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The best decking paint for your garden patios

Give your decking a new look or a layer of added protection with decking paint - here are some of our favourites!

Decking Paint
Published: March 31, 2022 at 3:44 pm
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If your garden has the best decking, of course it deserves the best decking paint. You could be looking to upgrade the colour, or add some protection while preserving the natural look, but either way - here's our list of the best paint for decking.


Decking paint can bring a load of benefits to your patios, as well as sheds, fences and gates, by adding slip resistance, weather protection and a lovely splash of colour.

Read on for our top picks - we've included decking paint, decking stain and decking oil in the list to show the benefits of each.

And don't forget to check out our tips for other ways to glam up your patio!

What's the difference between decking stain and paint?

The main difference is the effect it creates on the wood. Decking paint can provide a complete coating to the garden wood for a full-colour look. Decking stain, however, draws attention to the natural grains and textures of the wood by effectively highlighting it. Both can add protection and resistance, so it mostly depends on what look you're going for.

Best decking paint to spruce up your garden

Ronseal Ultimate Decking Paint 5L

Ronseal Ultimate Decking Paint

From Ronseal, this decking paint is said to provide an all-inclusive protection for garden wood. Claimed as having the ability to bring life back to old, weathered decking - it should be an easy solution to update that garden decking of yours.

There's a whole range of colours available, from natural, wooden tones to colours that are a bit more vibrant. Not only will it enhance the appearance of your decking or patio, it offers everyday protection from weather and sunlight.

Cuprinol Anti Slip Decking Stain Urban Slate 2.5L

Cuprinol Anti Slip Decking Stain Urban Slate

This decking stain from Cuprinol is designed to be semi-transparent, to provide a boost of colour that enhances the natural tones of your decking.

The anti-slip feature stands out here, supposedly helping to create a decking with a strong grip by using anti-slip microbeads. It's said to provide weather protection, too.

Liberon Decking Oil Medium Oak 5L

Liberon Decking Oil

Rather than coating your decking or patio with a new colour, the Liberon Decking Oil is designed to enhance the natural colour of it. The oil is formulated to protect different types of outdoor wood and timber, containing UV filters to help prevent the damage caused by sunlight.

This water-resistant formula is a great choice if you're looking to hold on to your decking's natural beauty, and can be used on sheds, fences, gates and hot tubs, as well as deckings and patios. Simply use a brush, roller or spray to apply it.

Cuprinol Garden Shades

Cuprinol Garden Shades

The Cuprinol Garden Shades collection is one of the most well-reviewed ranges of decking paint. Designed for outdoor garden wood, they have a variety of vibrant tones and colours, promising at least four years of protection against the elements.

The paint has a matte finish and takes approximately eight hours to dry. The pigments in the paint should lend rich colour to your garden while preserving the natural grains and textures of the wood.

Trade Paints Garden Timber Decking Paint 5L

Trade Paints Garden Timber Decking Paint

Available in 15 colours ranging from sky blue to mid green to coffee, this decking paint from Trade Paints is sure to add some exciting tones to your garden. Offering a dry-time between two and four hours, making the painting process an quicker and easier. Designed to be suitable for all exterior wood, you can use this on decking, patios, sheds, staircases and more.

King of Paints Shed & Decking Paint 5L

King of Paints Shed & Decking Paint

King of Paints's range of decking paint uses a water-based solution, which is more environmentally friendly and safer than solvent-based paints. Used for preserving and protecting garden wood, it should help to prevent rotting while bringing a nice colour to your decking.

Firmtread Anti Slip Deck Coating 2.5L

Firmtread Anti Slip Deck Coating

Rated the UK's best anti-slip decking paint by DeckingHero, this deck coating from Firmtread is an oil-based tint that's designed to provide slip resistance. It's available in clear if you want to maintain the organic colour of the wood, or in a variety of natural tones to add a new tint.



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