Sitting outside on your decking during the best weather in the UK spring and summer months(it does happen occasionally) is one of life’s simple pleasures.
Wooden decking is great when new but to maintain and prolong the life expectancy it requires coating every couple of years.
We look at the Best Decking Paint for your next DIY painting project.
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The No. 1 Decking Paint
The top spot of the decking paints that we applied was the Ronseal Decking Rescue Paint.
We liked the paint as this product is specifically designed to rescue old decks and save on replacement.
Comparison of Paints and Coatings for Decking Protection 2021
|Decking Paint/ Coating||Stated Coverage (m2 per litre)||Number of Coats|
|Ronseal Decking Rescue Paint||8||2|
|Roxil Wood Protection||3-5||1|
|Trade Paints Non-Slip Decking Paint||13||2|
|Cuprinol Anti Slip Decking||8||2|
|Ronseal Ultimate Protection Decking Stain||6.4||2|
|Ronseal Ultimate Protection Decking Oil||6.4||2|
|Blackfriar BKFASDC25L Anti-Slip Deck Coating||9||2|
#1 Ronseal Decking Rescue Paint
This decking rescue paint by Ronseal is great at reviving old garden decks. The paint fills cracks in the wood where the boards have weathered.
It also helps in sealing splinter in the deck where the wood is starting to lift.
It is a two coat system with a 2.5-litre tin covering 10m2 on ridged deck boards and 12m2 of smooth planed boards. It will apply straight over grey areas of the old deck.
Available in a range of colours, this product revives decking and will save you a lot of money compared to replacement.
Colours: Willow, Bramble, Charcoal, Chestnut, Deep Blue, English Oak, Maple, Slate, Warm Stone, White Wash
#2 Roxil Wood Protection
Roxil has produced a wood protection cream that is effective on both softwoods and aged hardwoods.
It produces a clear waterproof barrier for garden decking and also fence, furniture, and sheds.
It is a silicone-based protection emulsion cream that only requires one coat. The coating helps to reduce the growth of algae and mould.
The coating also aids in preventing warping and cracking of the wood. Roxil states that it weatherproofs wood for over 10 years. Due to the coating being a cream it is easy to see where it has been applied as it turns a creamy translucent colour before it dries.
#3 Trade Paints Non-Slip Decking Paint
Trade Paints Non-Slip Decking Paint is available in thirteen different colours in a satinwood finish. The paint comes in either a 2.5 litre or 5-litre tin.
The drying time of the paint is 2-4 hours depending on the external conditions.
It is hard-wearing single pack polyurethane which not only seals the timbers but also colours at the same time.
The paint is ideal for adding a non-slip surface to decking which can become particularly hazardous during winter months.
Suitable for all wooden decking types.
Colours: Battleship Grey, Black, Racing Green, Coffee, Lizard Grey, Mid Blue, Mid Green, Moorland, Oxford Blue,Plant Green, Royal blue, Sky Blue, White
#4 Cuprinol Anti Slip Decking
Cuprinol Anti Slip Decking is a stain available in twelve different colours. The stain offers long-lasting protection against the UK harsh weather conditions.
It is available in a variety of popular decking colours. The drying time between coats is 2-6 hours depending on the conditions that the stain is applied in.
It also has an anti-slip additive in the stain which is useful when algae can make decking slippery during the wet winter months. The finish is a semi-transparent Matt.
Cuprinol is a name associated with timber treatment for generations and this product is another quality offering.
Colours: Boston Teak, Hamshire Oak, Cedar Fall, Urban Slate, Natural Oak, Natural, Country Cedar, Golden Maple, City Stone, Black Ash, Silver Birch, Vermont Green, American Mahogany
#5 Ronseal Ultimate Protection Decking Stain
Ronseal Ultimate Protection decking stain is available in a choice of thirteen different colours.
This product is designed to soak into the wood to offer long-lasting protection against rain, wind and sun.
The stain is designed to prevent the wood greying from weather and age and also helps to stop the timber from splitting.
This brush applied water-based stain is a two coat system and the tins are available in both 2.5L and 5L choices.
The stain is a great product and it is supplied in a Matt finish.
Colours: Mountain Green, Slate, Cedar, Charcoal, Country Oak, Dark Oak, Medium Oak, Pine Mahogany, Teak, Stone Grey, Walnut, White wash
#6 Ronseal Ultimate Protection Decking Oil
This ultimate protection decking oil is another product designed by Ronsel, specially formulated for protecting your deck.
The oil is rainproof after 90 minutes of application, this is handy in the UK climate and it is advised to coat in temperatures of ten degrees celsius plus.
The decking oil restores the natural wood look of the decking timber.
It is a tough oil designed to protect against traffic footfall and weather. It restores the decking to its original look depending on the colour chosen.
It is a 2 coat application, coatable after 4 hours and it is advised to use a brush to apply to get into all the grooves.
Colours: Dark Oak, Natural., Natural Pine, Natural Oak, Natural Cedar, Teak, Mahogany
#7 Blackfriar BKFASDC25L Anti-Slip Deck Coating
This Blackfriar ant slip deck coating is a clear solution designed to enhance and protect your existing decking.
The coating has enhanced UV protection to help combat damage caused by sunlight.
The clear coating has additional anti-slip additives within the product which is helpful in that decking can become slippery during winter weather.
If a change in colour is required Blackfriar also offer wood preservative which can be applied prior to this coating.
This two-coat system is a solvent-based product and can be recoated after 12 hours. It has good coverage and is an ideal solution for external decking coating.
The garden decking is a great place to unwind or spend time with friends and family during the warmer months.
The UK weather and environment can attack the surface of the wooden decking causing it to degrade over time
Coating with specialist deck paints and coatings can prolong the life of decking as well as improve its appearance.
An ideal time to carry out the deck recoating is in early springtime or autumn before/after the traffic that the deck will incur.
Treated properly the coating can extend the life expectancy of the wood for years.