Best 10 fence paints UK review by professional decorators

6 Jun

Best 10 fence paints UK review by professional decorators

Today, we’re looking at fence paint. We’re going to explore the best fence paints in the UK right now. The best colour to paint a fence in a small garden to make it feel bigger. And finally, we’re going to explain how to paint a fence with different equipment too. So, if you’re about to paint your fence, this is the article for you.

Let’s first look at the best fence paints in the UK right now, shall we?

Best UK fence paints and Wood Protection treatment

Cuprinol Ducksback 5 Year Waterproof for Sheds and Fences, 5 L

Ducksback from Cuprinol is called that because it is specially designed to be water-repellant while maintaining a good colour for up to 5 years. This is a water-based fence paint, but it is enriched with wax. This is what gives the paint its water repellant property. Basically, the water locks the colour into the wood, the wax stays on top of the fence and keeps the rain off.

We’ve opted for the harvest brown colour here, but there are another three colours in the Ducksback range. The harvest brown, though, is a very nice colour, nice and rich, yet not too dark. This is a solid option for your fence if your garden sees a lot of rain throughout the year.

RONSEAL RSLOCFLMO5L One Coat Fence Life, Medium Oak, 5 Litre

Ronseal fence paint has been a staple in many gardens across the UK for years, and for good reason. Its fence paint is available in loads of traditional colours, and even some less traditional ones if you’re feeling a bit fancy. However, for most of us, it is the brilliant protection that Ronseal fence paint provides that keeps it a firm favourite.

This awesome medium oak fence paint is nice and dark and really adds a lot to a fence in the way of style and colour. However, this is a water-based fence paint, and there are no harsh chemicals in it at all. So, it is safe for gardens with pets and plants, and you can even use this paint on wooden planters if you wish.

Johnstones Woodcare One Coat Shed & Fence Paint

Johnstone’s Woodcare range is perfect if you’re looking for a traditional colour for your fences. If you aren’t, Johnstone’s has some more paints below, don’t worry. This paint, though, is quick-drying and will keep your fence protected for 3 years. It offers protection against water and UV rays too. So, your fence won’t rot, and the colour won’t dull either.

This paint also comes in 9-litre buckets, so it’s great for larger gardens. It is another wax-enriched paint that will work wonders on any fence. It is also available in some lovely colours that will keep your garden looking awesome but staying protected too.

Johnstone’s – Garden Colours – Exterior Paint – Fade Resisting

As we mentioned in the last Johnstone’s paint description, Johnstone’s makes some very awesome colours of garden paint, and this is the range to look for if you want to experiment with your fence. We have chosen the Botanical Retreat colour, which is a baby blue coloured fence paint, but there are loads of beautiful fence paints to choose from.

These fence paints dry in two hours and will keep your fence protected for up to four years. Plus, just like the Johnstone’s fence paint above, this stuff is fade-resistant and water-resistant too. If you want to add some funky colours to your garden, this is the paint for you.

Roxil Wood Protection Cream

While most of the fence paints on this list will be familiar to you, this one might not be. This is a wood protection cream that doesn’t change the colour or appearance of your fence at all. Instead, it creates a weatherproof barrier on the fence that will last for 10 years. It reduces warping issues, mould and damp issues.

This wood protection cream is designed for all outside wood. You can use it on soft and hardwoods, and it provides breathable protection for decks, fences, sheds and a great deal more. If you love the look of your fence but want to protect it, this is the best option for you.

Roxil 100 Green Mould, Algae & Lichen Killer

Roxil makes some of the best fence protection products available right now. This is basically a patio and fence cleaner that kills loads of the things that makes your fence look older and can make it rot too. So, this stuff kills algae, mould and lichen. It also removes it from your fence, so your fence will look newer after you’ve used this awesome stuff. We know this article is about fence paint, but this product is perfect to use before painting if you want ultimate protection.

