like it might be expensive though.

It may not be of any help to you but comfort yourself with the price or Curpinol on Belgium - €38.50 a tin and limited colour range.  I need to treat a new shed and it looks like OH will be coming back with a boot full when he goes to Kent an a fewweeks' time.

Thanks all.  I decided to just buy garden paint, I bought Ronseal cornflower garden paint, it is a bit watery but looks fantastic. Has transformed my shed

after years of using various woodstain paints, my shed has had it and is gone. one year i coated it with 3 coats. next year it needed doing again. after all that time consuming and expense I've given up with those. I have just coated my picnic table with 3 coats of danish oil. looks great and cost about twice the price but i reckon i will not need to do it again. ok it's not a paint but consider it next time you do garden furniture? just putting it out there.

Has anyone tried using the Protek Royal Exterior Wood Finish range? The blurb reads well and it appears to come in about 50 different colours. I'm really keen on the greys in the "soft colours" palette.




I have just looked on the Protek website and there are some great offers on at the moment. Can anybody advise me on the difference between their Woodstain protector currently £15.99 for 5 litres and their Royal Exterior wood finish? There's a big price difference and I just wondered why? I've got a big shed to paint. It's made from pressure treated timber so which should I be looking to use? 

Many advanced thanks,


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