Not just any fence paint or stain will do! You need to be using the best fence paint for longer-lasting fence panels and accessories.
For your fence panels to last 20 years you must repair and re-paint once a year, this has been proven over and over again to prolong the life of your fence.
Keeping moisture out, preventing UV rays and protecting against the elements will dramatically improve the appearance and lifespan of your fence and accessories!
Fence Painting Tips
Remember to follow these important tips before painting your fence!
Never Put Off Painting From Your Fence
No matter how long you keep putting off the fence painting job, it will need to be done before the winter nights draw in.
Here at Wezaggle, we know that painting your fence can become a soul-destroying task especially if you have more than 5 panels to prep, stain and stain again for that perfect protection.
Painting your fence panels with the best fence paint is key to prolonging the life of your fence.
We have fence panels that are over 10 years old and still looking presentable.
It goes to show that using the best fence paint is key to keeping costs down while having decent fence panels free of rot, distortion, mould and splits.
Prepare Your Fence Panels For Painting
Preparing your fence panels for painting is another must-do-
By simply repairing any panels that have slipped or nailing trims will go a long way once you have finished.
You will want the structure of your panels, posts and trellis to be in top form when you stand back and appreciate the work carried out!
- Repair any slipped slats, use pins to fix them back in place
- Nail trims and panels, replace any rotten sections
- Clean any mould or green algae with rough sandpaper
- Scrape/sand any loose fence paint or old stain
The Best Fence Paints
Finally, here are the best fence paints to help your fencing survive the winter and make your garden ready for the summer months!
All fence paints featured here have been used by myself and our team, after many discussions, we have all finally agreed on the best paints for your fence based on:
- Condition after one year
- Thickness/quality of paint
- Application and absorption rate
- Algae destroying formulas
- Its waterproof quality – visual effect
So, without further advice from us here are the ultimate fence paints for 2021/22.
1) Cuprinol Ducksback + 5YR GUARANTEE!
This is the ultimate in fence paints, the Cuprinol Ducksback line is amazing because it’s waterproof once dry!
You can see the water droplets separate and roll down without being absorbed by the fence panel.
We have been using this brand for many years and always use it on our landscaping jobs because we are so confident the customer will be happy with the results.
It can be painted or sprayed and will require two coats on untreated timber.
Cuprinol is a great brand that supplies the industry with many award-winning paint lines.
The Ducksback has a 5-year guarantee and costs around £10-15 from selected DIY suppliers.
What makes Ducksback from Cuprinol such a good fence paint is the added wax that when sets resemble the back of a duck.
Once the stain is dry you can pour a glass of water over the fence and you will see what we mean!
Cuprinol Ducksback Features:
- No1 fence paint in the UK
- Costs: £10-15 for 5L
- Dries in around 2 hours
- Added wax for visual waterproof
- Non-drip and easy to apply
- Can be sprayed or brushed
2) Sadolin Shed And Fence
The Sadolin shed and fence stain is a serious contender for the top spot because it is made similar to the Ducksback by Cuprinol.
This fence stain also uses a wax-resin ingredient that makes it an excellent protector against moisture, rain and UV light.
Sadolin specialises in wood treatments and produces many uniques lines of wax, oils and stains!
What we like about Sadolin is its quick drying times and the absorption rate, added with the many unique colours and its 5-year guarantee makes Sadolin fence stain one of the best!
In general, you will only need to use one coat that can be sprayed or painted with a brush. Again if your fence panel, posts and accessories have not been treated then two coats will be needed!
Sadolin Shed And Fence Features
- No2 fence stain in the UK
- Costs: £11-16 for 5L
- Dries in around 30 minutes
- Enriched with wax
- Non-drip and easy to apply
- Should be brushed but can be sprayed
3) Ronseal Fence Life +
The Ronseal fence life plus comes in at number 3 in our list of the ultimate fence paints.
With a cheaper price tag, this Ronseal 9 litre tub will make any fence look great.
Best sprayed but can also be brushed, this thin paint soaks deep and helps prevent frost, UV damage and moisture buildup.
Using the Ronseal fen life plus is a great choice for both treated and intreated fence panels and accessories!
Ronseal Fence Life Plus Features
- No3 fence paint in the UK
- Costs: £17 for 9L
- Dries in around 60 minutes
- Non-drip and easy to apply
- Low odour
- Should spray but the brush is fine
Warnings & Preparations
Because some of the fence paints above have wax added for better water protection once it dries it can be extremely hard to remove.
So here are a few points to keeping mess to a minimum when painting your fence:
- Cover patios, lawns, plants with plastic/fabric sheeting
- Use protective clothing
- Be sure to wear goggles
Painting Fence Q&A
We advise our customers to paint their fences once a year before the winter months set in. Winter winds, rain and frost do the most damage to wooden fences.
A fence stain is best because it soaks deep and protects better. Fence paint is generally more cosmetic, if you want to use a fence paint then the Cuprinol line is best and protects just as good as a stain.
You should always apply two coats of stain and paint, if it’s a new fence then three coats will be required at times.
We use both brushes and spray, start with a spray and finish any misses with a brush. Never use a roller on fence panels because it will end up as a big mess.
This list of the BEST fence paints is selected from our own experience, user feedback and the test of time! We take great care in presenting to you the best fence paints for the UK market.
We love hearing from our readers here on Wezaggle and would like to know your thoughts, experiences and reviews.
So, if you have used a brand and would like to share it with our readers then use the comment section below.
Happy Fence Painting 😉
In this post:
- Fence Painting Tips
- The Best Fence Paints
- Warnings & Preparations
- Painting Fence Q&A