Cuprinol CUPGSFR25L 2.5 Litre Garden Shades Paint

We said the Johnstone’s fence paint above was brilliant if you wanted to add some colour to your garden. Still, if you didn’t find a shade perfect for your garden there, you may find it here. Cuprinol has loads of amazing colours in this range. From nice pastel colours to very bold ones. Even better, though, this range of fantastic colours provide 6 years of protection to the wood in your garden. It is also suitable for stone, brick and terracotta, so you can add loads of colour to your garden with this paint!

Nourish & Protect PTRC005 Red Cedar 5 L Wood Protective Treatment

All of the paint on this list so far for fences has been water-based, and water-based fence paints are good for most gardens. However, if you want the ultimate protection and want to conserve your fence for as long as possible, an oil-based protective layer will do this. This wood protective treatment is oil-based, and it is deep penetrating. So, the protection goes deep into the wood of your fence, ensuring that it lasts years and years. It protects the surface of your fence from mould and water too. For maximum protection (and a great colour), this is your best choice.

Everbuild EVBLJCR05 Quick Drying, Long Lasting, Wood Preserver, Clear, 5 Litre

Here is another wood preserver that is quick-drying and long-lasting. It penetrates deep into the wood to offer the maximum protection possible. It protects from rot, moisture, decay and fungi. You can use this preservative before you paint; just give it 48 hours to dry. If you do this, your fence panels will stay protected for many years to come. But you can use this preservative on its own, and it is available in clear and a host of other colours too.

Water-Based Shed and Fence Paint – Dark Grey – One Coat – 20 Litre

We really love dark grey fence paint. It adds loads of style to a garden, and it is perfect for achieving a modern outside space that stays protected. This fence paint is a no-frills paint that offers maximum protection and will look great for years. We say no-frills because the can is basic, but the paint is anything but. You will still enjoy years of protection from this paint. It is water-resistant and UV resistant too. This is a 20 litre can of paint, perfect for a big garden that you want to have bags of style.

How To Paint A Wooden Fence?

painting fence with brush

We won’t be covering how to paint a fence with brushes here as it is as simple as grabbing your paint, giving it a mix and getting to work. We will, however, be looking at spraying and rolling a fence.

Best way to paint a fence: brush or spray

Having painted fences with brushes and with a spray gun, we can say with certainty that the best and easiest way is with a spray gun. Most water-based paints can be diluted very easily and go through paint sprayers very easily. It’s also so much faster than using a paintbrush. We know that a lot of people don’t have a paint sprayer, though. If you don’t and you do a lot of DIY, it might be worth considering buying one. Paint sprayers are not that expensive and can be used for loads of DIY tasks. If you do prefer to use a paintbrush to paint your fence, take a look at this fence painting brush kit, it will save you some time.

2 Pieces Shed Fence Paint Brush Decking Timber Block

Shed Fence Paint Brush
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COTTAM Fence Painting and Shed Painting Kit

Fence Painting and Shed Painting Kit
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How to spray-paint your fence?

spraying a fence

Spraying a fence is nice and simple. Firstly, you need to dilute the fence paint and give it a good stir. Then, you need to mask off any areas of the fence you don’t want painting. If you have cement fence posts, for example. It is a good idea to put down some dust sheets to protect your patio and grass areas too.

spray painting fence

Next, start painting. When you first start painting, assess how much paint is coming out of the gun. If you’re getting streaks or drips, you need to reduce the amount of paint coming out. It is best to do this in an area of the garden you won’t see all of the time. Once you have the settings dialled in, it is as simple as taking light passes and going along all of the fence panels. Follow the instructions on the fence paint and apply as many coats as it indicates.

Top tip: use a piece of cardboard to block any overspray from your neighbours garden. Just hold it in place over the back of the fence panel. Your neighbour will thank you!

spray painting fence 2

Spraying a fence is very simple. It is dialling in the settings that takes some practice.

