THE BEST PAINT PRODUCTS FOR EXTERIOR WOOD WINDOWS
Exterior wood windows give an elegant touch to the facade of a home but to maintain their beauty over time, you’ll have to protect them with a resistant coat of paint. And while there are dozens of products out there, only the best ones will live up to your expectations.
Sun, rain, wind and environmental elements take their toll and can easily crack or discolour the paint.
To help you find an exterior wood paint that withstands the unpredictable British weather, our expert team has tested and rated the most popular products in the UK. Check out our top picks below.
OUR BEST PICK WOODEN WINDOWS PAINTS
Best Of The Rest
Superb non-drip wood stain for planed softwood. Perfect for windows, doors, conservatories and more.
Coloured wood stain for exterior wood. Resists peeling, cracking and blistering.
High-quality primer and undercoat enriched with an advanced stain-locking mechanism.
Dulux Weather Shield is our favourite paint for various reasons. The first is its formulation. Designed to withstand extreme weathering, this product guarantees up to 6 years of protection as long as it is applied on properly prepared surfaces.
The paint dries to a flexible film that doesn’t crack or peel under the sun or rain. At the same time, the paint film also resists mould and discolouration.
Another thing we like is the one coat formulation that provides beautiful results despite the rather watery consistency. Formulated for exterior wood and metal, the paint is suitable to use on wood windows and doors, fences, sheds and a variety of other surfaces.
Bright colours and a high-sheen finish make the paintwork look better for longer, compared with conventional gloss paints.
The only downside of this paint is the toxic oil-based formula. We don’t recommend using this product on interior surfaces unless your environment is properly ventilated.
Natural wood is a contemporary alternative to painted surfaces, but you’ll still have to protect your windows from the elements. And here’s where the Quick Drying wood stain by Everbuild comes in handy.
This translucent wood stain is available in 8 natural shades and is formulated to offer long-term protection to the exterior and interior woodwork. Ideal to use on smooth planed wood, the wood stain comes at an affordable price and is compatible with a host of substrates.
Providing up to 5 years of protection on exterior surfaces, Quick Drying Woodstain boasts water-repellent properties and has an impressive resistance to peeling and cracking.
Another advantage is the water-based formulation that not only reduces the drying time but also makes the paint safe to use in all environments. Under ideal conditions, the stain touch dries and becomes showerproof in less than an hour.
A second coat can be applied after approximately four hours; we recommend applying a minimum of two coats to ensure proper protection.
Sadolin proposes an exceptional wood stain for planed softwood – designed to offer years of protection on all exterior wood surfaces, except for decking. Formulated to bring out the natural beauty of wood, the product comes in 7 natural and contemporary colours.
Thanks to an impressive make-up, Sadolin Non-Drip is easy and mess-free to apply. The best results are achieved with a synthetic brush but the favourite trait of its users is that the wood stain is specially formulated to be applied straight from the can with no stirring or shaking.
This could seem trivial, but not having to constantly stir the paint during application cuts your project time and ensures a frustration-free experience.
A thing we didn’t like – but which is common to all wood stains – is that the represented colours are only indicative and not an exact match. The final colour depends on the original colour and condition of the wood, as well as the number of coats applied.
Another great product for exterior wood windows is Quick Drying Woodstain by Ronseal. Formulated to withstand unpredictable weather, the product touch dries and becomes waterproof in only 30 minutes.
The coloured wood stain comes in 10 attractive shades and provides a tough and durable finish. Among the main qualities of this product we should mention the ready-to-apply formulation that doesn’t require priming or undercoating.
We also like that the paint is water repellent and UV resistant. Peeling, cracking and discolouration won’t bother you as long as the product is applied as instructed.
Although formulated for exterior surfaces, we also obtained good results in high-condensation areas including the bathroom. This adds versatility and you will have the capability to use this product for a wide range of applications.
Because most exterior wood paints have to be applied on a primed or undercoated surface, we decided to include this product in our list. This primer and undercoat in one by Ronseal is formulated to dry to a flexible film that doesn’t crack or peel.
But the flexible resin included in the composition of this product has many more advantages. In fact, it not only prevents cracking, it also boosts the overall durability of the topcoat.
Compatible with a range of wood paints, the product is guaranteed for 10 years if used with the Weatherproof wood paint manufactured by the same brand.
We also like the colour choice. This product comes in white and grey colours designed to be used with lighter and with darker paint shades. Although some people ignore this fact, choosing the right basecoat colour helps you achieve flawless results faster.