THE BEST PAINT FOR GARDEN SHEDS, LOG CABINS & SUMMERHOUSES
Wooden outdoor constructions such as log cabins and summerhouses are often exposed to the harshest elements. Wind, rain, and sometimes a coastal breeze are anything but gentle with outdoor timber, which is why it’s essential to protect them with a coat of exterior wood paint.
Formulated for use on most exterior timbers, garden paints are often a wise choice.
But choosing from the bountiful range of products is often intimidating. Unless you’re an expert, how can you tell if your paint will live up to your expectations? After testing and rating the best garden shade paints in the UK, our team has put together a list of top picks. Check them out below.
OUR BEST PICK SHED & LOG CABIN PAINTS
Best Of The Rest
Dependable exterior timber paint designed for long-term resistance.
One-coat shed & fence paint perfect for sheds, summerhouses and log cabins.
The wax-enriched formulation provides superior resistance against adverse weather and outdoor elements.
Our top pick and the best in its class is the Cuprinol Less Mess Fence Care, a superb paint formulated to provide years of protection to all timbers exposed to adverse weather and elements. It has an excellent covering power and a coat of fresh paint is all it takes to give a new lease of life to your shed or holiday home.
A viscous consistency ensures a hassle-free and mess-free application either with a brush or a roller. The product is incompatible with paint guns and has a rather low coverage of only 6m²/litre.
But even if this makes the project a tad costlier, we still rate the product’s performance and reliability.
Specifically formulated for rough sawn wood but also compatible with its smooth planed counterpart, Less Mess Fence Care is versatile.
You’ll also like the quick drying formula that turns showerproof in only an hour. This is an important feature to look for in an exterior paint if you want to be prepared for whatever the erratic British climate throws at you.
When your wallet won’t allow you to invest in an expensive product but you still want a reliable solution to revive your shed or summerhouse, turn to Ronseal. It’s One Coat Fence Life paint is truly budget friendly and comes packed with unique features.
The most acclaimed characteristic is the quick-drying formulation which is the perfect ally when you’re looking for a speedy revamp of your outdoor timber.
A contemporary matt finish and a selection of 6 splendid shades add versatility, while the coverage power is more than acceptable.
In terms of covering power, the product’s name says it all. One coat is usually sufficient to achieve satisfactory results but for those stubborn areas where a second coat is needed, you’ll enjoy the quick drying time.
Brushed or sprayed, the paint is easy to apply and has a water-based formulation which can be either a positive or a negative depending on your requirements.
Another promising product capable of reviving your exterior wood in a breeze is Shed & Fence Paint from Sadolin. This outstanding paint boasts a non-drip consistency developed to minimise messes and is fairly easy to apply with a brush.
Offering a durable protective barrier against harsh weather conditions, the paint incorporates a UV screen while the film protects timber from frost for up to 5 years.
Another interesting feature is the wax-enriched formulation that protects wood from water infiltration. Wet paint is water resistant and in half an hour you’ll get a showerproof film ready to keep even the harshest rain at bay.
Like most exterior and garden wood paints, Shed & Fence is suitable to use on rough sawn timber but incompatible with smooth planed wood and decking. However, its performance on planed wood isn’t exactly scarce.
This versatile product comes in 5 contemporary colours which, like all translucent paints, get their true shade and sheen from the cut, type and colour of the timber.
Johnstone’s has always been renowned for its affordable and reliable products, and their speciality product Woodcare Shed & Fence is no exception. This paint is formulated to withstand adverse weather and offers long-lasting protection to all rough sawn wood materials.
Designed to colour and protect, Woodcare Shed & Fence comes in 4 attractive shades with a 3-year fade-resistant guarantee.
However, this wood paint is only apparently affordable. While it does come supplied in 9L tubs boasting competitive prices, its incredibly low coverage kind of breaks the deal. A litre of paint covers a mere square metre and you’ll need plenty of these to cover an entire shed or summerhouse.
But focusing primarily on quality, this product stands out. The water-repellent formulation offers active protection to all rough sawn timber and excellent resistance against extreme weather.
Formulated to offer up to 6 years of weather protection for wood, Cuprinol Garden Shades is another noteworthy product. This resilient exterior paint is weather resistant and compatible with a wide range of surfaces, including all types of garden timbers and masonry materials such as terracotta, brick and stone.
Praised for its outstanding coverage, this product can cover up to 12m²/litre depending on surface type and porosity. Do note that this refers to the product’s coverage on smooth planed wood.
Another thing that stands out is the application ease. This paint is made to be applied quickly and adapts to your preferred application method. Be it a brush, roller, or paint sprayer, reviving your summerhouse has never been so easy.
However, Garden Shades paint isn’t all milk and honey. An annoying drawback is the colour inconsistency. The presented colours rarely correspond to what’s in the tin and it could be quite disappointing to discover that your perfect coastal blue is more of a duck egg colour.
The brand allows you the possibility to choose from 26 shades, in the hope you’ll still find one that is satisfactory.