However, just make sure to adjust the spray so that no paint is pooling on the surface or dripping. After this, paint away!

How to dilute fence paint

To spray most water-based fence paints, you only need to dilute them by about 10% with clean water. Give the paint a good mix, and then it should pass through your spray gun without issue. If you have very thick paint, you may want to add some more water. However, most fence paints are fine with 10% added water.

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How to paint a fence with a roller?

Painting a fence with a roller can be tricky and does take a while, but it can be done. You need a special roller that you can find in this kit.

You will notice that the roller is smaller than a traditional roller. This is because you need to paint each individual fence slat as you go.

Also, if your fence panels are rough swan (most of them are), you will need a brush too. This ensures you get into every nook that is in each fence slat to ensure you have good coverage. We would say that using a roller to paint a fence isn’t the longest of the three methods, but you do need to pay attention to the small details, so it can feel like the longest.

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Best fence paint colour

We love a natural colour for fences. Something that is light but brings out the wood grain of the fence panels. A light brown, or light oak is a good option for a traditional look. However, grey fence paint is very popular at the moment, and we can see why. A dark grey fence paint can really make your garden look incredibly modern and posh. Of course, the best fence paint colour is completely up to you. It is worth trying to find images of different fences with different colours on so you can really imagine what your fence will look like. You could even buy a couple of single fence slats to test some colours if you are unsure.

Best colour to paint a fence in a small garden

Lighter fence paint is usually best for smaller gardens. Darker fence paint can make a garden feel a lot smaller. So, if you’d like your garden to feel as big as possible, a light brown fence paint is a good option. If you want to use brighter fence paints, though, a lighter shade of a pastel (like pastel pink, for example) is a really good choice.

What colour fence paint makes the garden look bigger

While we love dark grey fence paint, it can make a garden feel a bit smaller than it is. This is because it is dark. So, if you want your garden to feel bigger, try to use a brighter fence paint. You can either use a traditional paint-like light oak, for example. Or a pastel colour like pastel pink, for example.

Which fence paint lasts the longest?

There are some fence paints above that will last 6 years. That is the Cuprinol garden paints. Other last three to five years. However, for the longest-lasting protection, you could consider using a wood preservative under your fence paint. This cleans the wood and penetrates deep inside. You can then use the paint to seal that layer in, and that will keep your fence looking fantastic for many years.

Is Cuprinol better than Ronseal?

Cuprinol offers a few more years of protection on some of their fence paint ranges. They also offer more colour options for fence paints too. Cuprinol has lovely pastel colours, bold, bright colours and then plenty of traditional paint colours too. Ronseal, though, is still a very good fence paint. Like a lot of painting questions, this comes down to personal preference and what colour you would like your fence to be.

How many fence panels will 5 litres cover?

Fence paints do vary, so take these figures with a grain of salt. However, Cuprinol states that 5 litres of its paint can cover 10 fence panels (one coat). Other brands may vary slightly.

Is fence paint water-based?

The majority of fence paint is water-based. There are other wood protective products on the market for fences that are not water-based, but they are also not considered paint either. Most of these are called ‘protective treatments’. Some do stain your fence a nice colour; others keep the look natural. Both do offer brilliant protection for your fence, though.

How long does fence paint last?

Depending on the fence paint you use, it could last between 3-10 years. Generally, though, most fence paints that are widely available last between 3-5years.

Can I paint a fence when it is wet?

Painting a fence while it is wet isn’t recommended. At best, it will water down the paint and make it less effective. At worst, the paint won’t adhere to the wood, and you will need to repaint it. Let your fence dry out for a few days at least before you paint


We hope this look at fence paints, how to paint a fence and more has been helpful. Painting a fence is fairly straightforward, but it can add so much to your garden. If you have any other painting questions, take a look at the rest of our blog. We have years of painting and decorating experience and loads of articles that can help you paint any area of your home or garden.

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