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Seven of the best paints for exterior wood

If you're looking to transform your outdoor space, take a look at our pick of the best exterior wood paints

Protek garden summerhouse painted in Rose Pink paint

Whether you’re looking to update your front door, freshen up your fence or give your garden furniture a brand new look, it’s important you choose a paint that will provide you with a professional, long-lasting finish.

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To make it easy for you, we’ve scoured the market to find a selection of the best exterior wood paints available in the uk, including everything from chalk paint to wood and metal gloss paints.

Keep reading to discover our top pick, and before you start painting, make sure to check out our guide to the best painting tools.

Best exterior wood paint

Dulux Once Gloss Paint

Dulux Once Gloss Paint
Dulux Once Gloss Paint

Designed for both interior and exterior use, this tin of brilliant white wood and metal paint will cover a total of 30m2, or the equivalent of 12m2 per litre. In theory, you’ll only need one coat to cover the surface you choose to paint, but if you do choose to add another, you’ll need to wait 16 hours in between coats. This particular paint is solvent based and has a high gloss finish, so it’s a great option if you want a traditional look for your front door.

Ronseal White Satin Wood paint

Ronseal White Satin Wood paint
Ronseal White Satin Wood paint

This exterior wood paint is extremely durable, boasting 10 years of weather protection – all you need to do is apply it with a synthetic brush in the direction of the wood grain and leave It to dry for an hour. The formula is drip resistant and won’t crack, peel or blister after application. There’s no need for primer either, just prepare the wood by lightly sanding it and wiping with white spirit.

Cuprinol Garden shades Matt Wood paint

Cuprinol Garden shades Matt Wood paint
Cuprinol Garden shades Matt Wood paint

Cuprinol garden shades paint can be applied with a brush, roller or spray to provide not only colour, but four years of protection to exterior wood. The water based formula is suitable for use on all types of garden wood including furniture and fences, will cover an average of 12m² per litre and takes 8 hours to dry. Our favourite shade is silver birch, but there are many others to choose from if grey isn’t to your taste.

Valspar Trade Pure brilliant white Satin Metal & wood paint

Valspar Trade Pure brilliant white Satin Metal & wood paint
Valspar Trade Pure brilliant white Satin Metal & wood paint

This Valspar trade paint has been specifically designed to give a durable and long-lasting finish on both wooden and metallic surfaces. It’s tough, durable, and you can easily scrub marks off it without causing any damage after it dries. The formulation is also self-levelling, so it’s really to achieve a smooth finish, and it won’t yellow over time.

Wickes Eggshell Wood Paint

Wickes Eggshell Wood Paint
Wickes Eggshell Wood Paint

Wickes’ eggshell paint is a solvent based paint that’s suitable for use on both interior and exterior wood and metal. It dries with a sheen finish that’s washable, so you can easily keep your surfaces clean, and it’s resistant to condensation, moisture and the elements.

Wickes Garden Colour Matt Wood Treatment

Wickes Garden Colour Matt Wood Treatment
Wickes Garden Colour Matt Wood Treatment

This garden paint will colour and protect exterior wood, making it a particularly good option for use on fences and outdoor furniture. It takes a total of four hours to dry, after which the colour becomes fade resistant, and it also provides five years of weather protection. You can also use it on stone, terracotta and brick.

Frenchic Al Fresco paint

Frenchic Al Fresco paint
Frenchic Al Fresco paint

Frenchic’s alfresco range is a water based chalk and mineral paint that can be used on indoor and outdoor wood, as well as laminate, UPVC, metal and stone. The self-levelling, self-priming and self-sealing formula is durable, weatherproof and UV resistant, and comes in a huge variety of bright and pastel colours. It also has minimal VOC content.

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